Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The pettiest post on this site

This is a very small point, but the conversation around caseload ratios for service coordinators has become too funny to leave be. What I keep hearing is that for HCBS waiver clients, the caseload ratio remains limited to 62:1 but that the cap has been lifted entirely for non-waiver clients. It makes sense that people would say this because neither CMS nor DDS nor anyone else want California to twit the federal government in a way that requires a response.

But, the assertion keeps getting made without irony or humor or apparent self-awareness so let's just us, we few who discuss here, set the record straight. If the non-waiver caseload is uncapped, then the waiver caseload is also uncapped. The reason I think so: I don't know of a regional center that has waiver and non-waiver caseloads. As far as I know, all service coordinators have mixed caseloads.

This means that that to say "we have a 75:1 caseload ratio" means the same distribution as to say "we have a 62:1 caseload ratio for HCBS clients and a 101:1 ratio for non-waiver clients (assuming 2/3 of clients are on the waiver and I did my math right.) Really, this is a very unimportant point, but I do hope you will join me in smirking whenever you hear someone claim that the caseloads are fixed for waiver clients.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Other closures

Much has been made of the pending closure of Lanterman Developmental Center, and it would be to our detriment to ignore the impact of the planned closure of Lanterman Regional Center. According to DDS Director, Teri Delgadillo, Lanterman is being closed and merged with Harbor and Westside regional centers to save money. As Ms. Delgadillo says in her statement, "The administration considers these three regional centers, which have already harmonized their service coordination process to the degree that client expectations have been regionalized. Furthermore, by pooling staff, the combined regional center will have the capacity to say 'no' in more than 80 languages."

"We certainly defer," Director Delgadillo continued, "to the combined 80-person board of the merged center in terms of naming the new facility and appointing management. But DDS personnel are recommending 'Richard Riordan Regional Center,' because we enjoy the sense of whimsy that alliteration brings."

Walt Disney Regional Center, which will be created from the merger of South Central and Orange Country RCs will have the capacity to say "please" and "thank you" in more than 30 languages and on legal pleadings.