Financial Management Services

Every participant in the Self-Determination Program is required to have a Financial Management Service (FMS). This is the only vendored service a participant must have. The cost of an FMS comes out of each individual’s budget and, by law, SCLARC cannot increase the budget to account for this expense. The maximum charge for an FMS is set by the state and can be found here. The FMS assists participants with payroll for employees, paying for services, budgeting, and ensuring that applicable employment laws are followed, among other tasks.

  • There are three kinds of ways that a participant may interact with their FMS
    • Bill payer – The FMS and participant do not have any employer/employee relationship, and the FMS writes checks. This might be if someone takes a class or purchases disposable undergarments.
    • Co-Employer – The FMS and the participant share the employer/employee relationship and responsibilities, with the FMS responsible for applicable insurances, liability, etc., and the participant able to retain the ability to hire and fire their own staff.
    • Sole Employer – The participant has the responsibility of the employer, including the cost of all necessary insurances and liability, while the FMS assists with payroll and ensuring that employment laws are followed.

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC) provides education, assessment, training and services in the communities of South Los Angeles, Watts, Leimert Park, Florence/Firestone, West Adams, and the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Vernon, South Gate, North Carson, Gardena, and Paramount.