What is Purchase of Services?
It is the intent of the Lanterman Legislation (Welfare & Inst. Code 4500 et seq.) that regional centers assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families in securing those services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices in living, working, learning and recreation in the community. 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 and takes into account the needs and preferences of the individual and the family, where appropriate, as well as promoting community integration, independent, productive, normal lives and stable and healthy environments. The Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed by the Planning Team (consisting of the RCEB case manager, consumer/family, and others chosen by the consumer) to identify specific goals and objectives and RCEB works together with the consumer, family and others to implement the IPP or IFSP. Purchase of Service policies are adopted by the RCEB Board of Directors and approved by the Department of Developmental Services. These Guidelines have been established in accordance with the Lanterman Act and Early Start program which authorizes the regional centers to develop and apply service standards while, at the same time, considering the consumer’s individual needs when authorizing the service request (WIC 4624, 4651, 4648).