- Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:51
- Written by IVN
Sacramento, California - Today, a bill authored by Asm. V. Manuel Pérez to support culturally competent, accessible developmental disability services was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“This new law will help ensure that California’s system of developmental disability services is meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse consumer population,” explained Pérez. “AB 1232 upholds the inclusive spirit of California's landmark development disabilities law, the Lanterman Act of 1969, while ensuring it remains up to date to meet the needs of today’s families.”
AB 1232 adds new quality assurance measures to ensure that services provided by the state’s regional centers are provided in a linguistically and culturally competent manner. The State has a quality assessment program in place for its regional center system, though it does not collect data on cultural and linguistic competency of services. That means that as the state grows more diverse, it is lacking important information related to the provision and utilization of state services. The new law addresses this issue in a cost-effective manner, gathering the data needed to ensure California’s developmentally disabled are being served in an equitable manner.
According to a recent report by the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, many California families lack access to vital behavioral therapy services due to linguistic and cultural barriers.