In 1969 the Lanterman Mental Retardation Act (now called the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act) was enacted establishing the regional center system for providing services to people with a developmental disability. The Lanterman Act, and related laws, consists of Divisions 4.1, 4.5, and 4.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and Title 14 of the Government Code. Section 4621 of Division 4.1 of the W&I Code provides that the Department of Developmental Services A shall contract with appropriate private nonprofit corporations for the establishment of regional centers.

Currently there are 21 regional centers throughout California. Inland Counties Regional Center, Inc. has held the State contract to operate the Inland Regional Center , which serves the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside , since 1971. Inland Counties Regional Center, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in 1971. Under its contract with California's Department of Developmental Services, the Inland Regional Center provides certain case finding, assessment, counseling and case management services, as specified in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, to the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties who have a developmental disability. As defined by the Lanterman Act, developmental disabilities include mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism. Inland Counties Regional Center, Inc. is governed by an all volunteer Board of Trustees who represent both the professionals and consumers of the two county areas served.

In March, 1975, the Board of Trustees contacted Charles S. Grobe, a Los Angeles attorney, to research and develop the Master Trust. In February, 1976, Mr. Grobe sent a letter to the Social Security Administration to determine under what conditions a trust would not be considered an asset of an individual applying for Supplemental Security Income. In July, 1979, the Social Security Administration replied that assets held in a trust would not be considered an asset of the individual so long as the trust was irrevocable and the trustee had full discretion in making disbursements. In 1979 the first trust was accepted. While Inland Counties Regional Center, Inc. operates both the Inland Regional Center and the Master Trust program, the trust program is separate from the services provided under its contract with the State.

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