In California twenty-one regional centers help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families plan, access, and coordinate services. Regional centers contract with nonprofit and for-profit service providers, to support individuals with developmental disabilities. Regional centers are private nonprofit organizations that arrange, fund, and monitor services provided by service provider organizations.
The network of regional centers is funded by the Department of Developmental Services within the State of California and provide a coordinated system for diagnosing individuals suspected of or having a developmental disability and helping people with these disabilities to make use of all essential public and private services to meet their special needs (medical and dental, educational, recreational, vocational, social, and emotional).
Pathways Facilitation Services designed and facilitated strategic planning retreat activities of the 42-member board of directors, representing each regional center member of the Association of Regional Center Agencies. In partnership with Kinetic Flow Corporation, a quantitative assessment along with an environmental scan and analysis of association strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges were performed and the results discussed at a day long planning retreat.
Data was used to revisit and refresh the association mission, vision and values and identify strategic focus areas to guide the association activities and resource allocation in 2013-2015. Ami Sullivan, Director of Kinetic Flow, who engaged the services of Pathways Facilitation Services to provide the process consultation and qualitative facilitation commented,
Your participation made the difference between passable outcomes and a truly meaningful impact for this project. I have lead and seen many facilitations, but none as inclusive and successful as this. It was inspiring.