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Lanterman Regional Center Hosting Job Fair Saturday, July 9

Looking for a job?  We have several. 

Join us for a walk-in interview this Saturday, July 9, between 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at the Koch-Young Resource Center located at Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Please come prepared with your resume and dress professionally.

View all open positions, including in accounting, IT, administration, service coordination and more at https://lanterman.org/jobs. For more information, contact Human Resources at 213.252.8680.

All positions are full-time and in-person. The Center requires all employees to be vaccinated or adhere to weekly testing protocol.

Lanterman serves over 11,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, including children who are at risk for a developmental delay or disability, and adults who are at high-risk of parenting an infant with a disability. The Center offers lifelong services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to enable them to live independent, productive and satisfying lives as active members of their communities.

Interested in joining the team, the following is included in the benefits package for Lanterman employees:

Benefits

  • Employer Paid Medical
  • Employer Paid Dental
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • Employer Paid STD
  • Employer Paid LTD
  • Employer Paid Parking 
  • Employer Paid EAP Program
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan – 11 percent of employee’s gross earnings  
  • Vision
  • Flex Spending 
  • Discounted Gym Memberships
  • Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary Life 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness
  • Voluntary 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Voluntary 457(b) Retirement Plan

Vacation

  • Accrual rate of 5 hours per pay period to a maximum of 200 hours from date of hire through 48 months.
  • Accrual rate of 6.5 hours per pay period to a maximum of 300 hours starting at the 49th month.

Sick

  • Accrual rate 3.75 hours per pay period to a maximum of 640 hours.

Personal

  • Accrual of 2 days per year; 8 hours accrued January 1 and 8 hours accrued July 1.

The Center also offers:

  • 9/80 work schedule after the completion of a 6-month introductory period.
  • Bilingual Pay Differential for eligible positions.

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Women’s Reproductive Health and Self-Advocacy Class

Lanterman presents the Women's Reproductive Health and Self-Advocacy class on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Preventive Health Care
  • Doctor's Visits
  • Self-Advocacy

Register online: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscOGvrTMoEt0tAYMK67UuFccw7pzytdTT

Attendees must have a computer with audio (speakers and mic for activities) and video capabilities.

Any questions or concerns? Contact Mary Flynn at mflynn@lanterman.org or 213.252.4974.

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¿Qué es un programa de educación individualizado (IEP)?

El Centro Regional Lanterman, en colaboración con el Consejo Estatal de Discapacidades del Desarrollo, les invita a participar en el taller del Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) en jueves, 7 de julio de 2022 de 3:30 a 5:30 p.m. a través de Zoom. Aprender sobre:

  • ¿Cuál es proceso de mi IEP?
  • ¿Cómo prepararse para la junta de mi IEP?
  • ¿Cuáles son las estrategias que debo tomar en la junta de mi IEP?
  • ¿Cuáles son los principios de mi IEP?
  • ¿Cuáles son mis derechos y los de mi hijo (a)?

El espacio es limitado. Se requiere registro: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcO2qqjooE9cDT0k3Z_P_W4CHAgnuVUYv

Para más información, comuníquese con Joe Perales al jperales@lanterman.org o 213.252.4986.

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Estate Planning / Planificación Patrimonial

Lanterman Regional Center, in collaboration with Waterson Huth & Associates, invites you to participate in this Estate Planning workshop to plan ahead for your child with special needs on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about:

  • What is Estate Planning?
  • How do you leave funds for the benefit of your child?
  • How to prevent for your child not to lose public benefits?
  • How do you make sure funds are well managed?
  • How do you make sure there’s enough money to meet your child with a disability's needs?
  • How do you make sure that your other children are not over-burdened with caring for their sibling with a disability?

Space is limited. Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlduyuqT0pG9BSAe80Xyk7Lu21vhC-cB1j

For more information, contact Joe Perales at jperales@lanterman.org or 213.252.4986.

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El Centro Regional Lanterman, en colaboración con Waterson Huth & Associates, lo invita a participar en este taller de planificación patrimonial para planificar con anticipación para su hijo con necesidades especiales el jueves, 21 de julio de 2022 de 3:30 a 5:30 p.m. a través de Zoom. Aprender sobre:

  • ¿Qué es la planificación patrimonial?
  • ¿Cómo deja fondos para el beneficio de su hijo?
  • ¿Cómo evitar que su hijo pierda los beneficios públicos?
  • ¿Cómo se asegura de que los fondos estén bien administrados?
  • ¿Cómo se asegura de que haya suficiente dinero para satisfacer las necesidades de su hijo con discapacidad?
  • ¿Cómo se asegura de que sus otros hijos no estén sobrecargados por el cuidado de su hermano con discapacidad?

El espacio es limitado. Se requiere registro: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlduyuqT0pG9BSAe80Xyk7Lu21vhC-cB1j

La presentación es en inglés con interpretación en español.

Para más información, comuníquese con Joe Perales al jperales@lanterman.org o 213.252.4986.

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Lanterman’s SDAC Independent Facilitator (IF) Scholarship Request

Lanterman Regional Center's Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SDAC) presents their Independent Facilitator (IF) Scholarship Request with up to 10 scholarships available.

SDAC has identified the need for more Independent Facilitators (IF) that speak a language in addition to English. In response to this identified need, Lanterman is offering up to 10 scholarships for individuals who are interested in becoming an IF.

In addition to English, scholarship applicants must speak Spanish, Armenian or Korean and commit to providing IF services to a minimum of four Lanterman Regional Center individuals/families.

Applying
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, complete an application in accordance with the instructions posted on our website. Each selected individual may receive funds of up to $2,000.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Questions pertaining to submission instructions:
Adrian Jimenez, SDP Coordinator, at 213.252.8642

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Public Forum with Lanterman on 07/29

We welcome you to join Lanterman Regional Center's staff to talk about...on Friday, July 29, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom.

Discussion Topics:

  • Self-Determination Program
  • Participant Directed Services
  • Health and Safety Waivers
  • Resource Development Update
  • Social Rec Update
  • Needs Survey
  • KYRC upcoming trainings

Click here to register

Hosted by Parents Collaborate Support Group

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Public Forum with Lanterman 07/19

We welcome you to join Lanterman Regional Center's staff to talk about...on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Discussion Topics:

  • Self-Determination Program
  • Participant Directed Services
  • Health and Safety Waivers
  • Resource Development Update
  • Social Rec Update
  • Needs Survey
  • KYRC upcoming trainings

Click here to register

Hosted by Armenian Parent Support Group

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Technology Lending Library / Biblioteca de Préstamo de Tecnología

Easterseals Southern California has developed a Technology Lending Library in partnership with five Los Angeles County Regional Centers (Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center, Harbor Regional Center, Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, North Los Angeles County Regional Center, and San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center) intended for individuals and families who need technological equipment and support to continue their services.

  • Traditional laptop for day services, vocational training, and telehealth
  • iPad with screen protector and traditional touchscreen usage for day services, vocational training and telehealth
  • JayPad is an Android tablet with traditional touchscreen, self-charging stand to support the tablet, and an auto-join feature. Auto-join allows individuals to receive services, telehealth, and phone calls with no action needed on their part.

Easterseals will be responsible for the equipment loan, training and ongoing support. This includes the Easterseals IT Helpdesk.

If interested in this program for yourself or a family member, contact your Regional Center service coordinator for information about participation.

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Easterseals Southern California han desarrollado en colaboración con cinco Centros Regionales del Condado de Los Ángeles (Centro Regional del Este de Los Ángeles, Centro Regional de Harbor, Centro Regional Frank D. Lanterman, Centro Regional del Norte de Los Ángeles, y el Centro Regional de San Gabriel y Pomona una biblioteca de préstamo de tecnología para individuos y familiares que tienen la necesidad de equipo tecnológico y apoyo para su uso continuo.

  • Laptop tradicional para su uso en programas de día virtuales, entrenamiento vocacional y tele-salud.
  • iPad con protector de pantalla y con pantalla táctil, fácil de usar, para el uso durante los programas de día virtuales, entrenamiento vocacionales y tele- salud.
  • JayPad es una tableta Androide con pantalla táctil tradicional y cargador en estante que cuenta con la opción de auto iniciar sesiones virtuales. Esta opción permite que individuos reciban servicios virtuales, incluyendo llamadas y tele-salud sin ninguna acción de su parte.

Easterseals será responsable del préstamo de equipo, entrenamiento y apoyo continuo. Esto incluye acceso directo a la línea de apoyo de tecnología de Easterseals.

Si usted o a alguien de su familia está interesado en este programa, contacte a su coordinador de servicios en el Centro Regional para información acerca de su participación.

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From awareness…. to acceptance… to inclusion.

Nearly 400,000 Californians are empowered by the state of California to lead lives of greater inclusion in the community, with the support of regional centers, service providers, and family members.

ARCA is proud to sponsor Senate Concurrent Resolution 91, by Senator Melissa Hurtado (representing Central Valley and Kern Regional Centers). This celebrates May 2022 as "Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month." 

Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can and should make decisions for themselves, instead of having outcomes dictated to them. Making these choices with as much or as little support as needed and desired more effectively recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of these individuals.

We've seen growing awareness of disabilities generally, and the unique needs and contributions of people with disabilities specifically.

New tools like the Self-Determination Program and Supported Decision-Making strengthen person-centered planning and help ensure individuals with developmental disabilities can lead their lives as they choose. 

With innovations like these, our service system is working to find ever-more effective ways to center itself around the person with developmental disabilities.

Thus, the opportunity for full inclusion and community membership is the next logical step in the progress California must make to fully realize the promise of the Lanterman Act.

ARCA and the regional centers strongly support the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in community life, and we are thrilled to have Senator Hurtado championing this resolution!

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You’re Feedback Helps Us Make Our Best Even Better

Effective feedback, both positive and negative, is very important for any organization to continually improve and search for ways to make our best even better. While feedback from all of the Regional Center’s stakeholders is valuable, this most recent survey provided every client and family served by Lanterman Regional Center the opportunity to provide feedback on how we’re doing.
 
We invited the 11,000 clients and families we serve to participate in a mail-in survey sent out in their primary language to evaluate our performance and processes, and received an above average response, hearing back from 20 percent or more of you in each of the five languages – English, Spanish, Armenian, Korean or Chinese.
 
So, what did you have to say?
 
Overall, 93% of clients and families reported that they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the services and support that Lanterman provides. And then we broke it down into 10 different aspects of service and support for which responses were given along a 5-point scale:

  • Extremely Satisfied
  • Satisfied
  • Not sure
  • Dissatisfied
  • Extremely Dissatisfied

 We asked survey recipients questions in the following 10 areas and we’re sharing the percentage satisfied/extremely satisfied:

  1. Easy to reach by telephone – 87%
  2. Timely response to concerns as needed – 90%
  3. Respectful/professional staff communication – 97%
  4. Staff respect and honor my race/ethnic culture – 96%
  5. I feel listened to/understood by staff – 94 %
  6. Staff partner with helpful solution-based ideas – 91%
  7. Service coordinator knows and informs me about relevant services and supports – 90%
  8. Feel comfortable as active participant in IPP/IFSP – 92%
  9. I receive the services and supports I need – 91%
  10. The services and supports I receive have made a difference – 93% 

In 9 out of the 10 areas, 90 percent or more were satisfied or extremely satisfied. Our lowest mark at 87 percent satisfied/extremely satisfied was how easy, or perhaps not easy, we are to reach by telephone. Overall percent satisfaction by ethnicity was also over 90% among 7 self-identified ethnicities.
 
While there is a small percentage that is unsure, dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied, in each of these areas, feedback on both our strengths and weaknesses helps us improve. Also, respondents who had expressed a question or concern in their survey response, and chose to provide contact information, received a follow-up phone call.
 
Overall, two years into the COVID pandemic, it’s affirming that we have continued to be able to meet and exceed your expectations. There will always be room for growth, and room to improve and enhance how we provide services and supports, and your feedback helps us deliver an ever-better experience with the regional center to our clients and families.

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Lanterman Regional Center Caseload Ratio

Dear Lanterman Community,

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has found that Lanterman Regional Center is out of compliance with the requirements of the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c), which requires that regional centers maintain caseload ratios at or below specific averages.

In February 2022, Lanterman reported the following caseload ratios:

  • Medicaid Waiver - 1:82 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Children under 3 - 1:65 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center over 24 months ago - 1:59 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Over 3, not on Waiver - 1:84 (the required ratio is 1:66)
  • Complex Needs - 1:17 (the required ratio is 1:25)
  • Low or No POS - 1:10 (the required ratio is 1:40)

Welfare and Institutions Code 4640.6 (f) requires a plan of correction be developed for a regional center that has not complied with the caseload ratio requirements for two consecutive years. The Regional Center is required to solicit input from its community, including families, adults served by the regional center, service providers, the State Council, recognized labor unions and other interested parties.  

In addition, the state of California has committed to making a significant investment this coming fiscal year intended to assist in the reduction of caseload size. There are two ways you can provide input:

  • Attend our Community Meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. to learn more about our caseload ratios as well as to give input into our plan to reduce caseloads. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMudeytpzwuGNLQOKX437j6DreceIokAUN9   
  • Our draft response letter is listed below. If you would like to provide input, please submit via e-mail to CommunityInput@lanterman.org or send via U.S. Mail by May 21, 2022 to the address below:
    Melinda Sullivan
    Executive Director
    Lanterman Regional Center
    3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
    Los Angeles, CA 90010

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2022 Youth Leadership Summit for Students with Disabilities

Join the SCRS-IL Youth Leadership Summit for a five-day leadership program, July 17-22, 2022, for students with disabilities held at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). Speak with SoCal policy makers and educate one another on ways that we can bring equity to the lives of youth with disabilities.

Develop advocacy and leadership skills from SCRS alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a "personal futures plan" to help reach your future education, independent living and career goals.

Application and information available at www.scrs-ilc.org/yls.

For additional information and how to complete the application, e-mail or call: yls@scrs-ilc.org or 562.862.6531, x. 501. *Date subject to change. YLS is an in-person event. LA County COVID protocols enforced.

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DDS Wellness and Safety Bulletin: Crime Prevention

Check out the latest DDS Wellness and Safety Bulletin on the topic of Crime Prevention. This bulletin is intended to inform our community about what steps they can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming the victim of a crime and what to do if victimized. 

All bulletins are available on the DDS website in the Wellness Toolkits section: https://www.dds.ca.gov/consumers/wellness-toolkit/

Crime Prevention for Self-Advocates

Crime Prevention for Vendors/Providers

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Project SEARCH CHLA is Looking for Interns for the 2022-2023 School Year

Project SEARCH CHLA is looking for interns for the 2022-2023 school year. Information sessions coming soon.

Project SEARCH is a one-year school to work program that takes place at a host business site, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The focus is training students with developmental disabilities for competitive work. The curriculum teaches students employability skills, soft skills, transferable job skills as well as functional life skills in a real world setting. Students rotate between internships learning the skills below:

  • Team building,
  • Accessing workplace technologies,
  • Social skills/Health and wellness,
  • communication skills,
  • interviewing skills,
  • money management,
  • job search skills.

Looking for students who:

  • Are in their last year of LAUSD. Born in late 2000 or 2001
  • Be a SCLARC or Lanterman Client
  • Willing to commit to travel training to and from site
  • Commit to job development and work at least 16 hours a week once employed
  • Be motivated to have a job and learn about independence.
  • Willing to commit to a year long internship

For more information, contact:

Alejandra Alvarez
Program Coordinator
alejandra.alvarez@pathpoint.org
562.233.3604

or

Mike Whitfield
LAUSD Instructor
mdw6633@lausd.net
310.291.6788

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“Special Alert” Request by The LA County Sheriff’s Department

Solicitud de “Alerta Especial" Creado por El Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Los Ángeles
Families can notify law enforcement if a loved one lives at home with a mental health condition, developmental, and/or intellectual disability. The “Special Alert” computer system will allow deputies to decide how to best handle the situation, what resources to bring, and if a team of mental health professionals is needed.

Families can submit more than one form to include other locations that are often visited by their loved one (for example, a park, mall, theater, etc.).

Visit https://lasd.org/specialalert/ for more information.

To fill out a form, visit: https://tinyurl.com/3hfn2p98


Las familias pueden notificar a la policía si un ser querido vive en casa con una condición de salud mental, y/o una discapacidad del desarrollo o intelectual. El sistema "Alerta Especial" permitirá que los policías decidan cómo manejar la situación, qué recursos traer, y si necesitaran llamar a un equipo de profesionales de la salud mental.

Las familias pueden llenar más de un formulario para incluir otros lugares que son visitados por su ser querido con frecuencia (por ejemplo, un parque local, una tienda, un teatro, etc.).

Para más información, visite https://lasd.org/specialalert/

Para completar un formulario, visite: https://tinyurl.com/3hfn2p98

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Happy Holidays from Lanterman

On behalf of Lanterman Regional Center, we send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all of our clients, their families and our service providers. May your celebrations be safe, peaceful and joyous and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hope-filled new year.


Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities

The Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities was developed through a partnership between the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).

This guide describes actions and considerations that individuals with disabilities can use to increase preparedness before, during, and after disasters.

Cal OES and DOR encourage individuals to:

  1. Get emergency alerts
  2. Make an evacuation plan
  3. Pack a Go Bag
  4. Build a Stay Box for when you can’t leave
  5. Help friends and neighbors get ready

Please note: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified and Tagalog versions are in the works.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit and Make Some Ornaments for the State Capitol Tree

For more than two decades, ornaments created by persons with developmental disabilities have been used to decorate the State Capitol Tree, and the Department of Developmental Services has put out the request for ornaments for 2021's tree.

Their goal is to again contribute hundreds of ornaments to this year's tree. To be included on the tree, DDS must receive all ornaments by Friday, November 12, 2021.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place the first week of December. This year, as in previous years, a child with a developmental disability will participate in the evening ceremony with Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

If you have questions, contact Amy Wall, DDS Assistant Deputy Director of External and Public Affairs, at 916.869.8833 or amy.wall@dds.ca.gov.

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Looking for 3 New Board Members, plus Board Recruitment Fair on 11/04

Lanterman Regional Center is recruiting for three potential board members, whose two-year terms would begin July 2022 and go thru June 2024. 

The Center is also looking for someone with financial, insurance or human resources experience willing to serve on the Administrative Affairs committee, which meets the second Tuesday of the month at 12 p.m. 

We are hosting a board recruitment fair on Thursday, November 4, that will explain more about the role and responsibilities of board members. Those interested in serving on Lanterman's board of directors should attend and learn more.

See below for a list of frequently asked questions, and following is some additional reference information.

W&I Code §4622 – The state shall contract only with agencies, the governing boards of which conform to all of the following criteria:

  • (a) The governing board shall be composed of individuals with demonstrated interest in, or knowledge of, developmental disabilities.
     
  • (b) The membership of the governing board shall include persons with legal, management or board governance, financial, and developmental disability program expertise. Board governance expertise may not be acquired solely by serving on a regional center board.
     
  • (c) The membership of the governing board shall include representatives of the various categories of disability to be served by the regional center.
     
  • (d) The governing board shall reflect the geographic and ethnic characteristics of the area to be served by the regional center.
     
  • (e) A minimum of 50 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities or their parents or legal guardians. No less than 25 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities.
     
  • (f) Members of the governing board shall not be permitted to serve more than seven years within each eight-year period.
     
  • (i) The advisory committee shall designate one of its members to serve as a member of the regional center board.

 

BOARD RECRUITMENT FAIR

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

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Community Input and Support Needed on Alternative Staffing Model by 10/29, Meeting Being Held 10/19 About This

Lanterman Regional Center is requesting to continue its Alternative Staffing Model as described in the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c). Any proposed changes to staffing must benefit clients and families served, and demonstrate clear and convincing support by the community served and impacted – such as clients, families, service providers, advocates and staff. In addition to service coordinators, our model includes two Family Support Specialist positions and two Quality Assurance positions.

Without clear and demonstrated support from Lanterman clients, families, service providers and community members, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will not approve our alternative staffing request. If you value the Koch-Young Resource Center (KYRC) and the role of Quality Assurance staff, please take the time to write a short letter of support.

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Check Your Mail for a Regional Center Satisfaction Survey / Revise su Correo para Obtener una Encuesta de Satisfacción del Centro Regional

Check your mail! Over the next two weeks, all clients and families served by Lanterman Regional Center will be receiving a satisfaction survey in their primary language.
 
There is the option to complete a paper survey or take the survey online. Either way, please take just a few minutes to complete the survey and share with us how we are doing during these challenging times.
 
Directions for accessing the survey online are in the left-hand side of the letter you will be receiving. If you prefer using the paper survey, we have included a stamped return envelope, so once completed, just drop it back in the mail to us. Please complete the survey online or return via mail by the end of October.
 
Responses will be kept confidential and it is not necessary for you to provide your name. If you want someone from the Regional Center to reach out to you to assist with any concerns or questions, please provide your name and telephone number as well as a description of your concern.
 
We're all in this together, so please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on how we're doing.

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¡Revisa tu correo! Durante las próximas dos semanas, todos los clientes y familias atendidos por el Centro Regional Lanterman recibirán una encuesta de satisfacción.

Existe la opción de completar una encuesta en papel o realizar la encuesta en línea. De cualquier manera, tómese unos minutos para completar la encuesta y compartir con nosotros cómo lo estamos haciendo durante estos tiempos difíciles.
 

Las instrucciones para acceder a la encuesta en línea se encuentran en el lado izquierdo de la carta que recibirá. Si prefiere utilizar la encuesta en papel, hemos incluido un sobre de devolución sellado, así que una vez completado, envíenoslo por correo. Complete la encuesta en línea o devuélvala por correo antes del fin de octubre.

Las respuestas se mantendrán confidenciales y no es necesario que proporcione su nombre. Si desea que alguien del Centro Regional se comunique con usted para ayudarlo con cualquier inquietud o pregunta, proporcione su nombre y número de teléfono, así como una descripción de su inquietud.

Estamos todos juntos en esto, así que tómese unos minutos para compartir sus pensamientos sobre cómo lo estamos haciendo.

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New Provisional Eligibility for 3 and 4-Year-Old Children / Nueva Elegibilidad Provisional para Niños de 3 y 4 Años

Starting July 2021, 3 and 4-year-old children may be eligible for regional center services under the Lanterman Act provisionally. The child does not need to be found to have a developmental disability to be eligible if the child is 3 or 4 years old. However, the child must:

  • Have a disability that is not solely physical in nature, and
  • Must have significant functional limitations in at least two of the following areas:
    • Self-care
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction

Prior to age 5, a child must be reassessed to see if the child has a developmental disability which is needed to be eligible for ongoing regional center services.

To apply or re-apply for services, e-mail referrals@lanterman.org or contact the Intake referral line at 213.252.8610. Read more on our Applying for Services webpage.

If you currently receive Early Start services, ask your service coordinator for more information.

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A partir de julio de 2021, los niños de 3 y cuatro 4 años de edad pueden ser elegibles para los servicios del centro regional bajo la Ley Lanterman provisionalmente. No es necesario que se descubra que el niño tiene una discapacidad del desarrollo para ser elegible si el niño tiene 3 o cuatro 4 años de edad. Sin embargo, el niño debe:

  • Tener una discapacidad que no es únicamente de naturaleza física, y
  • Debe tener limitaciones funcionales significativas en al menos dos de las siguientes áreas:
    • Autocuidado
    • Lenguaje receptivo y expresivo
    • Aprendizaje
    • Movilidad
    • Autodirección

Antes de los 5 años de edad, un niño debe ser reevaluado para ver si el niño tiene una discapacidad del desarrollo que es necesaria para ser elegible para los servicios continuos del centro regional.

Para aplicar o volver a aplicar para servicios, envíe un correo electrónico a referrals@lanterman.org o comuníquese con la línea de referencia de admisión al 213.252.8610. Lea más en nuestra página web aplicar para servicios.

Si actualmente recibe servicios de Early Start, pídale a su coordinador de servicios para más información.

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National Disability Voter Registration Week, September 13-20, 2021

Lanterman Regional Center is proud to announce our participation in the National Disability Voter Registration Week during the week of September 13-20, 2021. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) launched the REV UP campaign in 2016 with a goal to increase the political power of the disability community. The National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) grew out of the REV UP efforts and organized yearly with the help of organizations serving people with disabilities across the nation.

NDVRW is a national, nonpartisan campaign to register, educate and prepare voters with disabilities for the 2021 elections and beyond. This NDVRW is focusing on the message that our vote is powerful. One in 4 adults in America lives with a disability, and we need more of them to participate in elections. Together, we can hold our leaders accountable to make decisions that ensure people with disabilities have access to employment, community living, education, transportation, healthcare and more.

If you are not registered to vote, and would like to register, click on the link below.

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2021/22 Community Resource Development Plan Community Input Summary

Each year Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center develops Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) and Community Placement Plan (CPP) proposals which are presented to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to meet the needs of the clients and families we serve. Resource development feedback for 2021/22 was obtained from an online survey and input from our support group participants.

Following is a summary of the input received by Lanterman Regional Center. These are the ranked priorities based on community input:

  1. Behavior management services
  2. Employment support
  3. Early start therapies (OT, PT, speech)
  4. Social skills training
  5. Specialized housing for individuals with behaviors or health care needs
  6. Community integrated services

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Lanterman Regional Center Caseload Ratio

Dear Lanterman Community,

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has found that Lanterman Regional Center is out of compliance with the requirements of the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c), which requires that regional centers maintain caseload ratios at or below specific averages.

On March 1, 2021 Lanterman reported the following caseload ratios:

  • Medicaid Waiver - 1:82 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Children under 3 - 1:59 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center over 24 months ago - 1:70 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center between 12 & 24 months ago - 1:43 (the required ratio is 1:45)
  • Complex Needs - 1:24 (the required ratio is 1:25)
  • Over 3, not on Waiver - 1:70 (the required ratio is 1:66)

Welfare and Institutions Code 4640.6 (f) requires a plan of correction be developed for a regional center that has not complied with the caseload ratio requirements for two consecutive years. The regional center is required to solicit input from its community, including families, adults served by the regional center, service providers, the State Council, recognized labor unions and other interested parties.  

Please read the draft response letter. If you would like to provide input, please submit via e-mail to CommunityInput@lanterman.org or send via U.S. Mail by August 31, 2021 to the address below:

Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director
Lanterman Regional Center
3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Welcome Back! KYRC Reopening for Visitors on 08.05.21

¡Bienvenido de vuelta! Reabriendo del KYRC para visitantes el 08.05.21

The Koch-Young Resource Center is reopening for visitors beginning Thursday, August 5, 2021. / El Centro de Recursos Koch-Young está reabriendo para los visitantes a partir de jueves, 5 de Agosto de 2021.

Contact the KYRC Help Desk to make an appointment at: kyrc@lanterman.org or 213.252.5600 / Póngase en contacto con el Help Desk de KYRC para hacer una cita en: kyrc@lanterman.org o 213.252.5600

  • Available appointment days are Thursday and Friday. Once we receive your request we will confirm your time. / Los días de cita disponibles son jueves y viernes. Una vez que recibamos su solicitud, le confirmaremos su hora.
  • All library items (including toys) will be available for loan (2 items at a time). We ask that you call ahead of time to reserve the items. Search the library catalog online at: www.library.lanterman.org  / Todos los artículos de la biblioteca (incluidos los juguetes) estarán disponibles para préstamo (2 artículos a la vez). Le pedimos que llame con anticipación para reservar los artículos. Busque en el catálogo de la biblioteca en línea en: www.library.lanterman.org
    • All items will be thoroughly cleaned upon return. / Todos los artículos se limpiarán a fondo a su regreso.
  • In order to ensure social distancing, we will enforce a maximum capacity of one visitor at a time per appointment only (no children). Masks will be required. / Con el fin de garantizar el distanciamiento social, haremos cumplir una capacidad máxima de solamente un visitante a la vez por cita (sin niños). Se exigirán mascarillas.

We are excited to begin reopening to the public! / ¡Estamos muy contentos de comenzar a reabrir al público!

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Final Budget Agreement - The Biggest Investment Our System Has Seen In Many Years

Resharing from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA):

Legislative leaders, members of the Senate and Assembly, and Governor Newsom have agreed to a Budget that gives our system tremendous reason for hope.

As Rita Walker, ARCA's Board President put it, "the new funds in this budget set the stage for enhancing the ability of regional centers and service coordinators to serve clients and address their individual and unique needs.”

The bottom line? A lot of money in the coming years to support a more modern, responsive system that can better meet individual and family needs. 

Key points (more details here) are:

  • A five-year phase-in of rate reform for service providers
  • A total of nearly $90 million a year for new regional center service coordinators, starting July 2022
  • Modernized technology to both help families and people served by regional centers have more control over their data and support critical system infrastructure 
  • Creation of a training and certification program for direct support professionals, as well as extra funds for cultural competency and language access
  • Restoration of social recreation and camp! (as well as educational services and non-medical therapies)
  • A performance incentive pilot program for regional centers
  • Additional funds for individuals seeking employment
  • Expanded regional center service eligibility for certain 3- and 4-year-old children
  • New support for reaching diverse communities
  • Ending the Uniform Holiday Furlough Schedule
  • Getting rid of the sunset on the ~8% rate increase for service providers


Soon, we'll be launching an effort to help you connect with your legislators to let them know you appreciate them responding to your advocacy. This is a huge long-term commitment to our system and the over 350,000 Californians it serves. It's critical they know this was the right choice. Sign up today!

ARCA's Executive Director, our own Amy Westling, said it best. 
"We are deeply grateful for the long-term commitment the Legislature and Governor have made to our community, and their collaborative work to secure this funding. As these funds come into our system, they will help ensure the needs of people with developmental disabilities, and their families, are front and center."

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Lanterman Regional Center Reopening Update

Dear Lanterman Community,

With the reopening of California on June 15, and the lifting of most restrictions by the State and Los Angeles County, we know you may be wondering when Regional Center activities will return to pre-pandemic practices.

Since COVID-19 rates are at the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic:

  • social distancing is no longer required 
  • limits on capacity at restaurants, supermarkets, gyms, etc. are lifted
  • masks will no longer be mandated for vaccinated people in most settings, (except on public transportation, in health care settings, indoors at K-12 schools, child care settings, day camps, and youth facilities, in cooling centers, and at some businesses and offices that require them).

The Center, however, has not yet reopened to the public at this time. We are in the process of preparing our offices and planning for gradually and safely resuming in-person meetings, resource center visits, etc. in the coming months. These plans will be consistent with all current directives from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and the appropriate local departments of public health.

We have also asked our service providers to work with us in planning for resuming in-person services that are reflective of these directives as well, taking into account all individual clients’ needs, so that their clients will be safe and successful in returning to onsite activities.

We continue to encourage everyone who is not yet vaccinated to do so. Vaccinations have played a crucial role in allowing this reopening and it’s never been easier to get a vaccine locally. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, free and effective, and are now available to everyone age 12 and up.

Let’s end this pandemic. If you have not yet received your vaccine, check for available appointments and book your vaccination as soon as you can.

Please let your Service Coordinator know if there is any assistance the Center can provide as we move into the next stages of this pandemic.

We hope that you and your family remain healthy and are able to enjoy the summer months.

Kind Regards,
Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director

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Enroll Before June 30 — No Doctor’s Signature Needed

There is nothing more important than your health. That’s why we created the Medical Baseline Allowance program. Specifically designed for households that rely on in-home medical equipment, this program allows you to use more electricity at our lowest rate, which can lower your overall monthly energy costs, assuming consistent electricity use.

Enroll Before June 30 — No Doctor’s Signature Needed
The COVID consumer protections which waived the need for a medical professional’s signature to apply for the Medical Baseline Allowance program expire on June 30 (a signature will be required after that date). A wide range of medical devices and equipment are eligible, so qualifying is easier than ever. Apply today and start saving!

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