CA Welf & Inst Code Section 4629


The state shall enter into five-year contracts with regional centers, subject to the annual appropriation of funds by the Legislature.


The contracts shall include a provision requiring each regional center to render services in accordance with applicable provision of state laws and regulations.


(1)The contracts shall include annual performance objectives that shall do both of the following:


Be specific, measurable, and designed to do all of the following:


Assist consumers to achieve life quality outcomes.


Achieve meaningful progress above the current baselines. (iii)Develop services and supports identified as necessary to meet identified needs, including culturally and linguistically appropriate services and supports.


Measure progress in reducing disparities and improving equity in purchase of service expenditures.


Be developed through a public process as described in the department’s guidelines that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:


Providing information, in an understandable form, to the community about regional center services and supports, including budget information and baseline data on services and supports and regional center operations.


Conducting a public meeting where participants can provide input on performance objectives and using focus groups or surveys to collect information from the community. (iii)Circulating a draft of the performance objectives to the community for input prior to presentation at a regional center board meeting where additional public input will be taken and considered before adoption of the objectives.
In addition to the performance objectives developed pursuant to this section, the department may specify in the performance contract additional areas of service and support that require development or enhancement by the regional center. In determining those areas, the department shall consider public comments from individuals and organizations within the regional center catchment area, the distribution of services and supports within the regional center catchment area, and review how the availability of services and supports in the regional area catchment area compares with other regional center catchment areas.


Each contract with a regional center shall specify steps to be taken to ensure contract compliance, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
Incentives that encourage regional centers to meet or exceed performance standards.
Levels of probationary status for regional centers that do not meet, or are at risk of not meeting, performance standards. The department shall require that corrective action be taken by any regional center which is placed on probation. Corrective action may include, but is not limited to, mandated consultation with designated representatives of the Association of Regional Center Agencies or a management team designated by the department, or both. The department shall establish the specific timeline for the implementation of corrective action and monitor its implementation. When a regional center is placed on probation, the department shall provide the state council and the clients’ rights advocacy contractor identified in Section 4433 with a copy of the correction plan, timeline, and any other action taken by the department relating to the probationary status of the regional center.


In order to evaluate the regional center’s compliance with its contract performance objectives and legal obligations related to those objectives, the department shall do both of the following:
Annually assess each regional center’s achievement of its previous year’s objectives and make the assessment, including baseline data and performance objectives of the individual regional centers, available to the public. The department may make a special commendation of the regional centers that have best engaged the community in the development of contract performance objectives and have made the most meaningful progress in meeting or exceeding contract performance objectives.
Monitor the activities of the regional center to ensure compliance with the provisions of its contracts, including, but not limited to, reviewing all of the following:


The regional center’s public process for compliance with the procedures set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (c).


Each regional center’s performance objectives for compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (c).


Any public comments on regional center performance objectives sent to the department or to the regional centers, and soliciting public input on the public process and final performance standards.


The renewal of each contract shall be contingent upon compliance with the contract including, but not limited to, the performance objectives, as determined through the department’s evaluation.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 4629’s source at ca​.gov