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DPSS to Replace MTA Metal Bus Tokens with New Transit Access Pass (TAP) Effective July 1

Effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) will discontinue the issuance of the metal Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus tokens and transition customers into using a new stored-value Transit Access Pass (TAP) card that will enable simpler and safer travel throughout Los Angeles County.

DPSS currently issues MTA bus tokens to help meet the emergency transportation needs of customers participating in various assistance programs administered by the Department.

The new TAP card contains a pre-set value and one-year expiration date. The cards will be issued in three values: $3.50, $7.00 and $10.00.

Bus tokens will no longer be sold by MTA or issued by DPSS beginning June 28, 2019, but will be accepted as MTA fare until November 29, 2019.

For additional information, call the DPSS Customer Service Center Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 866.613.3777.

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Los Angeles County Rolling Out New Voting System

El Condado de los Angeles Comienza el Desplego de un Nuevo Sistema de Votación

Starting in 2020, voting in the County of Los Angeles will be easier for all voters and far more accessible for voters with disabilities./A partir del 2020, votar en el Condado de Los Angeles será más fácil para todos los votantes y mucho más accesible para los votantes con discapacidades.

For the past 10 years the County Registrar/Recorder has engaged with the broader community to update the voting experience, bringing innovative technology and new approaches to voting. The final phase of this project is a series of community meetings throughout the county to teach voters how the new system will work and to get feedback on where voting centers should be located.

Click here for community meeting information
Durante los últimos 10 años, el Registrador del Condado se ha comunicado con la comunidad para actualizar la experiencia de votación, trayendo tecnología innovadora y nuevos enfoques para votar. La fase final de este proyecto es una serie de reuniones comunitarias en todo el condado para enseñar a los votantes cómo funcionará el nuevo sistema y para obtener opiniones sobre dónde deben estar ubicados los centros de votación.

Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre las reuniones comunitarias

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Community Forum on Changes to Home and Community-Based Services

Save the date for a community forum on changes to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Villa Esperanza Services in Pasadena. This forum is for clients and families to attend and learn more about how all service providers are modifying the types of services they offer and how they are offered to be compliant with HCBS Final Rule.

Organized by Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst, FVO Solutions and Lanterman Regional Center; and supported by the City of Pasadena Accessibility and Disability Commission.

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2019/20 Community Resource Development Plan Community Input Summary

The Department of Developmental Services requires regional centers to collect community input regarding services that are needed by people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Following is a summary of the input received by Lanterman Regional Center. This information will be used for the FY 2019/20 request for Community Placement Plan funds.

Input for the 2019/20 Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) was collected at seven community meetings: Client Advisory Committee, Service Provider Advisory Committee, Programs and Services Committee, Early Intervention Family Support Group, Korean Family Support Group, and two Spanish-speaking family support groups. A total of 132 people provided input.

The following comments were made:
(Note – number in ( ) indicates how many said this)

  • Need recreation/art/music programs (74)
  • Need after school programs (66)
  • Need social skills training (59)
  • Need behavior management training (55) – note: 45 want it in Spanish
  • Need affordable housing (28)
  • Need supportive housing for people with health issues (15)
  • Want a program with meaningful activities (i.e. work skills) for young adults (7)
  • Want adult programs in Spanish (4)
  • Want pool therapy (3)
  • Need a job (2)
  • Need a social group (1)
  • Need computer training (1)
  • Need behavior assessments for adults (1)
  • Need wheelchair maintenance (1)
  • Need ILS training (1)
  • Want sensory training program (1)
  • Want a picky eater program (1)
  • Need respite (1)
  • Want floortime (1)
  • Want a nutrition class (1)
  • Want a program on the weekend (1)
  • Want peer social opportunities for young adults (1)
  • Want OT/PT/ST for EI child (1)
  • Want more staff at the family resource center (1)
  • Need to teach Skilled Nursing Facilities how to work with our clients (1)
  • Need cognitive therapy (1)

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CalFresh Food Benefits for Eligible SSI Recipients Begins June 1

Beginning June 1, 2019, SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFresh food benefits. This will not change or cause reduction to your SSI/SSP amounts. There are three different ways to find out if you qualify for food benefits:

  1. Visit the CalFresh Web site (available in English, Spanish and Chinese) and apply online at
  2. Call the CalFresh information line at 1.877.847.3663 (available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and Russian). For speech and/or hearing assistance, call 711 Relay.
  3. Visit your local county office to apply. Interpretation services available in all languages, and reasonable accommodations are available.


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My Personal Safety in an Emergency - Feeling Safe, Being Safe

Lanterman Regional Center presents "My Personal Safety in an Emergency - Feeling Safe, Being Safe," an emergency preparedness workshop for clients ages 15-plus with developmental disabilities on July 23, 2019.


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Navegando el Sistem de Necesidades Especiales: Entrenamiento de Coordinacion de Servicios y Abogacia

Este curso provee a las familias con las habilidades y conocimientos necesarios acerca del centro regional para que sean socios informados y abogados para el miembro de su familia con necesidades especiales.


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Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidance on ABLE Accounts Released

On April 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released long-awaited official guidance on the treatment of ABLE accounts in HUD-Assited Programs ( This guidance provides reassurance to prospective and current CalABLE account holders participating in low-income housing programs, as it affirms that HUD program administrators and public housing directors must disregard amounts in an individual's ABLE account when determining eligiblity and continued occupancy.

The notice applies to the public housing program; the housing choice voucher program; project-based section 8; Section 202/162 project assistance contract; Section 202 project rental assistance contract; Section 202 senior preservation rental assistance contracts; Section 811 project rental assistance contract; Section 811 project rental assistance; Section 236; and Section 221(d)(3) and Section 221(d)(5) below market interest rate.

Click here to learn more and read the guidance letter.

For more information on the CalABLE program (, contact them at 916.653.1728 or


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Reproductive Health and Self-Advocacy Program

Lanterman and Get Safe present Reproductive Health and Self-Advocacy Program for Lanterman male and female clients with special needs 15 years and up. Topics covered include body basics, safe sex, and doctor visits and exams. The parent orientation is on June 6, 2019 and the program begins on June 13, 2019.


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Tech Solutions for Independence

Lanterman and ATEC present the third workshop in the TechTools Workshop Series 2019: "Tech Solutions for Independence." Learn about the technology tools and resources for adults with disabilities for college, employment and daily living. Includes equipment demonstration and hands-on opportunities. This workshop is scheduled for July 23, 2019.


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Dance with Me!: A Parent and Me Music Series on Thursdays

Dance With Me! is part of the Parent and Me Music Series and is for children ages 2 to 4. This session runs for four consecutive weeks starting May 30, 2019.


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March 20 ~ DDS Rate Study Meeting in Los Angeles/DDS Reunión de Estudio de Tarifas en Los Ángeles

Do you or a family member receive Regional Center services? Your opinion is important.  

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been working with a contractor to complete a rate study about service provider rates. More information about the rate study can be found here.

As part of this, DDS is hosting seven meetings throughout the State this week for individuals who have a developmental disability and use regional center services, and for their families. The series of local meetings for regional center clients and families are meant to provide a vehicle and opportunity for people to make comments. The public has until Friday, April 5, 2019 to submit any comments regarding the rate study and related documents and issues.

The Los Angeles meeting is this Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in English only and from 7 to 9 p.m. in English with Spanish interpretation available at South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, 2500 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

Space is limited for this meeting, so please register online as soon as possible at
During this meeting, you will:

  • Hear information about the rate study, including how and why it was done.
  • See highlights about the rate models and the rate study and where to find more information.
  • Be able to give feedback and ask questions about the rate models.

For questions about the meetings, contact Jami at or call 503.924.3783, x.10 for help signing up.

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¿Usted o un miembro de su familia recibe servicios del Centro Regional? Sus opiniones son importantes.

El Departamento de Servicios del Desarrollo (DDS) está trabajando con un contratista en un estudio de precios sobre las tarifas de nuestros proveedores de servicios. Puede encontrar más información sobre el estudio sobre las tarifas aquí.

Como parte de esto, DDS organiza siete reuniones en todo el Estado esta semana para personas que tienen una discapacidad del desarrollo y utilizan los servicios del centro regional, y para sus familias. La serie de reuniones locales para los clientes y las familias del centro regional están destinadas a proporcionar un vehículo y una oportunidad para que las personas hagan comentarios. El público tiene hasta el viernes 5 de abril de 2019 para enviar sus comentarios sobre el estudio de tarifas y los documentos y problemas relacionados.

La reunión en Los Ángeles es este miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019, de 4:30 a 6:30 p.m. solo en inglés, y de 7 a 9 p.m. en inglés con interpretación en español disponible en South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, 2500 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

El espacio para esta reunión es limitado, así que regístrese en línea lo antes posible en

Durante esta reunión:

  • Conocerá información sobre el estudio de tarifas, incluyendo cómo y por qué se lo realizó.
  • Ver los puntos destacados sobre los modelos de tarifas y el estudio de tarifas, además de indicarles dónde encontrar más información.
  • Tendrá la oportunidad de hacer comentarios y preguntas.

Si tiene preguntas sobre los reuniones, contacte a Jami por correo electrónico a o llame al 503.924.3783, x. 10, para recibir ayuda para inscribirse.

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People With Disabilities may be Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks

If you or your child has a permanent disability you may be entitled to a free, lifetime pass to visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. Qualifying disabilities include physical, mental or sensory impairments.

The pass can be used at over 2000 federal recreation sites across the nation. Those include National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and other federal recreation lands. It also extends that same privilege to everyone in the vehicle with the pass holder. So, if one person in your family qualifies, you can all visit a park for free with that person’s pass.

In order to get a pass you’ll need:

  • A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that you have a permanent physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and stating the nature of the impairment; OR
  • A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability. Other acceptable federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); OR
  • A document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation agency benefits or services as a result of medically determined blindness or permanent disability. Showing a state motor vehicle department disability sticker, license plate or hang tag is not acceptable documentation.

You’ll need to fill out this application, and then either mail it in with a $10 processing fee or go to a federal recreation site in person with proof of disability and residency. The Access Passes can also be purchased online through, which is the organization’s preferred way to receive applications.

Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a physical card that can be used for park admission.


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March 24 ~ Abilities Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific presents free Abilities Night for people with disabilities and their families. With the exception of Lorikeet Forest, all animal exhibits will be open. On Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Capacity is limited. Advanced reservations are required.

You can make reservations online for up to 6 guests at For groups of seven or more, call 562.590.3100, x. 0.


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METRO@WESTERN Accepting Applications for 16 Affordable Housing Units

Pre-applications for a new housing opportunity in Los Angeles located at 3671 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, are available now through March 18, 2019.

The Metro@Western has 16 units - (8) two-bedroom and (8) three-bedroom units available in a brand new building.

If someone is interested and has a Section 8/housing voucher, there is no minimum income requirement.

Complete, sign and submit the pre-application as soon as possible. Application must be received by USPS First Class mail at the address below before March 18, 2019:

c/o The John Stewart Company
888 South Figueroa Street, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

All applications must be received by March 18, 2019. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Applications received by the deadline will be entered into a random drawing (Lottery).

Incomplete pre-applications may be rejected.

Please submit your pre-application and grounds for denial by USPS First-class mail. They will not accept pre-applications that are over-nighted, faxed or sent certified mail.

Please take your time in accurately completing the pre-application and submit it as soon as possible.

Each household may only submit one pre-application and grounds for denial. Duplicate household pre-applications will not be considered.


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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.

Attend a CalABLE Launch Event in December

CalABLE is launching in December.
CalABLE is a savings and investment plan enabling individuals with disabilities to save for the future without jeopardizing their public disability benefits.

As part of their launch activities, they will be holding two kickoff events with California State Treasurer John Chiang and some of their community partners and CalABLE enrolles - one in Northern California and one in Southern California.

Join them to learn more about the program, meet Treasurer Chiang and CalABLE staff, and chat with community advocates. They hope that the many stakeholders and potential participants who have been on this journey with them as they've developed CalABLE will join them to mark this occasion.

Details are as follows:
Northern California
December 18, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street
Atrium Room
Berkeley, CA 94703

Southern California
December 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation
Loyola Law School
919 Albany Street
Burns Lounge, Fritz B. Burns Academic Center
Los Angeles, CA 90015

To RSVP, visit

For more information, contact Carrie Fisher Stone at

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November Flu Shot Clinic Schedule

The most effective way to fight the flu is with the flu shot.

There are a number of things to consider during cold and flu season, so be sure to check out our Colds and Flu Fast Facts sheet for more information about the difference between a cold and the flu, how to prevent the spread of germs, and protect against the flu with a flu shot.

To that effect, Lanterman's Clinical Services Department compiled a handy schedule of locations within the Center's service area that are providing flu shots during the month of November.

Some of the flu shot clinics are one-day, while others are taking place all month long. Some require an appointment, while others are walk-in. Please note that some may have a small co-pay. Click the link below to view and download the schedule.


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31 Units of Affordable Housing in Glendale Available Soon

Glendale has 31 Affordable housing units that will be available soon, with one property ready for move-in as soon as December 1, 2018.
Applications for the lottery will be available and accepted starting October 30 through November 27, 2018, but don’t wait, the sooner you can apply the better as there is no guarantee that the lottery list will remain open during the above period.

Preference will be given first to those who currently live and work in Glendale.
Applications are available online at:
and in person for pickup during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • Armenian Relief Society: 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA
  • Catholic Charities: 4322 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA
  • City of Glendale: 141 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA
  • Glendale Adult Recreation Center: 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale, CA
  • Sparr Heights Community Center: 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale, CA

See the informational flyers for more information. If you have any questions, contact Lanterman Housing Specialist Shannon Rains at 213.252.8644 or


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ARCA Releases 2018 Report Focusing on Resources System Needs to Build for Future

"Building A System for Tomorrow, Supporting People With Developmental Disabilities To Lead Inclusive Lives"

California’s network of 21 independent, non-profit regional centers advocate and coordinate services for over 320,000 people with developmental disabilities. Regional centers strive to achieve the intent and mandates of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act by providing a wide array of lifelong community-based services and supports to enable individuals with developmental disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their chosen communities.
This paper focuses on the essential resources the developmental services system needs to build a system for the future - to support individuals with developmental disabilities to lead inclusive lives they choose for themselves in their own communities.
People with developmental disabilities want to be included in community life, neighborhoods, and jobs. This is consistent with a national trend and federal expectation. Individuals may need services and the assistance of skilled staff to support this choice. These factors should be considered in the rate study that will be released in March 2019, which will recommend how to fund these services going forward.
As California becomes more culturally and linguistically diverse, regional centers must be equipped with the resources and flexibility to provide culturally responsive services and supports. Equitable access to needed services requires partnerships within diverse communities, service coordinators with adequate time to help individuals navigate service systems, and long-term commitments to allow these efforts to effect change.
People with developmental disabilities who have complex needs require well-coordinated services and supports to ensure safe community living. Access to quality health care, including more accessible clinics, adequately trained clinicians, and suitable reimbursement rates, is the first step in achieving this goal. As people with complex forensic, behavioral, and psychiatric needs are increasingly living in community-based settings, systems must be in place to develop the expertise and specialized resources required for them to live and thrive in the community.
At the heart of the regional center service system is service coordination, so nurturing the relationship between the individual with developmental disability and the regional center is key. Well-crafted person-centered plans require sufficient time to create in addition to the quality services and supports necessary to meet the unique needs of the person. The Self-Determination Program will allow more flexible choice in services, providers, and budgeting, but also require adequate resources to train, make system changes, and prepare for a dual system of service delivery.


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