Addressing Funding Disparities in Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities
A longstanding issue in California has been disparities in purchase of services for ethnic and racial groups served by the state's 21 regional centers. A study from Public Counsel confirms that systemic discrimination continues to plague the regional center system. The report highlights stark disparities in funded services between White and Hispanic clientele and English and Spanish-speaking clientele. The report identifies root causes of these funding disparities and provides policy recommendations to improve equal access among the state-funded programs and services.