2012 Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report
California has a new legal requirement that regional centers must 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. The Legislature asked for this kind of reporting as a first step in trying to understand whether and what types of disparities exist in purchased services across these groups - in other words whether clients in some ethnic, language or diagnostic groups receive, on average, more services than client in other groups.
Documents show expenditures and authorized services by ethnicity or race and by diagnosis. You will find boht amounts authorized and amounts actually spent by the regional center. (For a variety of reasone, some clients/families do not use all of the services that are authorized.) The last column of these reports gives the percent of authorized services that were actually used. Reports are also included for clients who received no purhcased services.