Trouble at Developmental Services

August 25, 2010 - By admin

AUGUST 25, 2010

By ANTHONY PIGNATARO

This should sound familiar to many people. “(T)here is not really any communication between staff and upper management,” one employee said. “A lot of us are angry and hurt about the way the management seems to be unscathed by the budget, and yet they tell us to ‘hang in there,’ and they are ‘sorry’ we can’t have a raise.”

Those are strong, disheartening sentiments for any organization, but in this case the employee is a retired staffer from one of the 21 regional centers operated by the state Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The centers provide care and services for an estimated 240,000 developmentally disabled people across the state – nearly 60 percent of which aren’t yet 21. And according to a new report from the California State Auditor (which included the above quote), relations between management and staff at the clinics are about as dysfunctional as you can get.

“Almost half of the roughly 400 regional center employees who responded to our survey do not feel safe to report suspected improprieties,” the Aug. 24 Auditor’s report noted. “Also, many indicated that the regional centers do not create an atmosphere of mutual trust or establish open communication.”

This is apparently not a new problem. In fact, for Robert Hazard – a past president of the Parents’ Coordinating Council at the DDS’ Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona – such criticism brings back a fairly distant memory.

“That was what happened to my daughter-in-law about 12 years ago,” Hazard, who also has a 51-year-old developmentally disabled sister, said. “She worked at a group home for developmentally disabled young people in the Bay Area. She was there about a year, but she realized that she needed more intense training. ‘I’m just a babysitter,’ she told me. ‘I can’t accommodate their needs.’ But no one listened to her, and she quit in frustration. And she was hesitant to report it because of retaliation.”

The California Disabilities Services Association, a lobbying group for a hundred developmentally disabled service providers statewide, also had a harsh reaction to the Auditor’s report. “Even more disturbing, the report found a large number of Regional Center employees are afraid to speak up when they see improper activities or abuses,” CDSA executive director Christopher Rice said in an Aug. 24 statement. “That fear fosters a dangerous culture in a system that is responsible for administering critically needed services for Californians with disabilities. CDSA strongly urges the State Legislature to strengthen whistleblower protections and take immediate steps to reduce bureaucratic waste by implementing more transparency and stricter oversight within the Department.”

The DDS, which has a $4 billion budget, dates back to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act of 1969 (named for Frank D. Lanterman, the Republican senator from Pasadena who pushed hard for the legislation). That act set up 21 “regional centers” – non-profit, private entities spread across the state that provided care for those suffering mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and other similar conditions. On paper, at least, such decentralization – allowing patients to live in their own neighborhoods, rather than giant hospitals – was and remains somewhat revolutionary, especially for a public agency. “Together these services are meant to meet the unique needs and choices of each consumer so that he or she may live as independently as possible and participate in the mainstream life of the community in which he or she resides,” the state Auditor reported.

But the auditor also found that a number of the centers were not adhering to proper contracting and vendor procedures. Where expenditures were concerned, the auditor found “they did not always maintain documentation of their processes.” Rates for services seemed to vary widely, in some instances giving the appearance of “favoritism or fiscal irresponsibility.” Many centers award contracts without competitive processes. Written policies concerning contracts and rate agreements were also rare: “One regional center paid a vendor almost $1 million through a rate agreement without adequately specifying the deliverables to be received,” the auditor noted.

For the most part, the DDS generally agreed with the auditor’s recommendations. But in its official response to the report the department insisted that the Lanterman Act restricted its ability to control the actions of the regional centers.

“While DDS provides oversight through a variety of monitoring and auditing functions, its ability to direct the service delivery activities of the 21 contracted not-for-profit regional centers is limited by statute and court order,” department Director Terri Delgadillo wrote in an Aug. 16 letter to Chief Deputy State Auditor Doug Cordiner. Delgadillo said there are “separate and distinct roles and responsibilities” for the DDS and the centers. “This distinction is best summarized in an Attorney General opinion that concluded the responsibility of DDS is ‘basically limited to promoting the cost effectiveness of the operations of the regional centers, and does not extend to the control of the manner in which the regional centers provide services or in general operate their programs.’”

As for the management-staff problems at the regional centers, Delgadillo also noted that stress caused by recent budget cuts is taking its toll. “(T)he budget for developmental services since 2008-09 has remained relatively flat, while caseload in the community has increased by over 6 percent in the same period,” she noted in her Aug. 16 letter.

Budget cuts and increased caseload are certainly part of the problem, but don’t explain the underlying conflict in the numerous instances of actual management-staff strife uncovered by the auditor’s office. In fact, the auditor’s office went so far as to single out two centers – Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino and Valley Mountain Regional Center in Stockton as being especially problematic. “These two regional centers have internal complaint processes, but most employees do not feel secure using them,” the auditor noted.

In fact, one troubling incident at Inland – sourced to an unnamed officer at the center – describes serious attempts by management to intimidate staff and deserves to be quoted at length:

“(C)ertain employees had their laptops stolen and the police were called in to investigate. The police set up a confidential hotline for employees to call and share anything about the incident they might know. In a meeting with the chiefs, the former director laid an envelope on the table and stated that the envelope contained records of all the Inland employees that used the Inland phone system to call the confidential hotline. I felt at the time that this was an inappropriate display of intimidation and should not have been said. Further, if such a phone-call review was performed, I believe it undermined the police’s efforts to establish a communication channel that was confidential.”

Asked for more detail on how the department will address such problems issues, DDS Deputy Director Rita Walker insisted that the department is “very open to receiving complaints” and is pushing a new policy of openness and transparency when dealing with staff concerns.

“We formalized that process,” she said. “We’re putting our whistleblower complaint process in writing on our Web site. And we sent a directive out to the regional centers saying to post it on their Web sites.”

When asked why the auditor’s office might have singled out the two centers in their report, Walker didn’t really have an answer. “I can’t really speak to that,” she said. “But by having our policy formalized and posted, we believe it will remedy this issue.”

Of course, even the new DDS emphasis on openness has its limits. When asked if the auditor’s report surprised anyone at the department, Walker responded with a terse “no comment.”

Comments(58)
  1. JJSparrow says:

    Inland Regional is being singled out because it is the most egregious. As a parent of a disabled child in the “Inland” vicinity, I have first hand experience with the Inland staff and its upper echelons are as corrupt as can be. They need to completely clean house or shut them down. Tax payers this is YOUR money they are misusing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mary Galindo says:

    My sister has my 51 yr old niece enrolled in a day program and we’ve experienced nothing but covert attempts to take possession of our niece by convincing her she’s missing out by not living in a group home (basically an orphanage)in place of a loving family. Do to extensive thought manipulation She’s become the family tyrant,expecting instant gratification of all unreasonable demands because VMRC has ONLY HER in mind and the family is treated with contempt. we’ve all begun to feel she’s a member of the Red Brigade looking for opportunities to report any paranoid disrespect. She no longer takes the trash out, empty’s the dish washer or cleans the hoarded trash and biodegrading items out of her bedroom ( for her allowance,and the once beautiful bedroom now stinks) because she’s been told she doesn’t have to do ANYTHING SHE DOESN”T WANT TO. When I complained she’s gained 50 lbs on her 200lb frame being driven to eat around town all day (donuts, desserts, and restaurant meals, tax payers expense) I was told she can eat what she wants, when she wants, where she wants. “Even if it kills her?” I exclaimed. The answer was basically PROVE IT! I replied “Oh, I get it, we need to pay out of OUR pocket for a doctors letter”. I’d never use VMRC people they have vested interest as well as many conflict of interest issues. Where’s the checks and balances for this evil parasitic organization (my personal opinion only)? I’m certain they have many wonderful programs, however, this isn’t one of them! Isn’t it grand that they have freedom to self debauch in any way they see fit? Even thought they are considered to be about 8 yrs of age!

  3. joshuasnow says:

    Inland is only one of several corrupt regional centers. Did you know that the new scam is to purchase homes, lease them to careproviders at $6,000-10,000 and then to allow them to afford these homes, negotiate specialized rates for each client. Question is: what is happening to all the extra money being paid for these homes. Who benefits from the purchase of these homes. One Southern California regional center has been doing this for years under the non-profit name “Hope.” What a joke. The regional center system needs a total overhaul. When directors have been running a regional center for 25+ years, doesn’t anyone get suspicious.

  4. Frank says:

    Californias system serving disabled is in complete shambles. The corruption within the upper management of these places is worse than in Washington. The only agencies that have the power to confront chronic abuse and corruption within regional centers is Protection and Advocacy and Disability Right’s groups. Probably some of the worst offenders are behavioral specialists and program managers. Behavioral specialists are mostly ineffective in everything they do for the most severely afflicted populations within disabled. Program managers don’t do anything but deny services while they go to 4 star power lunches and travel the state attending seminars and workshops.

  5. Primo says:

    I can attest to the outrageous behavior of the IRC, particularly the program managers. Basically, they are a joke. Few if any have enough experiential or theoretical training, to be effective managers. Many were crummy CSC’s, who got placed in a position of authority, because they were effective at one thing…ingratiating themselves with other less than qualified managers, who have done an equally lousy job, by driving this social service agency into the toilet! Many of them, don’t even possess the most rudimentary clinical skills, yet they throw their title and status around, like they are “big-shots” and not just dime-a-dozen “civil service functionaries”, that are as common as “spokes on a wheel”. LOL! One, particularly obnoxious “blow-hard” comes to mind…he used to swagger around, throwing his title and prodigious girth around, for all to sicken at. This PM, was bloated not only in size, but in ego as well. Sacramento needs to clean house, and purge the IRC of it’s incompetent program managers. The reason they( program managers)retaliate against their subordinates, is because they are interested in preserving the status quo and the imaginary power, they think they possess. Some though, are just flat out vengeful. It was brought to my attention, that a particularly odious psychologist, who worked at the IRC,and now retired, had an unaccredited PhD. He was despised by many at the IRC as well. His interpersonal skills were a little less than wonderful to say the least, and I’m being charitable. Laughable and pathetic, are words, far to mundane too adequately describe the “boob-catchers”, that run the IRC.

  6. Koh-I-Noor says:

    I worked at IRC for a number of years and believe me, they have some real charmers that work in this social service agency. While employed their,I spoke with a man, who is now a PM, who dropped out of high school and never got a GED…kinda strange, considering you have to have a masters degree in order to become a PM. How does one get a masters degree without even completing a GED? I guess it’s not what you know, it’s who you know…LOL!

    I also used to work with a man, since retired who was constantly telling sexual jokes,loaded with the most base,disgusting content! Instead of firing this turd, they “pinned medals” on him and extolled his virtues. When thinking of this agency, two words come quickly to mind… “incongruent and paradoxical”. The agency would harp on sexual harassment and disclose through memos, how an employee would be punished or fired if “presenting” this type of objectionable material, while at work…You than become shocked and dismayed listening to certain “program managers” discussing the very thing that would get a subordinate terminated, if they even laughed at such innuendo! I found out a certain “program manager” actually brought porn films to work and passed them out to males in his unit, in the hopes of ingratiating himself with them! This guy was a true cockroach and wound up blubbering in terror, that he thought he was going to get canned, if his superior found out what he had done(words to that effect). This is an organization comprised of the dregs of social service personnel. especially the program managers.

  7. Judy says:

    I hope this agency is ultimately shut down. The California tax payers have been getting screwed by this agency for years! The money is supposed to help and assist the developmentally disabled in the community, instead it goes to favored vendors who provide crummy services for those so desperately in need. A few fat-cats at the top also parasitize this governmental agency with huge bonuses and yearly COLA’s they don’t even deserve…not to mention obscenely robust pensions, that few, if any, even deserve.

    They opened a new IRC office building a couple of years ago, that makes the Taj Mahal look like a run down strip mall! Who Payed for this monstrosity?…they couldn’t even pay off their last piece of real estate, that has been rented out to some art school!

  8. Primeval Mozambique says:

    The various counties within the state of California, should handle all developmental services for the states developmentally disabled population. That is how other states operate and they don’t have the scandalous regional center to contend with. A number of regional centers have gone wrong…this is just the most flagrantly corrupt and inept.

  9. Mantle Tissue Nucleation says:

    IRC is the most venal of all the regional centers in the state. This agency has a history of some pretty outrageous behavior, which is an outgrowth of the lousy management which has been pervasive for far to long. Sacramento should find alternative ways to successfully meet the needs of the developmentally disabled in our “fair state.”

    All of these resources and forms of economic funding for the DD, should be allocated to the individual counties and social service agencies in California. Every other state does it this way…high time California did the same.

  10. sensorium says:

    IRC is still on probation…probably will be in perpetuity. I hear that a local union may be representing the employees of IRC, because of the continued harassment and retaliation of the Program Managers. Let’s start by terminating the lion’s share of these incompetent “program managers”…I just heard another manager was installed without a college degree! One program manager has no GED and is a high school dropout!…somebody better check his employee file and find out if he actually has a degree of any KIND! (ROTFLMAO!)

    IRC should be closed, due to the venal nature of it’s management and the inept and unethical way it has continued to function as a governmental outgrowth of the DDS. In fact, all the Regional Centers should be shut down, and these funds should all be allocated to the various county social service agencies in the state. They would undoubtedly do a better job than Regional Center in providing advocacy and services to the disabled, as well as providing mature, ethical and educated management to the staff. IRC is a pathetic joke…

  11. sensorium says:

    Did i forget to mention the CSC at IRC, who stabbed her husband? She was convicted of misdemeanor assault, which is rather odd…in the state of California, assault with a weapon e.g. knife, bat, black-jack usually constitutes felony assault! Guess the judge must have taken mercy on this violent indiscretion. As far as I can ascertain, this individual continues to ply her trade as a case manager at the IRC. Apparently her superiors are aware of this and had a laissez-faire attitude in dealing with this perpetrator. Just another shocking, scandalous story emanating from the bowels of the Inland Regional Center.

  12. The Prince's Ruby is really Spinel says:

    They had a psychologist (that’s a good one)….who used to work at IRC a few years ago. He had an “unaccredited PHD” (big surprise)…and everyone thought he was a complete jerk! Despised by many, I thought he was an incompetent, woefully uneducated poseur. To this day his name is “MUD” at the Inland Regional Center. Another “charmer”…who plied his “laughable” trade at the IRC..

  13. Pinctada mazatlanica says:

    Chickens come home to roost at Inland Regional….the karmic wheel is a tough nut to crack!

  14. Bronzed and Svelte says:

    Laughingstock of governmental agencies. No joke!

  15. hydrous silica=opal baby! says:

    “Unaccredited psychologist” diagnosing and assessing clients…”program manager” who was passing out porn-flicks to his subordinates… a case manager who violently stabbed her spouse…this organization is so scandalous, it would make Heidi Fleiss blush!…LOL!

  16. Mother of regional Center client says:

    Regional centers are not governmental agencies. They are private non-profit quasi governmental agencies that have a monopoly on a contract guaranteed by title 17. The regional center contacts should be put up for competitive bid every few years!

  17. Tanya says:

    California Regional Centers are riddled with inside corruption. Upper management is only concerned with one thing only: saving money. Often parents are given the lowest bidder who contracts with Regional Centers, so the respite services provided are bottom of the trough. For example, nurses supplied come from only vendor approved Regional Center contracts, where the nursing agency is reimbursed at the Medi-cal rate, which is far lower than what other nursing agencies receive who aren’t regional center vendors. Sadly, it’s the disabled person and their families who then are supplied with the agencies and subsequent workers in these agencies, who receive the lowest pay and are therefore often the workers who couldn’t find jobs in higher paying agencies with higher standards of hiring good workers.

  18. triplecrown says:

    This organization is rife with incompetent managers, who get their jollies abusing the pathetic little title they possess. This whole agency is a tragic joke that should have been shut down years ago for malfeasance and gross incompetence. I spoke with a former employee who knows the woman who stabbed her husband…this whack-job was running around like a “huntress”…hitting on men when she was still married, and was found gloating about her cuckolding, while at work!

  19. triplecrown says:

    The obese, loud-mouthed program manager at the IRC who was passing out pornography to his male co-workers was never fired either!…This “slime-ball” is still waddling around in the bowels of the “regional center”… seething with hubris…LOL!

  20. triplecrown says:

    The IRC also had on it’s payroll some years ago, a psychologist who graduated from a “diploma mill”…he had an “unaccredited” doctorate in psychology…I guess they payed this “phony shrink” the big bucks to assess clients at the IRC…rotflmao! He used to sport a haircut that appeared as if someone put a “cereal bowl” around his head… this charmer looked like an oriental version of Moe from the “Three Stooges”…LOL!…no joke!

  21. littlebigman says:

    Triplecrown forgot to mention the “title 19″ fraud that was going on “full-tilt”, for a number of years. I’m sure the same amount of chicanery and fraud is going on at the IRC, as in days past. It’s pretty difficult to conceal this activity, when the program manager’s are “riding herd” over their case managers, to pump-up the units in order to generate more “lettuce” for this cesspool of an agency.

  22. Lawrence Talbot says:

    IRC has been in bad shape for years. The management is to blame for this, pure and simple. The state needs to reevaluate the role and performance of this organization and see if it is time for a serious change,in the way it’s serves the disabled in the state. Mismanage is more like it

  23. Wes Hightower says:

    The case manager who stabber her husband was convicted years ago I heard that she was actually convicted of felony assault, after she stabber her husband…I didn’t realize you could work for the state government with a criminal record?

  24. Wes (the bull rider) Hightower says:

    Also, HR should contact the “national student clearinghouse”…this organization will confirm if your staff has the “said” necessary academic credentials in order to justify employment. This organization (IRC) has program managers without college degrees…one guy didn’t even finish high school!…this guy dropped out…yet, he’s a program manager…somebody is really asleep at the wheel, in this organization…guess it’s not what you know, it’s who you know..

  25. Wes (the bull rider) Hightower says:

    The HR dept. should periodically review the employee files to ensure that the staff actually possess the necessary and minimum qualifications academically, to fulfill the obligations of the regional center and it’s mission. I realize that all program managers need to possess a masters degree, in order to be promoted to this position. The high school dropout that is a program manager must have slithered through the cracks…he’s just one of many…

  26. Wes (the bull rider) Hightower says:

    Also, the woman who stabbed her husband, committed this crime after she was hired by the regional center, and was working for a number of years. I thought she only had a misdemeanor assault conviction on her record, I was wrong, it’s a felony conviction, for stabbing her husband…can you believe this?

  27. mr.palmoxylon says:

    I heard that one case manager…actually two, used to gamble on IRC time! They each ran into each other at San Manuel casino….WOW!…what a shock that must have been, playing poker in the same pit!…what a gravy train job this is…one guy used to go to soccer matches and head for home 2-3 hours before quitting time…he was just one of many with a “sense of entitlement”…these types of state employees are the “toe jam” of civil servants in our wonderful state. It’s no wonder this agency is riddled with incompetence and favoritism… why, you even have program managers who dropped out of high school…case managers who knifed their spouse and were convicted of assault, others passed out pornography to subordinates and one was even caught stealing from a board and care home many years ago.. she, pilfered money from some of her developmentally disabled clients! Ain’t life grand!…yet many of these bad actors continue to ply their trade in this out of control agency…I hear that the new director is outstanding and makes sure that these lazy “functionaries” do their job and cut out the 2 hour lunches and knocking off at least 2-3 hours with regularity. No wonder this agency is faced with ongoing problems…bad karma baby!

  28. sandra says:

    I know who the woman is that stabbed her husband and got arrested. I wonder why they didn’t fire her? Everyone knows who she is and what she did. She is scandalous and nobody likes her that much.

  29. carlkolchak says:

    One of the case managers was also working as a stripper in Culver City or West Los Angeles on the weekends…..charming….just charming….strippers, psychologists with unaccredited paper doing assessments, program manager who passed out pornographic films to males in his unit…not to mention a high school dropout posing as a professional in the community…you can’t make this stuff up, it’s so outrageous! oh, I almost forgot about the woman case manager who violently stabber her husband some years ago…sweet…

  30. tridacnagigas says:

    I heard that the IRC has recently hired another unqualified program manager, to go along with the bevy of hapless managers at this laughingstock of an organization. It staggers the mind that the person who committed felony assault while employed as a CSC, is still working at this agency, ( the woman stabbed her husband with a knife) not to mention the high school dropout, who slithered into a management position (zero credentials,of any kind)…this quasi-governmental agency is riddled with incompetence and lacks professionalism in the way it comports itself in the community.

  31. introducinggraptolite says:

    The DDS doesn’t even consider “program managers” at the Inland Regional Center as “management”…they only recognize the “Chiefs” as managers….the chiefs oversee the program managers and various units that comprise the Inland Regional Center. PM’s are nothing more than glorified case managers…the majority of whom are incompetent and less qualified than many of their subordinates. This organization even hired a “high school dropout” as a program manager,truth be told, he wasn’t even qualified to be a case manager… he doesn’t have the academic qualifications for either of these positions! The state must really be “asleep at the wheel”, when dealing with this rogue organization. Pathetic man…

  32. zoological nomenclature says:

    Unless something radical has taken place here in the last 4-5 years, the status quo has not changed. As a former employee, I can attest to much of the bad behavior that became a “hallmark” of this agency. The program managers were a joke, they acted as if the “rinky-dink” title they had, gave them the authority to abuse their co-workers and case managers. Clearly, this is an agency that needed to be overhauled, by hiring competent, qualified management. The majority of these program managers would have a difficult time making it anywhere but at the IRC. I knew the psychologist that had a cracker-jack box diploma…in fact I think he found the school off the back of a matchbook cover…if he was a licensed psychologist, I’m an astrophysicist, with a doctorate from the University of Chicago. I also knew the “looney” program manager who dropped out of high school. This guy is just one of many, who were hired because they excelled at “brown-nosing” their superiors. In this guys case, it didn’t narrow the field much…

  33. dissertationpending says:

    Uh…well I was going to contribute something about the IRC…these statements pretty much cover the “lion’s share” of the negative…ROTFLMAO!…it’s karma dude!

  34. Smilodon californicus says:

    California is one of the few states in the union where a person can graduate from an unaccredited college/university e.g.(diploma mill)…and still stand for licensure as a psychologist. This is the case at Inland Regional Center…the former shrink that worked their, had an unaccredited PhD. No wonder that place has gone down the tubes. Case managers who “stab their husband”, program managers who “flunk out of high school”…a real group of charmers….rotflmao!

  35. thefigurethatgrinned says:

    Only two words come to mind when reflecting on the Inland Regional Center…duplicity and chicanery…that is all…

  36. thefigurethatgrinned says:

    The reason a “union” has been striving to get it’s foot in the door at IRC for years, is due to the abuse of the incompetent, petty program managers! These pathetic little tyrants, who are drunk with imaginary power, swagger around abusing their subordinates and creating a climate of fear, because “they” feel they were abused when they were case managers. These program managers are not even recognized as “actual” management, by the state of California. One “program manager”, used to intimidate case managers by throwing his “fat” belly around, along with his rinky-dink title. He was the same “bounder” that used to pass out pornographic dvd’s and tapes to the males in his unit! Do we really need these types of “parasitic dirtbags”, flushing our tax dollars down the drain?

  37. Maggie says:

    The case manager who stabbed her husband some years ago was also acting in a very scandalous manner at the IRC. She was hitting on guys when she was married and parading it in everyone’s face, nobody likes her at the regional center and everyone knows who she is. I agree, I am dumbfounded that they have not fired her, you can google her on the internet and find her arrest record and everything.

  38. mandaringarnet says:

    I guess the attorney who represented the IRC was also “fired”, when she ran afoul of one of the “chiefs”…a power struggle ensued and the lawyer was “canned”…one malcontent doing the “dirty” on another malcontent…ain’t life grand!

  39. crazy phil says:

    I ran into a few IRC employees in the middle of the afternoon recently…shopping at the grocery store…buying candy, soda and snacks… what a gravy boat this job is, you can even shop on “state” time…this is what the California taxpayers are getting fed up with…this type of abuse is just an outgrowth of the rotten management that is rife at this social service agency.

  40. tim says:

    IRC ran a campaign for an entire year to strengthen ties with the community and it was a pretty good PR move in that regard. However, on the flip-side, the inner turmoil there was incredible. So many people left, there was bad management, the union threat, etc. IRC hired people to fill several vacant 96K a year salary “Director” positions and it turned out that was a mistake since one of them really didn’t know anything about the Regional Center system and in the process of trying to make himself look good he promoted numerous people all the while one of the units he was in charge of fell apart and many people left it and IRC. He was eventually canned for harassment. Go figure.

  41. Gudeoconcha sophiae magnifica says:

    I heard one of the former employees (she was married to one of the “chief’s” brothers)…bought a “HOUSE” with IRC money!…my-oh-my!…pretty sweet deal, somebody is really asleep at the wheel in Sacramento, when fraud like this is perpetrated

  42. Prionace glauca says:

    i recently spoke with a current IRC empolyee…she stated that the “program manager’s” are a united front of bullies against their own case manager’s! These petty little nobodies, who are not even recognized as part of the management of the regional center’s in the “state”, are drunk with imaginary power. Hopefully, Sacramento will get it right and close down the IRC, and allocate these resources to competent, professional case workers and managers, who have the interest of the client at heart…not the vested interest of their vainglorious ego. The IRC has become a pathetic joke in the community…

  43. Rick R says:

    San Diego Regional Center is one of the most corrupt of the 21 agencies. Retaliation against anyone who tries to expose them is constant.

  44. Mr. Melchord says:

    The IRC has a very sinister reputation in social service circles. Many of the program manager’s are absolutely unprofessional in the way they work with staff. One program manager had her “chest size” reduced, and this surgery was payed for by California taxpayer dollars. I was told by a case manager, that this particular program manager had “back issues” due to her grotesquely over-sized chest, that was causing her ongoing back and posture problems…she stuck it to the California taxpayers alright… by using “IRC funds” to pay for her “botched boob-job”!…YES… IRC funds were used to pay for her chest surgery, that minimized her breast size! The grave malfeasance that this organization is guilty is at times incomprehensible…the scope of this misconduct is still being analyzed by people in authority, who may bring further sanction’s for this type of impropriety…

  45. Montague says:

    One “program manager” started out as a maintenance man/janitor…he later was hired as a CSC, (case manager)…then installed as a “program manager”, not based on his skills or acumen, (he basically had none, except for cleaning the toilets)rather, because his step-dad was a cherished “vendor” for the IRC…I heard this obese, unqualified “program manager” doesn’t strike a lick of work!…guess it’s not what you know, it’s who you know…LOL!

  46. DissertationPending says:

    My bad…the case manager who “stabbed” her husband, was convicted of “felony assault”…only at the IRC do you have this kind of outrageous conduct, that goes on unchallenged. Any other government agency or private sector corporation would have “fired” this “nutjob” a loooong time ago.

  47. Melo amphora says:

    The IRC should look into the academic credentials of all of it’s employees…especially the “program managers”…word on the street is that more then a few are operating without college degrees, let alone master’s degree’s…it is common knowledge that 1-2, maybe more, have no degree at all!…one guy, is a high school dropout, without his GED! I mean, even janitor’s and ex-handymen, even make the grade and become program manager’s at the IRC…brown-nosing does have it’s advantages…

  48. Mr. Mirra says:

    One Program Manager, when he was working out of the Ontario office, of the IRC, used to hand out “hardcore”, triple x-rated porno films to the guys in his unit. This was his sick and depraved attempt at bonding with the guys in his unit, who for the most part thought he was pretty revolting. I personally know this obese man, and he is a disgusting pervert, who should have been fired by the IRC many, many years ago…

  49. GO BLUE! says:

    One other thing, if an employee of the IRC plans to “blow the whistle” on rotten behavior and misconduct, they had better be “squeaky” clean themselves, if they plan to collect a settlement. Whistle-blowers who seek a “reward” sometimes don’t get one, other then a “thank-you” or pat on the back, for their disclosure of impropriety…why?…because they may have been “fired” for cause and been caught doing a whole host of “less then wonderful things” on company time!…remember, just because the IRC is rife with misconduct and malfeasance, doesn’t mean an employee should “fly south”, and not expect to be canned by their superiors if they do a crummy job as a case manager. Squeaky clean whistle-blowers who are terminated for retaliation, DUE to whistle-blowing, are the ones who have a valid law-suit and should expect to collect…and only those model employees, who do their job, come to work on time and don’t “play in the casino” on state time, or decide that they want to wile away half the work day, by playing on the internet and turning in a bumper crop of lousy reports, month after month, with the expectation that “THEY” deserve some ginormous settlement!…

  50. Potamotrygon motoro says:

    I spoke with a friend…she told me that the “high school dropout” who was installed as program manager basically has “ZERO” credentials of any kind… actually he might possess a trade school certificate…ROTFLOL!

  51. Rhodesian says:

    The “shrink” that retired some years ago was an absolute menace at the regional center. This nightmare, graduated from a an “unaccredited school”, that provided a Ph.D in psychology!…his “good buddy” told me that “the good doctor” had a graduate degree from a “DIPLOMA MILL”! Ain’t life grand folks? This type of malfeasance has become a hallmark of “less then wonderful behavior”, exhibited time and time again by this wayward agency…

  52. Rhodesian says:

    The psychologist, a.k.a., the “oriental nightmare” who retired 5-6 years ago, had a phony PhD in psychology, it was from an UNACCREDITED SCHOOL! His “best-est” buddy in the whole wide world disclosed that to me, and much more… This type of malfeasance has become a “hallmark” at the IRC. This is just one example of the “bad eggs” they hire and retain, to bilk taxpayers out of their hard earned dollar. Inland regional…the gift that keep’s on giving…LOL!

  53. Plutarch says:

    The IRC management is deplorable. A true joke.

  54. Rhodesian says:

    REAL psychologist’s actually disclose the “curriculum vitae”…when they are fronting themselves on the internet. If you will notice a “REAL” psychologist will publish the academic institutions they graduated from, e.g., USC, Michigan UCLA, Stanford…all of these outstanding academic institutions, which any REAL psychologist would prominently display on “linked in”, or another internet site, which advertises their vocation and education…if the education is missing, ask yourself why?…could it be because they are embarrassed by the crummy school’s they attended, such as a DIPLOMA MILL…ROTFLOL!…chicken’s come home to roost.

  55. Kyushu Prefecture says:

    The IRC had an attorney some years ago, that was a vicious, brutal tyrant, who functioned as the menacing “arm” of the prior Director of the IRC, who has since expired. This “wayward attorney” who resigned/retired some 6-7 years ago (not the malcontent that was fired a couple of years ago) was so steeped in “ignominy”, that she even assisted, and cleared a path, in order that some “developmentally disabled consumers” of the IRC, could SECURE ABORTION’S!…The gravity of this shocking, scandalous, horrific behavior, eclipses anything that any former employees may have done while employed at this travesty of an agency! When this information was brought to my attention, I was so paralyzed with horror, I could not even catch my breath…shocking, positively shocking…

  56. Kathy G says:

    Every California Regional Center should be investigated by Law Enforcement. This is way out of control. Been going on for years. Regional Centers constantly retaliate against employees and family members of disabled children and adults. They embark on smear campaigns. Audit the families who complain or demand adequate supports and services. And if a Regional Center does something illegal, like fails to provide court ordered Fair Hearing services, they’ll spin it around on family and attack the family for trying to come up with creative supports. Another thing Regional Centers will do is deny payment to someone who has worked diligently with a client, by pulling the vendorization of the person under a bogus accusation that the vendor isn’t following guidelines. It’s time to do a deep cover investigation into these regional centers. You’d be shocked at what’s going on and is covered up under the cloak of “we’re here to help the disabled.”

  57. RegionalCenterWatchdogs says:

    It is now 3-9-2014 and Regional Center is still using the same retaliation and abusive ways I am reading on all the posts here. I am a parent of a now grown adult who has been with Regional centers for over 20 years. I cn honestly say they have done pretty much nothing for my kid other than retaliation and when we asked for services we always had to go to court and then after court what was provided was not what was needed but barely justified the court orders. Child pertective services were always called at time of complaint and request for hearing and now again adult pertective services have been threatened to that if I can not care for my adult child without regional centers requested services then they will force me to place my adult child. Well guess what IRC…..Bring it on because my kid stays with me and now you can deal with all of us who you seem to take gov funds for and do not provide for. . I dont want to say who i am just yet but if IRC is reading this – it wasnt too long ago you yelled at me when I fired your mountain nursing because they couldnt staff me ( and my kid was an easy one) and when they finally did the darn nurse was doing some kind of drug ( burning tinfoil) and was so geeked out the stupid girl left it in the trash in my bathroom. And you say its my fault i didnt have nursing? Who owns mtn nursing and who are they so tightly connected to at regional center? My kid is not the problem we bare.. its agencies that take money away from the needs of our disabled loved ones and pocket it for their own good. It stops here! There are a lot of us parents who could and do do a better job at managing our loved ones services and the gov should give us the option. If anyone would like to join me in a complaint to the state or feds if the state doesnt take action, try to contact me here or i will soon post a contact way on here in the near future. Currently seeking back up legal security as I know IRC will be retaliating on this.

  58. shoe buyer says:

    friend of mine is a regional center client. he gets housing through a family home agency arranged for by the regional center. the family home agency gets over 6k per month from the state for case management for each client. they pay $2500 per “consumer” to “providers” who house them, feed them, and drive them to and from medical appointments. so each year, family home agencies earn over 60k per year, providers earn 30k per year. per month. all of this $ is tax free as a stipend. they are not required to pay for clothing, shoes, give rides to buses or trains on rainy days, or give $ for meals outside the home. this violates least restrictive environment because the consumer is economically forced to take 3 meals per day inside the home. friend of mine went to college and had to use his own $ for lunch since the providers getting $2500 a month tax free would not give him $10 a day for college lunch. guess how much the disabled consumer gets? $140.00 per month. my friend was wearing shoes with holes in them because his provider, making 30k tax free per year, was not obligated or wiling to buy him shoes. i bought him some. the system is completely corrupt.

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