Individuals with a dual diagnosis (chronic mental illness and an intellectual disability) who were denied normative childhood experiences are likely unprepared for the world of work. The childhood experiences of delivering newspapers, selling raffle tickets for a school fund raiser or operating a lemonade stand all serve to teach critical work adjustment skills. The challenge for adults with a dual diagnosis is further exacerbated by spending years in an anormative institutional environment. When combined with the chronic symptoms of their disabilities, employment and volunteering are seldom seen as reasonable options. In this pragmatic presentation, Dr. Tom Pomeranz drives home the point that “work” or expenditure of meaningful effort is the great equalizer. Tom will share best practice examples of how organizations have designed meaningful work experiences, for this population, through cottage industries, micro-enterprises, mobile work crews and alliances with community businesses. Most importantly this session provides attendees with the tools to transition programs from a train then place paradigm to a train in place paradigm; a program focused on teaching the skills in the environment where they are to be exercised. As a part of this training, participants will be able to:
Explain the implications of Olmstead and its potential impact on sheltered employment programs and traditional adult day programs.
Describe the historical evolution of traditional day program services.
Explain the limitations of the employment continuum.
Define the components of meaningful work.
Describe the elements for best practice adult day services.
Describe those situations when cottage industries and micro enterprises may be a preferred approach to meaningful employment.
California Endowment Center for Healthy Families and Communities 1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Summer Opportunities and Resources
Update: We've just recently added flyers for some mid to late summer opportunities, so be sure to check them out.
We've compiled flyers for various summer opportunities and resources. This compilation is by no means comprehensive. We'll add opportunities and resources as we become informed of them.
Please note that Lanterman does not endorse any specific opportunity, program, camp, etc., we are providing this for informational purposes only.
As part of the Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) commitment to provide information to the general public, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and professionals in the field, DDS produces the Fact Book on an annual basis. The Fact Book presents pertinent data over a 10-year period about the individuals served by DDS, including an overview of the service delivery system and trends in California. The Fact Book contains valuable information that is helpful in better understanding California’s developmental services system and the people served.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) monitors the actions and efforts of regional centers to ensure they meet statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations, and uphold the values of the Lanterman Act, the legislation guiding the developmental services system in California.
For more information on DDS' monitoring activities, visit the Regional Center Oversight Dashboard on the DDS Web site and click on the oversight functions. Oversight functions include:
Purchase of Service Report
National Core Indicators
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Compliance
2016 Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report Now Online
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.
50th Anniversary Edition of the History of the Regional Centers in California
Strengthening the Commitment... Reinvesting in the System: A Journey of Community Partnership
The history chronicles more than five decades of the regional centers' journey - of learning from experience, gaining new knowledge, taking steps forward, and constantly facing new challenges. Print copies are available at the Koch-Young Resource Center but you can also download a PDF from the link below.