Alta California Regional Center (ACRC), like all regional
centers, is funded by the state of California, specifically
through the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
ACRC is a private-nonprofit corporation which operates under an
annual contract with the DDS. All of the regional center funds
come from your tax dollars.
The money ACRC receives from the DDS is called a contract
allocation or budget. ACRC receives the preliminary
allocation of the budget in July and then receives periodic
amendments to the budget throughout the year. The budget
has two “pots” of money: Operations, which pays
for operating the regional center (employee salaries, benefits
and operating expenses) and accounts for about 11% of the total
budget, and Purchase of Service (POS) which pays
for services and supports bought for eligible clients and which
accounts for about 89% of ACRC’s budget.
There is no charge for services rendered during assessment for
eligibility, diagnosis, or case management. The State of
California currently requires some parents of children who are
under the age of 18 and who receive services paid for by the
regional center, to pay a fee or a share of cost for some
services, depending on family size and income. Click here to learn more about these fees.