I have been writing to the Governor, legislators, and talking to anyone who will listen (and many who didn't want to listen at all) about this situation - which I hear about almost weekly from clients.
Just got off the phone with the administrator of a regional center-funded residential facility that has 4 clients, 4 service coordinators, 1 quality assurance staff, and a case management liaison. Each of those regional center staff visit this facility at least 4 times a year (and the service coordinator sees each client quarterly if they are on different visit cycles based on their birthday month), bringing the grand total of regional center visits to at least 12 times per year, plus at least 1 CCL visit. And most of the residents/consumers/clients in these facilities attend a day program, so there are additional people who might notice changes that would require follow up (if you accept the assumption that the monitors are assuring people's health and safety in facilities). In sharp contrast to RCFEs, who can go up to 5 years without seeing a monitoring person. I understand that the CCL part has to do with Medicaid Waiver and an agreement with Department of Health Services, but really??????? Is it just me?
My letters to legislators address the massive inefficiencies in our systems. Assigning one person to each facility still means quarterly visits which can be done at a fraction of the current cost to the operations budget. And might begin to address the disparity between expenditures for regional center operations and purchase of services. Residential providers are expected to provide routine transportation without additional compensation to their current rates. The rates were set when gasoline was somewhere around $1.25 (according to CA Energy Commission). RC staff have had been reimbursed at progressively higher rates since the residential rates were set. And whose rates of pay have been decreased by over 4%? And who will have to pay back funds from July 2010? Hmmm.......
I know people read these posts. I know why no one responds in writing. I wish you would, though.