Hot Off the Press!–New WRC Transition to Adulthood Guide

Hello WRC Community!

We are pleased to announce that our brand new Transition from High School to Adulthood booklet is now available on our website resource page in English and Spanish.

If you, your loved one or someone you support are nearing the transition out of high school (14 and up) , this book is your one-stop checklist for everything you need to know about entering adulthood.

It includes specially catered checklists for individuals on the high school diploma track as well as the certificate of completion track, along with IEP, ITP tips and post-secondary resources.

Don’t miss out on this great resource and please spread the word to others who would benefit from this booklet.

Download your copy:

WRC Transition Booklet English

WRC Transition Booklet Spanish



Self Determination Local Advisory Committee

August 8, 2019 at 6:00pm


This meeting that is held on the second Tuesday of each month at Westside Regional Center from 6:00-8:00 pm, except for the month of August 2019. The committee shall consist of the regional center client’s rights advocate, consumers, family members, and other advocates and community leaders. A majority of the committee shall be consumers and their family members. The committee shall reflect the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area. The committee shall review the development and ongoing progress of the Self Determination Program, including whether the program advances the principles of self determination and is operating consistent with the requirements of this section, and may make ongoing recommendations for improvement to the regional center and the department. All are welcome to attend these meetings.


Day of Action: #KeepthePromise Phone Bank

The Senate Budget subcommittee responsible for the money our system gets had its last hearing on our issues. In a surprise turn of events, they not only approved Governor Newsom’s short-term limited funding increase, they…

Voted YES on a (minimum) eight percent increase for all providers.
Voted YES on making the increase permanent.
Voted YES on ending the Uniform Furlough Schedule.
Voted YES on restore social recreation and camp services.
Voted YES on a developing and implementing a rate reform plan.

But now, we need to ask the Assembly, and the rest of the Senate, to support these bold proposals. If you want these changes to happen, you need to call your legislators today and say “support the Senate proposal for developmental disabilities funding!”

These calls will only take you a few minutes to make, but they will help solve a problem that’s years old. This success happened because advocates like you have been pushing legislators to support our system.

Join Westside Regional Center in letting YOUR representatives that they must Keep The Promise of the Lanterman Act alive!

What: Westside Regional Center is hosting a phone bank. You can join us at WRC or call from home. WRC will provide a script and legislative directory to support you with your calls in-person and via our website before the event.

When: Wednesday, May 29; 2pm-5pm

Come for part of the time or stay for the whole thing.

Where: Westside Regional Center Danneker Boardroom

5901 Green Valley Circle, Suite 320

Culver City, CA


Anywhere you’d like to call from!

Who: Self-advocates, Service providers, Regional Center staff, family members, friends and anyone who cares about the rights of people with developmental disabilities

 Script for Phone Bank 5.29 (English)

Script for Phone Bank (SPANISH)

SAVE THE DATE–phone bank 5.29



The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has released the Proposed Rate Models!  It is imperative that you review this proposed rate structure as it has serious implications  to how providers do business and what reimbursement rate will be assigned.

The WRC Rate Model can be viewed here. Our community has until April 5, 2019 to provide comments.  We need your input!

WRC will host 2 sessions on Tuesday, March 26th to gather information to send to DDS and the Legislature.  Sessions will be held from 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm -2:30pm in our Danneker Boardroom at WRC.   A third session will be held at Empowertech located at 9100 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, on March 27th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Please plan to attend at least one but you are welcome to all.

You should additionally provide your input by completing this survey.  Please answer the questions that are relevant to the services you provide.  You are able to skip to questions in the survey that apply to your organization. ALL feedback is valuable and needed.

All comments and input must be received by Monday, April 1st to be submitted by WRC to DDS.

Please get the word out to every service provider that you know.  This is your last chance to provide input regarding this new rate structure.

Self-Determination is Approved!¡Se Aprueba la Auto-Determinación!

**Excerpt from the State Council Los Angeles News, Volume 82**

After several years of waiting for self-determination to get off the ground, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Medicaid waiver that was required to implement the program. The Department of Developmental Services and regional centers across the state are gearing up to implement the soft roll out of self-determination. While no specific dates have been given, the expectation is that DDS will finalize the orientation program for program participants by the end of the summer with regional centers offering this required curriculum in the fall to all who were selected in the first round.

The Los Angeles Office of the State Council will offer information and training on various aspects of self-determination throughout the summer. Training on person-centered planning and facilitation is June 16 in South Gate. The deadline to RSVP has been extended to Monday, June 11. Spanish interpretation will be provided.


**Extracto del State Council in Los Angeles News, Volumen 82 **

Después de varios años de esperar para que la auto-determinación empezara a tomar vuelo, Los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid (CMS) ha aprobado la exención de Medicaid que se requiere para implementar el programa. El Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo (DDS) y centros regionales de todo el estado se están preparando para implementar el lanzamiento leve de la auto-determinación. Aunque no se han dado fechas específicas, la expectativa es que el departamento (DDS) finalizara el programa de orientación para los participantes del programa para finales del verano con los centros regionales que ofrezcan este currículo requerido en el otoño a todos los que fueron seleccionados en la primera ronda.

La oficina de los Ángeles del Consejo Estatal (State Council) ofrecerá información y capacitación sobre varios aspectos de la auto-determinación durante el verano. El entrenamiento sobre la planificación y facilitación centrada en la persona es el 16 de junio en South Gate. El último día para registrarse se ha extendido al lunes, 11 de junio. Se proporcionará interpretación en español.

2nd Gubernatorial Candidate Interviews with the Lanterman Coalition

Share Your Story of Camp and Social Rec. Services