California law and regulation requires that regional centers display on their Web sites information about the dollar value of services they purchase for clients. These data (called "purchase of service" or "POS" data) must be reported separately by clients' ethnic/racial group, langauge and diagnosis.
Regional Centers are funded by dollars allocated by the state of California through the State’s annual budget process. These dollars come from a variety of state and federal sources and fund both regional center operations and the purchase of services for clients and families.
Budgets for the 21 regional centers and the Department of Developmental Services, which operate on a fiscal year cycle of July through June of each year, are proposed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature and ultimately the Governor. Actual allocations depend on a variety of factors, including the total amount of dollars available, identified needs for all state-funded programs, and any new initiatives that are being proposed.
The following articles and links provide an overview of adopted budgets and updates to budget developments when available.
California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) Alerts and Reports
This network provides updates direct from Sacramento on many aspects of our service system, including budget and legislative issues. This information can be accessed on the CDCAN Web site at www.cdcan.us.
Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)
The statewide Association of the 21 regional centers provides a wide range of information about the centers, including budgetary and advocacy efforts. Information is available on the ARCA Web site at www.arcanet.org.
Information posted in this category will relate to the actual budget, the budget trailer bill and budget act, as well as communications released from the governor’s office, the Senate, the Assembly and the Department of Developmental Services.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Visit www.dds.ca.gov/Budget/Home.cfm for all budget-related news from DDS.
Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
The LAO is an arm of the Legislature that impartially reviews and assesses the impact of proposed legislation and budgets. Visit www.lao.ca.gov for all budget-related news from the LAO.
Visit www.ebudget.ca.gov for all budget-related material from the governor’s office.