COVID-19 waived Regional Center requirements

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has issued a directive to Regional Centers waiving certain requirements of the Lanterman Act because of COVID-19.

Any requirements for in-person meetings to determine eligibility or service coordination for the Early Start program are waived.  Regional Center may conduct evaluation, assessment and coordination by remove electronic communication.

Requirements for in person Early Start services waived. Early Start services may be provided by remote electronic communication.

Lanterman Act requirements for in-person attendance at Individual Program Plan meets or other meetings related to delivery of services is waived.

Regional Center Executive Directors are delegated authority to grant rate adjustments for residential services and/or supplemental services in residential settings to protect a client’s health or safety because of COVID-19.  (Regional Center Executive Directors Letter, March 12, 2020, extended to May 11, 2020.)