Cultural Diversity

Overview

Through annual stakeholder meetings ACRC is working to identify barriers to equitable access to services and supports among consumers and develop recommendations to help reduce disparities in purchase of service expenditures. ACRC is continuing its efforts to identify best practices to reduce disparity and promote equity. Grant projects made available by Assembly Bill X2 1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) have resulted in the development and expansion of culturally appropriate services, service delivery, and service coordination.

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Language Access and Cultural Competency

The 2020-21 Budget Act includes $16.7 million ongoing funding for regional centers to improve and promote Language Access and Cultural Competency to better support the language needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their caregivers, and their family members.  The primary purpose of these funds is to improve consumer and
family experience and to facilitate more consistent access to information and services
for multi-lingual, monolingual, and diverse cultural groups.

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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), established in 2006, is one of 67 federally designated university centers (UCEDDs) across the country. These centers are authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), part of the Administration on Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Video Resources

Alta California Regional Center has recorded video sessions covering topics such as IHSS, SSI, and more. 

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Medi-Cal

The Basics and Other Information

In Medi-Cal Basics you will learn:

  • background information on Medi-Cal
  • eligibility basics
  • programs for persons with disabilities
  • services
  • and other health coverage

Learn about delivery methods and managed care Medi-Cal.

Review the Medi-Cal FFS and Managed Care  process.

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ACRC Workshops

Diversity Grant

ACRC provided workshops and webinars to staff, parents, and vendors of ACRC about topics that matter to them. Examples of the workshop topics provided include legal planning for an adult child, understanding Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (also known as the Medicaid Waiver), understanding the Individual Education Program (IEP) in English and Spanish, In home support services (IHSS) in English and Spanish, Culturally sensitive needs assessment and interviewing for service coordinators.

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Cultural Competency Trainings

Diversity Grant

ACRC provided a foundational training to service coordinators and vendors on cultural competency and proficiency. This was followed by culture-specific trainings to promote sensitivity to the multi-ethnic communities served by ACRC. The presentations on each of the trainings provided are below.

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Enhanced Respite

Diversity Grant

This project aimed to increase access to respite services to meet specific cultural and linguistic needs of consumers and their families. ACRC partnered with UCP Family Respite and Tricounty Respite Care to collaborate on the implementation of the project. ACRC conducted focus group discussions with the Hispanic-Latinx, Hmong, Punjabi, and Slavic families. The grant also allowed for the creation of family respite guide translated in the target populations’ languages. 

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Interpreting System

Diversity Grant

The Electronic Interpreting system purchased through grant funds allows for multiple people within a group setting to hear an oral translation of a presentation by an interpreter. The system has 4 transmitters and 16 receivers. The system has been utilized during ACRC’s annual meeting regarding expenditures allowing the translation of the presentation to Spanish and Vietnamese participants. The system has also been used for other ACRC activities including Self-determination trainings. 

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Targeted Outreach

Diversity Grant

The Targeted Outreach/Information Session grant allowed ACRC to conduct extensive information sessions to Hispanic-Latinx communities as well as the Hmong communities. ACRC also attended many culture-specific events such as the Hmong New Year, the Aloha Festival, and the MLK 365 Diversity Fair. ACRC partnered with the Health Education Council, the Ventanilla de Salud, the WeEmbrace foundation and many other healthcare sponsored diversity fairs. This grant project also allowed for topic-specific outreach provided to English-speaking families and the monolingual families served

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Threshold Language Translations

Diversity Grant

A grant from the Disparity Funds Program allowed ACRC to translate important resource materials into 8 different threshold languages including Arabic, Hmong, Punjabi, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Spanish. You can view the resource materials available in multiple languages by navigating to Publications and Brochures.