We are committed to building strong partnerships with individuals and families, and our goal is to be responsive to each person’s unique circumstances and individualized service needs. However, despite our best efforts, there may be a time when an applicant, consumer, parent, or legal representative disagrees with the decision we have made.

There are many ways to advocate for yourself and we respect your right to be heard.

If you disagree with a decision we have made here at RCRC, you may ask us to review our decision, to make certain all information was considered. Most issues are resolved, informally, through this process of open discussions with your Service Coordinator or their supervisor. If the matter continues to be unresolved to your satisfaction, you may:

  • Request to speak with the RCRC Client Rights Advocate.
  • For individuals over age 3, request to participate in the Fair Hearing Process, which may include mediation, an informal hearing, or an administrative fair hearing; or for children from birth to age 3, request to participate in the Early Start Complaint Process, which may include medication or a due process hearing.
  • For complete information about the formal appeals, visit the California Department of Developmental Services website.