What are “generic resources”?
Why do regional centers refer people to them?
Some supports and services are provided to the individuals RCOC serves by public agencies mandated to serve the general public or through community organizations – these are often referred to as “generic resources.” One example would be the public schools, which are required to provide educational services to all children, including those with developmental disabilities. Another example would be Medi-Cal (called CalOptima in Orange County) and Medicare, which provide healthcare to the poor and elderly, including many of those regional centers serve.
The Lanterman Act names regional centers the “payor of last resort” and specifically mandates them to exhaust all other possible sources of funding and needed services – including generic resources and private medical insurance — before it spends regional center dollars to purchase services on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Generic and Community Resources (PDF)
All of California’s regional centers are required to be the “payor of last resort” for any service or support that a person with developmental disabilities might need. This means that if a service is available through another source, including “generic resources” that – like public schools – are mandated to serve the general population, the regional center is prohibited by law from paying for that service.
To help clients and parents of children with developmental disabilities access local agencies and organizations that may be able to meet their needs, RCOC has prepared these lists of resources, which include descriptions of services, eligibility, and contact information.
Recursos genéricos y comunitarios en español
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RCOC Service Provider List (PDF)
This list of service providers (vendors) is approved to provide services and supports to RCOC clients and families. Service providers are listed according to the type of service they provide. Locations and telephone numbers, and in some cases, staffing ratios, are also included.
Below are lists of the types of services and supports available through RCOC, or that RCOC can assist clients and families access through other sources.
Department of Developmental Services – (Partial) List of Regional Center Services and Descriptions
Posting of the above link fulfills the requirements found in Assembly Bill 959. The list was developed with input from regional center staff, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The list includes services commonly purchased by regional centers and descriptions for each service; however, the list is not fully inclusive of all regional center services and supports. The Department of Developmental Services will also translate and post the list in 10 additional languages. The list can be found on the DDS website.
The following lists provide a summary of services and supports that are commonly recommended for each age group.
Early Start – Birth to 2
School-Age – 3 to 21
Adult – 22+