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January 31, 2014
Maria Iriarte, Esq.
Carol Fitzgibbons, Executive Director
Inland Regional Center
LOS ANGELES, January 31, 2014 -- California provides services to more than 265,000 people with developmental disabilities through 21 regional centers located throughout the state. Inland Regional Center (IRC) is the largest, serving over 27,000 consumers living in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
After a number of complaints about notices and service delivery, IRC has worked extensively with Disability Rights California (DRC) and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP to improve services for Julio Gutierrez and thousands of other IRC consumers. DRC, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and IRC have worked together to create notices that are timely and easier to read for whenever IRC makes a decision about existing services or eligibility for regional center services. Julio’s father, Pompeyo Gutierrez, welcomed the agreement, negotiated by DRC and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. He is pleased with his son’s participation in the creation of the agreement that will protect the rights of all IRC consumers.
IRC notices will, for example, tell consumers and applicants about their appeal rights, and explain how a consumer can, under certain circumstances, continue to get services while awaiting a hearing decision. If they appeal decisions, consumers will receive informal meetings if requested, and decisions from IRC about whether it will participate in mediation will be made in a timely manner.
As Terri Keville of Davis Wright Tremaine said, “IRC has updated its systems to be sure that no
tices and procedures are provided to consumers and applicants consistently and promptly.”
DRC attorney Maria Iriarte said, "Disability Rights California and IRC will work together to make sure people with developmental disabilities and their families in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are better informed about their rights and services.”
For details about the agreement: Maria Iriarte at 619 239-7861 or visit our website at http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/. For questions for IRC, please contact Carol Fitzgibbons, Executive Director, at 909 890-3000.