Some Facts About Service Delivery
Some of these services may be available through various community organizations
or agencies, and Westside may purchase some from qualified service providers.
Westside Regional Center Service Standards can be
accessed through this site.
Regional centers were designed to be community focal points for people
with developmental disabilities and their families. Their primary functions
include lifelong planning and coordination of needed services, whether
generic or through private providers. In addition to developing and/or
identifying services, regional centers may purchase certain services that
are not available through other sources. A key consideration: rather than
the client fitting the available services, all services must meet the
specific needs of the unique individual.
Westside focuses on helping people with developmental disabilities become
as independent as possible. We are here to assist clients and families
in decision-making, finding and utilizing resources, broadening their
support systems, and advocating for their rights. The key word is "assist."
We do not want to foster dependence, but to ensure that clients and families
are equipped to help themselves effectively and productively.
Developing Natural Supports
Westside Regional Center helps clients and families utilize such resources
as businesses, legislators, volunteer and generic services education programs
and self-help groups, as well as neighbors and family members. These "natural"
supports are important elements in the planning process that address the
needs of each individual.
Services From A to Z
Together with your Counselor, you will develop an Individual Program Plan
(IPP), which will identify the specific services needed to help reach
your goals. Because Westside tailors services to fit the individual client,
you may receive any, all, or few of the services described below. It would
be impossible to name every service that might be available, and this
list describes only the major service categories.