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Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center Expenditure Data for Fiscal Year 2011-12 Public Stakeholders Meeting. Presented on June 26, 2013. Why Are We Here Tonight?. This meeting is required by a new law (Welfare & Institutions Code, §4519.5)
Frank D. Lanterman Regional CenterExpenditure Datafor Fiscal Year 2011-12Public Stakeholders MeetingPresented on June 26, 2013Why Are We Here Tonight?
  • This meeting is required by a new law (Welfare & Institutions Code, §4519.5)
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and regional centers are to annually compile data relating to purchase of service authorization, utilization, and expenditures
  • Data is to include age, race, language and disability
  • Regional centers are required to post the first year’s data by March 31, 2013 Read the Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report
  • Regional centers are required to meet with stakeholders in a public meeting regarding the data within three months of posting the data
  • In following years, the data is to be compiled annually by December 31 and publicly presented by the end of March.
  • Who Are We?
  • FDLRC is one of 21 regional centers in California
  • We serve 8,500+ individuals with developmental disabilities in parts of Los Angeles as well as in Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, La Canada, and La Crescenta.
  • We are one of the seven smallest regional centers by the number of clients served.
  • Our Purchase of Service (POS) allocation in fiscal year 2011-12 was about $103 million, out of a statewide total of $3.4 billion.
  • We have 98 Service Coordinators, of which 81 are bilingual, most of them in Spanish.
  • Who Do We Serve?Current FDLRC Clients By Age{Current FDLRC Clients by EthnicityCurrent FDLRC Clients by DiagnosisPercentage of Clients by Living ArrangementFDLRC Clients living With Family by EthnicityThis data has limitations
  • This represents a one year period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012
  • This data is based on what regional centers paid for services provided to consumers during time period. It does not include data provided by other sources such as Medi-Cal, the public schools, IHSS, and the like.
  • The overall number of clients reported is greater than the current actual caseload. All clients are included for whom a service was purchased at any point in the year; some may no longer be associated with the center as they have moved away or for another reason.
  • Many clients have more than one diagnosis so are counted in more than one category.
  • Client needs differ and services purchased are based on the Individual Program Planning (IPP) process, so expenditures will be different from client to client.
  • To be able to understand why differences exist, we need to look at additional information.
  • Highlights of FDLRC’s Authorization Data
  • Overall, average authorized amount per client all ages= $13,169
  • Asian = $12,916Black/ African American = $14,160Filipino = $12,559Hispanic = $9,057Native American = $10,271Other = $14,949Polynesian = $9,125White = $19,098 Overall, average authorized amount per client birth to age 2 years = $8,947 Asian = $8,643 Black/ African American = $6,151 Filipino = $10,423 Hispanic = $9,301 Other = $11,294 Polynesian = $2,087 White = $8,210Highlights of FDLRC’s Authorization Data
  • Overall, average authorized amount per client age 3 to 21 years= $7,371
  • Asian = $9,104Black/African American = $7,074Filipino = $8,830Hispanic = $5,081Native American = $20,873Other = $9,739Polynesian = $0White = $10,750Overall, average authorized amount per client age 22 years+ = $25,526Asian = $20,936Black/African American = $22,375Filipino = $20,297Hispanic = $19,393 Native American = $7,242 Other = $24,671 Polynesian = $21,065 White = $33,434 Percentage of Authorized Services Used
  • Asian = 77.0%
  • African American / Black = 80.7%
  • Filipino = 71.9%
  • Hispanic = 76.4%
  • Native American = 85.8%
  • Other = 79.2%
  • Polynesian = 81.1%
  • White = 80.9%
  • Overall total = 78.7%
  • Example of Expenditure Differences
  • Clients Living in Out of Home Settings by Ethnicity (Total = 914)
  • Attempting to understand the issues
  • Disparities do exist if we simply look at the numbers.
  • However, the data does not mean that individual needs are not being met, as services purchased are based on the IPP process.
  • Choices clients and families make, such as out-of-home-placement, can drive cost differences.
  • We do not know all of the reasons at this stage; more needs to be learned.
  • A Framework for Purchasing Services
  • All the services the regional center purchases are based on funding standards. These standards are developed in accordance with existing laws and regulations and are approved both by the Center’s Board of Directors and the Department of Developmental Services. View the standards on the Lanterman Web site
  • Services purchased are based on the IPP that is developed between the client/family and the regional center.
  • The client/family can appeal any decision made by the regional center relative to purchasing or not purchasing a service. Learn more about the appeal process in the Guide to Lanterman or on the DDS Web site
  • What We’ve Learned
  • Whether a client lives at home with their family or away from home varies depending on the family’s ethnicity
  • Living away from home is more costly than living with family
  • In Early Start (birth to age 3), expenditures are higher for Hispanics than for other ethnicities
  • Expenditures are higher for White adults because more of them live away from home
  • Efforts we took to understand disparities
  • We met with Service Coordinators who told us about some experiences with Hispanic families:
  • Families need to focus on economic survival.
  • Some lack transportation to get to services.
  • Families may decline service because they do not want service providers (strangers) in their home.
  • Parents’ experience in their home countries is that the government does not provide services, so they have low expectations.
  • Legal status may make some people wary of services.
  • Understanding disparities, continued
  • We also met with Spanish-speaking Peer Support Partners:
  • They agreed with what had been said by service coordinators, but also added some items:
  • They may not question authority figures; parents wait for a professional to express concern about the child’s development.
  • Multi-generational family living is much more common in other cultures.
  • FDLRC’s Commitment
  • We employ bilingual service coordinators
  • 83% are bilingual
  • We translate most print materials into Spanish; some into Korean and Armenian
  • We provide group trainings in Spanish and other languages as needed
  • The KYRC has materials in Spanish and Korean; some in Japanese also
  • We have Peer Support Partners who speak Armenian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Spanish and English
  • We have language focused support groups
  • More research is needed.
  • We are exploring a project similar to the health care model by using specially trained community members to assist families to access services. (promotoras)
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