Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
DRC works in this area to help people with intellectual/developmental disabilities live, work, and play where they chose. To learn more about our work, keep reading.
The Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Practice Group specializes in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Service Act and, through a combination of legal representation, policy work, and systems change advocacy, help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who seek to:
- access regional center services that reflect their needs, choices, and cultural values;
- avoid institutionalization; and
- participate to the maximum extent possible in making decisions about their own lives.
In partnership with other DRC Practice Groups, the I/DD Practice Group also assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful work at a competitive wage, access healthcare in home and community based settings, and challenge civil rights violations.
I/DD Legal Advocacy
Regional Center Services
Regional centers provide diagnosis and assessment of eligibility. They help plan, access, coordinate and monitor needed services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, an assigned case manager or service coordinator helps develop a plan for services and purchase the services needed to implement the plan. Most services and supports are free regardless of age or income.
More than 4,000 children across California have been approved by the state for Medi-Cal in-home nursing care. Yet, many of these hours go unfilled, placing an enormous strain on families, and resulting in an unacceptable risk of medical complications, hospitalizations, and placements outside the family home.