Effective July 1, 2011, parents whose adjusted gross family income is at or above 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL), and who are receiving qualifying services through a regional center for their children ages 0-18, shall be assessed an Annual Family Program Fee (AFPF) as prescribed by Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4785(Source: California Legislative Information, Welfare and Institutions Code).
There is one AFPF assessed yearly per family regardless of the number of children in the household receiving services.
Families receiving services through the Medi-Cal program are not eligible for an AFPF.
Families of children receiving only respite, day care, or camping services from the regional center and who are assessed a cost for participation under the Family Cost Participation Program will not be charged a fee.
Assessment of the AFPF will take place at the time of development, scheduled review, or modification of the consumer’s Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP), but no later than June 30, 2012. Parents will complete an AFPF registration form with their case worker or other regional center personnel at the time of the fee assessment. Parents with questions regarding income requirements and documentation required for fee assessment should contact their regional center. Parents assessed an AFPF will be required to remit payment of their fee to the California Department of Developmental Services in an envelope provided to them by the regional center.
Regional centers may grant an exemption to the assessment of an AFPF if the parents demonstrate that an exemption is necessary to maintain the child in the family home, or, the existence of an extraordinary event that impacts the parents’ ability to pay the fee or the parents’ ability to meet care and supervision needs of the child. Additionally, an exemption may be granted in the instance of a catastrophic loss that temporarily limits the ability of the parents to pay and creates a direct economic impact on the family.
Please visit the DDS website for more information.