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What is Purchase of Service?

The provision of services and supports by the regional center system is centered on the individual and the family of the individual with developmental disabilities.

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Purchase of Service (POS) is the intent of the Lanterman Act (Welfare & Inst. Code 4500 et seq.) that regional centers assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families in securing services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices in living, working, learning and recreation in the community.

Regional centers will purchase services and supports from our network of community-based service providers/vendors. The provision of services and supports by the regional center system is centered on the individual and the family of the individual with developmental disabilities, taking into account the needs and preferences of the individual and their family, where appropriate, as well as promoting community integration, independent, productive, normal lives and stable and healthy environments. Services are purchased after all generic resources (those services also available to the general public) have been exhausted or are not available to meet the need of the person.

The Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed by the Planning Team (consisting of the RCEB case manager/service coordinator, person served/family, and others chosen by the person served) to identify specific goals and objectives. RCEB works together with the person served, family, and others to implement the IPP or IFSP.