What is Purchase of Services?
What are Purchase of Services Policies?
They provide direction to everyone about the kinds of services that Regional Center of the East Bay can provide to people with developmental disabilities and their families.
For more information, please visit the California Department of Developmental Services website.
How do you access Services?
When a team of persons, including the consumer and a representative from the Regional Center and others, (like family members) create the Individual Program Plan (IPP). The IPP has to state why the service is needed, for how long, and how you'll know if it helps.
Why must RCEB develop Purchase of Service policies?
The Lanterman Act (a California law) states that Regional Centers must provide support services that help consumers stay in their local communities and lead lives like everyone else. Each support service has guidelines written in an understandable way.
Other things to know about Purchase of Service policies:
Services are identified through the planning process (IPP) with your Service Coordinator. Services will be reviewed every so often to see they are still necessary. Services cannot be provided if anther agency is responsible unless that agency has stated in writing that they won't provide it. If more than one service is available and appropriate, the team must consider which one is most cost effective.