California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 4646




(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that the individual program plan and 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, and normal lives, and stable and healthy environments.  It is the further intent of the Legislature to ensure that the provision of services to consumers and their families be effective in meeting the goals stated in the individual program plan, reflect the preferences and choices of the consumer, and reflect the cost-effective use of public resources.

(b) The individual program plan is developed through a process of individualized needs determination.  The individual with developmental disabilities and, where appropriate, his or her parents, legal guardian or conservator, or authorized representative, shall have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of the plan.

(c) An individual program plan shall be developed for any person who, following intake and assessment, is found to be eligible for regional center services.  These plans shall be completed within 60 days of the completion of the assessment.  At the time of intake, the regional center shall inform the consumer and, where appropriate, his or her parents, legal guardian or conservator, or authorized representative, of the services available through the state council and the protection and advocacy agency designated by the Governor pursuant to federal law, and shall provide the address and telephone numbers of those agencies.

(d) Individual program plans shall be prepared jointly by the planning team.  Decisions concerning the consumer's goals, objectives, and services and supports that will be included in the consumer's individual program plan and purchased by the regional center or obtained from generic agencies shall be made by agreement between the regional center representative and the consumer or, where appropriate, the parents, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative at the program plan meeting.

(e) Regional centers shall comply with the request of a consumer, or when appropriate, the request of his or her parents, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, that a designated representative receive written notice of all meetings to develop or revise his or her individual program plan and of all notices sent to the consumer pursuant to Section 4710 .  The designated representative may be a parent or family member.

(f) If a final agreement regarding the services and supports to be provided to the consumer cannot be reached at a program plan meeting, then a subsequent program plan meeting shall be convened within 15 days, or later at the request of the consumer or, when appropriate, the parents, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative or when agreed to by the planning team.  Additional program plan meetings may be held with the agreement of the regional center representative and the consumer or, where appropriate, the parents, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative.

(g) An authorized representative of the regional center and the consumer or, when appropriate, his or her parent, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative shall sign the individual program plan prior to its implementation.  If the consumer or, when appropriate, his or her parent, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, does not agree with all components of the plan, he or she may indicate that disagreement on the plan.  Disagreement with specific plan components shall not prohibit the implementation of services and supports agreed to by the consumer or, when appropriate, his or her parent, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative.  If the consumer or, when appropriate, his or her parent, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, does not agree with the plan in whole or in part, he or she shall be sent written notice of the fair hearing rights, as required by Section 4701 .

(h)(1) A regional center shall communicate in the consumer's native language, or, when appropriate, the native language of his or her family, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, during the planning process for the individual program plan, including during the program plan meeting, and including providing alternative communication services, as required by Sections 11135 to 11139.7, inclusive, of the Government Code and implementing regulations.

(2) A regional center shall provide alternative communication services, including providing a copy of the individual program plan in the native language of the consumer or his or her family, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, or both, as required by Sections 11135 to 11139.7, inclusive, of the Government Code and implementing regulations.

(3) The native language of the consumer or his or her family, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, or both, shall be documented in the individual program plan.





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