Equity Committee Meeting


The Equity Committee will be meeting at Westside Regional Center on Thursday, May 30th at 6:00pm in the 3rd floor Danneker Boardroom.

There will be childcare available for this meeting.  You must RSVP with the FRC no later than 12:00pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019 at (310)258-4063. Space is limited.

If you know a family that is currently impacted by funding disparities or not receiving needed services please call our FRC at (310) 258-4063 and sign up for “Office Hours”.  Families are asked to call the FRC by 12:00pm on Friday, May 24th in order for us to review the IPP, services being funded and any other pertinent information that would help in addressing the family’s concerns.  If there are any other individuals that would like to support the family during the “office hours,”  we will request that the parent or adult consumer sign a consent for release of information in order to provide Westside Regional Center authorization to openly discuss information that is considered confidential and private.

We will also have Spanish interpretation available at the Equity Committee Meeting.

Self-Determination Fair: Sunday, May 19th

Westside Regional Center &

Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee


2019 Self-Determination Fair

Date:  Sunday May 19, 2019

Time:  11AM – 2PM

Location:  Westside Regional Center Boardroom

Welcome to all individuals and families who have been selected for the Self Determination program initial phase-in!  During this event you will have the opportunity to meet FMS Providers and Independent Facilitators who can help you begin your Self Determination Program.

Link for Self-Determination Participants to Register: https://selfdeterminationresourcefair.eventbrite.com

If you are interested in reserving a table to share your skills as an Independent Facilitator or FMS please contact Mina Gomez at 310-258-4019. 

The last day to register for a table is Friday, May 17th at Noon. 







Board Special Closed Meeting

May 8, 2019 at 6:00PM




The Board Special Closed Meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:00PM at Denny’s, 10700 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230.

To view the agenda for the meeting click here.

Board of Directors Special Closed Meeting Agenda May 8, 2019

All regular Board Meetings Take Place At Westside Regional Center, 3rd Floor, Mike Danneker Board Room.  Everyone from the community is welcome.  Committees meet in different conference rooms.



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 Local Advisory Committee

March 12th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This meeting that is held on the second Tuesday of each month at Westside Regional Center from 6:00-8:00 pm. 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.

WRC Transition to Adulthood Saturday Series–Save the Date!

Click here to view the flyer for our upcoming Saturday series. More registration information will be coming soon!

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Self-Determination Update as of 1/10/19–Orientations are Still Postponed at this Time

The Self-Determination Orientations originally scheduled for January 2019 have been postponed. WRC is awaiting the approval of the orientation materials by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). In the meantime, you can stay informed by attending the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meetings. They are typically held on the second Tuesday of every month in the WRC Boardroom. The next LAC is February 12th at 6:00pm.  Additionally, please visit our WRC Self-Determination Page.  

New Information on Independent Facilitators (IF) and Financial Management Services (FMS):

View the directive related to Independent Facilitators and  view the directive related to Financial Management Services (FMS)  in the Self-Determination Program (SDP).  This information is also available on the Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS)  website at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm.  DDS is continuing to work on additional SDP information, including training for local advisory committee members and regional centers on conducting participant orientations and guidance for developing the individual budget.  Updates on progress in completing these and other items needed as we move toward implementation will also be posted on the Department’s website.  If you have any questions, please send an email to sdp@dds.ca.gov.  



Attention Service Providers!! Make Your Voice Heard About Rates: Surveys Available Now

Post Date: January 03, 2019

From the Los Angeles and San Diego Coalitions of Service Providers

To the Executive Leadership of all organizations providing services funded through regional centers,

As you all know, we are rapidly approaching the critical moment in Sacramento when the Department of Developmental Services will deliver to the Legislature its study on our current rates system as well as its proposals to bring sustainability to our system through increases in rates of reimbursements paid to providers.

We are working hard to prepare for this moment by meeting ahead of time with members of the Legislature and key Legislative staff.  We must make sure that the Legislature understands how long overdue rate reform is in California.  We must make sure the Legislature knows how much our system has been strained over the past two decades as a result of frozen rates and the imposition of arbitrary Statewide median rates for critically needed services.

We need everyone’s help to tell this story with the urgency necessary to justify the significant new funding that we expect the report to call for when it is delivered in March. 

We are asking you to participate by responding to the two very brief online surveys whose links are included in this notice.

The first is the Provider Impact Survey initially distributed last March. We would like to get a much broader response to fully represent our State.  If you did not take this survey last March, please take the few minutes necessary to do so now. This can be completed by the CEO or her/his designee.

Here is that link:   https://surveyhero.com/c/e9650710

The Second Survey was created by the Arc/UCP to report on the status of our Direct Service Provider (DSP) workforce in California.  For this survey – please distribute this survey to your DSP workforce and ask for their participation in advocating for higher wages for our highly valued DSP workforce by filling out the survey.

Here is that link:

Online Survey (English) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSPenglish

Online Survey (Español) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSPespanol

WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION.  We would like to have as many responses as possible to these two surveys by January 7, 2019.  Please try for this date – but if you can’t get it done by then – please respond as soon thereafter as possible.

Thank you!

For any questions or comments please contact Steve Miller:  steve.sj.miller@gmail.com

WRC CIE & PIP Technical Assistance Sessions for Providers- Monthly in 2019

Westside Regional Center Service Providers
Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) & Paid Internship Program (PIP) Technical Assistance Sessions

WRC PIP CIE TA Sessions 2019- Flyer

Please join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3pm at WRC (5901 Green Valley Cir., Ste. 320 Culver City, CA 90230) to learn more about CIE & PIP implementation, development, funding and reimbursement process. This meeting will occur directly after the bi-monthly SEP Roundtable meeting and also during the “off” months.

The 2019 meeting dates below are all Wednesdays from 3-4pm:
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

For more information, please contact Liddy Amador, WRC QA Employment Specialist at lideniraa@westsiderc.org (310) 258-4034