Language Access and Cultural Competency Plan

The Language Access and Cultural Competency Plan initiative is funded for regional centers to improve and promote language access and cultural competency. The primary purpose of these funds is to improve individual and family experience and to facilitate more consistent access to information and services for multi-lingual, monolingual, and diverse cultural groups receiving services from regional centers.

You are invited to review Westside Regional Center’s Language Access and Cultural Competency Plan – Year 1 Application Report

DDS Wellness and Safety Bulletin – Safe Medication Management

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is excited to share the latest Wellness and Safety Bulletin posted on the DDS Wellness Toolkit.  This bulletin addresses Safe Medication Management.  Safe and accurate medication management is an important component of care and supervision.  Medication errors are the second most frequent special incident reported to DDS. This bulletin provides relevant health and safety information as part of DDS’ ongoing effort to improve our collective management of risks to the wellness of the individuals that we serve.

For Self-Advocates and Families:

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

Caseload Ratio, Plan of Correction

Caseload Ratio, Plan of Correction

Important Announcement

April 6, 2021

Dear Westside Community of Staff, Self-Advocates, Vendors, and Families:

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you of my resignation as Executive Director from Westside Regional Center, as I have decided to pursue other professional opportunities and challenges. An anonymous person once shared, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” How reflective is this on my journey at WRC. The time we have spent together at Westside has been fueled with intense moments of incredible accomplishment and reenergized faith in collaborations that bring about real change.

The last several months have been a time of tremendous stress, uncertainty, and most recently a breadth of hope as we slowly get a handle on the most unprecedented crisis of our lifetime. It has been a time when the role of the regional center has been magnified beyond its traditional role and has pivoted to lead direct efforts of supporting the most critical functions of saving lives.
There has been nothing during these last several months that has reflected regular regional center business as usual. We have provided wartime-like nursing support to residential homes, distributed millions of pieces of PPE to keep the community safe, turned Westside Regional Center into a Covid-testing site and now a Covid-19 vaccine distribution location. Staff moved from traditional case managers to crisis management facilitators overnight.

On top of this crisis, WRC has experienced a time of significant internal changes, including new leadership and regulatory challenges. There has been no instruction manual for all of this, yet my focus has been on leading the Center to prevail in all of these areas.

I am proud of the dedicated work of the staff who continue to be the guiding force that allows WRC to deliver an impeccable level of service to the families and clients supported. “Keep on, keeping on”.

And, as our world slowly transitions, I can only hope that WRC does not transition back to its pre-Covid normal, but will learn from our shared experiences and bring life to a better, more inclusive normal for the 10,000 clients and their families who depend on the Center.

Collaborations, respect, and support are key to the future of WRC navigating a climate of constant change. The stronghold of a small group can either prevent or propel its success. It has been my pleasure and honor to advance the mission of the Center.
To ensure a seamless leadership transition, the Board of Directors has appointed long-time executive staff Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, Director of Community Services, as its Interim Executive Director to guide the Center through its next phase.

This transition will be effective on April 6, 2021.


Roschell Ashley


Cesar Chavez Day 3/31 – WRC closed in observance

In observance of César Chávez Day, our offices will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, April 1, 2021. WRC clients who require urgent assistance during the holiday closure can call (310) 258 – 4000 for support.

En conmemoración del Día de César Chávez, nuestras oficinas estarán cerradas el miércoles 31 de marzo de 2021. El horario regular de oficina se reanudará el jueves 1 de abril de 2021. Los clientes del WRC que requieran asistencia urgente durante el cierre festivo pueden llamar al (310) 258-4000 para apoyo.