Learn the Basics,
Learn the Process,
Apply What you Learn
Developed for the
Training and Information Group
a Standing Committee of the
Southern California Conference
of Regional Center Directors
c/o Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Allen, Shea & Associates
and Rhonda Mayer
with revisions by Donna Schwann
and Maureen Wilson (1999)
Welcome to the Regional Center
As a new employee, youčre probably wondering what you need to know to start your new job. Youčve got your job description and you know your responsibilities, but what is a purchase of service, a vendor, the Department of Rehabilitation? This orientation was developed to give you a sampling of the theory, information, and skills you will need to be a successful service coordinator. While all twenty-one Regional Centers are not alike, the same laws and regulations apply to each. What you will find in this document are the general procedures that all Regional Centers use with a number of examples. In addition, your Regional Center will be adding its own policies, procedures, and forms to this guide as needed.
A Common Mission Statement for Regional Center Service Coordinators
In developing this orientation, the Southern California Training and Information Group (SCTIG) agreed on a common mission statement for Regional Center service coordinators. This statement provides a value-base for the work that all of you do, regardless of your Regional Center affiliation:
Some Philosophical Principles for Regional Center Service Coordination
Additionally, the SCTIG suggested that the following guiding principles be considered when writing material for this orientation:
1. The needs of individuals and families are unique and changing, therefore, service coordination must be flexible.
2. Individuals and families should be encouraged to be as independent as possible with the support they need to be so.
3. Individuals and families should be encouraged to assume an active role in service coordination.
4. Service coordination is not a time-limited service. It is ongoing and provides individuals and families with the services and supports needed, when they are needed, and for as long as they are needed.