Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2011 07:39:12 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The head of the Inland Regional Center on Monday outlined steps to comply with its probation, saying she expected such restrictions after complaints of fiscal mismanagement, improper bidding and a hostile work environment.

“As we have done throughout the audit process, IRC is cooperating and working directly with (the state Department of Developmental Services) to correct issues and follow newly instituted, uniform policies developed for all regional centers,” Executive Director Carol Fitzgibbons said.

Inland Regional Center, the largest of 21 nonprofit agencies that contract with the Department of Developmental Services, serves more than 21,000 developmentally disabled patients in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

But families, local care providers and state authorities have complained for months that the center wasn’t meeting many of its requirements.

This led the state to impose stricter requirements and threaten to revoke the center’s contract if it did not adequately address the concerns by March 31.

“The department has serious concerns regarding the board’s performance in several contract areas,” Developmental Services Director Director Terri Delgadillo said in a Jan. 19 letter telling the center of the probation.

New requirements in the contract include a series of reviews and plans to improve handling of state property and an environment that Delgadillo said “fosters fear of retaliation.”

Fitzgibbons has taken a number of steps to remedy these problems since she took over in May, Delgadillo acknowledged.

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