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Support Services

Support services are provided to persons receiving services from a regional center in order to meet the goals and objectives of the Individual Program Plan (IPP) or the Individual Family Service Program (IFSP) (for children ages 0-3 years). Services may be provided through vendors approved by the regional center or through other resources.

Regional centers have a mandate not only to serve persons with developmental disabilities, but to provide services in the most cost-effective manner possible. They are required by the Lanterman Act to use all other resources or generic resources first before using regional center funds. A generic agency is one which has a legal responsibility to serve all members of the general public and receives public funds for providing those services. Other resources include natural supports, school districts, etc.

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Last Updated: 3/2/2018