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AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 11, 2013
AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 1, 2013
SENATE BILLNo. 367
Introduced by Senator Block
February 20, 2013
An act to add Section
to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to developmental services. begin delete 4647.5 end delete
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
SB 367, as amended, Block. Developmental services: regional centers: cultural and linguistic competency.
Under existing law, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, the State Department of Developmental Services is authorized to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
begin insert begin delete The services and supports to be provided to a regional center consumer are contained in an individual program plan (IPP), developed in accordance with prescribed requirements, including the use of a process that reflects the awareness of, and sensitivity to, the cultural background of the consumer and the family. Existing law authorizes the regional center to, among other things, solicit an individual or agency, by requests for proposals or other means, to provide needed services or supports that are not available to achieve the stated objectives of a consumer’s IPP. end delete
This bill would require each regional center’s governing board, as a condition of its contract, to require the regional center’s executive director, or his or her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services that includes specified information, including a description of the utilization of various regional center services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic data. The bill would require that the governing board require the regional center to post information related to the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible. end insert
This bill would require the department to require regional centers to develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT) to address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and linguistically competent services and other factors that promote equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations. The bill would require RESPECT to be updated at least every 2 years, and include cultural and linguistic competency staff training and a requirement that providers include specified information in their vendor applications. The bill would require regional centers to establish an Advisory Board for Leadership and Equity to promote partnerships between regional centers and community-based organizations and seek to meet biannually and provide specified findings and recommendations to the board of directors of the regional center. Under the bill, a regional center may use an existing group to meet that requirement under certain circumstances. The bill would require regional centers to seek to post information relating to RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee:
. State-mandated local program: no. begin deleteyes end delete
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
2legislation that would provide that the State Department of
3Developmental Services require regional centers to address issues
4of cultural and linguistic competency.
begin delete5SEC. 2. Section 4647.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
6Code, to read:74647.5. (a) The department shall require regional centers to
8develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity
9and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT), which shall
10address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and
11linguistically competent services and other factors that promote
12equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations.P3 1(b) The findings and recommendations contained in RESPECT
2shall be updated, at least every two years, and shall include, but
3not be limited to, the following:4(1) Cultural and linguistic competency staff training.5(2) A requirement that a provider include in its vendor
6application to the regional center information about the language
7capabilities of its staff and its ability to provide services in a
8culturally and linguistically competent manner.9(c) (1) Regional centers shall establish an Advisory Board for
10Leadership and Equity (ABLE) that shall promote partnerships
11between regional centers and community-based organizations,
12including, but not limited to, providers or provider organizations,
13and shall seek to accomplish the following:14(A) Meet at least biannually.15(B) Provide annual findings and recommendations to the board
16of directors of the regional center on regional center policies and
17procedures that will promote equity, diversity, and cultural and
18linguistic competency for consumers and their families.19(C) Review and provide input on RESPECT.20(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a regional center
21from using an existing group or organization, including, but not
22limited to, the regional center’s board of directors, to meet this
23requirement if the group or organization appropriately reflects the
24diversity and cultural background of the regional center catchment
25area.26(d) Regional centers shall seek to post information relating to
27RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.
As a condition of its contract, each regional center’s
31governing board shall do the following:
32(a) Require the regional center’s executive director, or his or
33her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s
34efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services, including,
35but not limited to, the following:
36(1) A description of the utilization of various regional center
37services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic
39(2) Identification of barriers to services.
P4 1(3) A description of specific steps toward progress made in
2identifying and providing services to underserved populations
3within the prior year, including identifying innovative practices
4by the regional center or its contracted community-based
6(4) A description of efforts made to build partnerships between
7community-based providers of other services for regional center
8consumers who are in underserved communities.
9(b) Require the regional center to post information related to
10the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible.end insert
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.