Community to ask Kern Regional Center CEO to resign

Media Advisory – April 7, 2015

Contact: Delia Serrano – (661) 889-8319

Community to ask Kern Regional Center CEO to resign over concern about lack of transparency, improper use of funds

Bakersfield, Calif. – Since January, California Department of Developmental Services consultants have been stationed at Kern Regional Center two days per week to monitor the agency’s ongoing operations and to provide guidance to the agency’s board. However, even with this direct intervention and monitoring, Kern Regional Center’s CEO, Board President, and Board continue to stubbornly deny that many of those problems identified by the Department of Developmental Services exist.

During the past year, an increasing number of Kern Regional Center stakeholders (including Kern Regional Center staff, and the agency’s vendors, families, and clients) have been expressed concerns about the budgetary priorities and administrative practices of Kern Regional Center’s current CEO, Duane Law, Kern Regional Center Board President, Susan Lara, and other members of the Kern Regional Center Board. Included among these concerns were indications of improper influence and spending of tax dollars. The relationship between Susan Lara and Duane Law has also been publically misrepresented.

Kern Regional Center is one in a system of 21 Regional Centers established under California’s Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act for the purpose of coordinating and, in many instances, directly funding for services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. While each Regional Center operates as a private non-profit agency, a state agency – the California’s Department of Developmental Services – is responsible for the proper budgetary oversight and for ensuring the legal and regulatory compliance of each Regional Center. Funding for Regional Centers is provided through both state and federal dollars.

What: Community asks for resignation of KRC leadership

Where: Kern Regional Center Board Room – 3200 N. Sillect Ave., Bakersfield

When: April 7, 5:30 p.m.

Additional documents can be found online:

Letter of No Confidence from the community:

Letter to Director Santi Rogers outlining workplace issues:

Letter to Director Santi Rogers from KRC rejecting the State findings:

Original letter to KRC from State highlighting issues:

Letter to KRC from State highlighting issues:

Facebook images showing relationship between Lara and Law:



Service Employees International Union, Local 521 represents 57,000 public- and nonprofit, private-sector workers in the central Bay Area region and in the Central Valley. Under a Community First vision, we are committed to making sure the needs of our community, and the vital services we provide our community, come first. We believe our communities thrive when residents, leaders and workers recognize that we are all in this together when it comes to our safety, health, and well-being.

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One Response to “Community to ask Kern Regional Center CEO to resign”

  1. santigo says:

    You forgot California Regional Centers who don’t use home health agencies to provide the nursing care for consumers, but instead use independent contracted nurses, otherwise known as “vendored” nurses.

    Normally, when a Regional Center consumer has nursing needs, a Regional Center will secure a vendored HOME HEALTH agency to provide the nursing services.

    Every home health agency has a DON (director of nursing). A DON makes contact with the Regional Center consumer’s doctors to get medication orders and develop plans of care for the regional center consumer.

    Shockingly, however, there are some California Regional Centers that do NOT use home health agencies and send out only regional center “vendored” nurses to provide nursing care to regional center consumers.

    When there is no home health agency providing nursing care, there is no DON. Hence, if a Regional Center is only using their vendored nurses, there is no supervising RN or plan of care for the consumer.

    Regional centers who do not have a home health agency providing nursing supervision or a plan of care have been flying under the radar for several years, putting consumer’s health and safety at risk.

    These few regional centers who don’t use home health agencies, but instead use vendored nurses, claim the nursing plan of care magically becomes an IPP when there is no home health agency to provide an RN to write the plan of care.

    Yes, some regional centers are giving their vendored nurses a copy of the consumer’s IPP and telling the nurses this is their nursing PLAN OF CARE.

    Upon going out to provide nursing care to regional consumers, many regional center vendored nurses have noticed their is NO real NURSING PLAN OF CARE IN PLACE and have complained about this to the Regional center program managers and Clinical Service Nursing Supervisors, but their concerns have been largely ignored.

    Apparently, the HCBS-DD waiver –monitored by the California Department of Health Care Services, states that a plan of care is an IPP, but the HCBS-DD waiver never intended for the plan of care language to mean it’s a NURSING PLAN OF CARE. Nurses must follow nursing plans of care, not a regional center consumer’s IPP.

    An IPP isn’t a nursing plan of care.

    An IPP is updated ever 1-3 years. What happens if medications change?

    Also, when a home health agency provides nursing care to a regional center client, that home health agency’s DON (director of nursing) will contact the regional center consumer’s doctors to update medications as they change.

    Thus, if there is NO HOME HEALTH agency involved, and only regional center vendored nurses are providing the nursing care, there is no DON, NO RN contacting the consumer’s doctors to regularly update medication changes or check on the orders.

    This is putting vulnerable Regional Center consumer’s health and safety at serious risk by having OUTDATED medication orders in place.

    Apparently, this is no big deal for the regional centers doing this, while they are getting federal funding for the HCBS-DD waivers.

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