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Equitable Funding for Children with Developmental Disabilities: Phase 4

Organization: Public Counsel

Primary Contact: Brian Capra

Grant Amount: $115,140 for 12 months

Date Awarded:


With foundation support, Public Counsel previously has documented long-standing inequities in support for children and families of color in California’s regional center system, which provides medical, therapeutic, and supportive services for children with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with partners across the state, Public Counsel has used its findings to advocate for systemic improvements in developmental disability services. With the new funds, Public Counsel will continue to press for policies that will require regional centers to take concrete steps to remedy racial, ethnic, and language disparities and to allocate regional center funding more equitably statewide.

Related Resources

An updated report by Public Counsel outlines persistent service funding disparities between racial and ethnic groups of children in California’s regional center system. The report evaluates the outcomes of a disparity reduction program established by the state in 2016 and urges the state’s legislative and executive administration leadership to take action on the identified recommendations for addressing the system’s ongoing problems.

Public Counsel discusses the importance of California’s regional centers to families of children with disabilities and their advocacy efforts to address disparities in the regional center system.