Five Autism Bills Head to Senate Floor

SACRAMENTO (May 24, 2013) -- Five bills designed to improve the operation of Regional Centers have been voted out of the state Senate Appropriations Committee and sent to the Senate floor.

The legislation is in addition to a measure already approved by the Senate, SB.126, that would extend the sunset on California's autism insurance reform law from 2014 to 2019.

The bills include:

  • SB.158 Sponsored by Sen. Lou Correa, the bill would establish an autism demonstration program to improve linguistic and cultural competency in Regional Centers
  • SB.208 Sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, the bill would require Regional Centers to evaluate the ability of outside vendors to provide culturally and linguistically competent services before awarding contracts
  • SB.367 Authored by Sen. Marty Block, the bill would require Regional Centers to develop annual strategic plans addressing issues of linguistic and cultural competency
  • SB.468 Authored by Sen. Bill Emmerson, the bill is designed to give particpants and their families in Regional Centers more flexibility and choice in choosing services under their Individual Program Plan (IPP)
  • SB.555 Authored by Correa, the bill would establish guidelines for Regional Centers in providing IPPs in a culturally and linguistically competent manner