California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 4500.5




The Legislature makes the following findings regarding the State of California's responsibility to provide services to persons with developmental disabilities, and the right of those individuals to receive services, pursuant to this division:

(a) Since the enactment of this division in 1977, the number of consumers receiving services under this division has substantially increased and the nature, variety, and types of services necessary to meet the needs of the consumers and their families have also changed.  Over the years the concept of service delivery has undergone numerous revisions.  Services that were once deemed desirable by consumers and families may now no longer be appropriate, or the means of service delivery may be outdated.

(b) As a result of the increased demands for services and changes in the methods in which those services are provided to consumers and their families, the value statements and principles contained in this division should be updated.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting the act that added this section, to update existing law;  clarify the role of consumers and their families in determining service needs;  and to describe more fully service options available to consumers and their families, pursuant to the individual program plan.  Nothing in these provisions shall be construed to expand the existing entitlement to services for persons with developmental disabilities set forth in this division.

(d) It is the intent of the Legislature that the department monitor regional centers so that an individual consumer eligible for services and supports under this division receive the services and supports identified in his or her individual program plan.





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