Senate Human Services Committee. Moving Toward Equity: Addressing Disparities In Services Provided by the Regional Center System

March 14, 2017

1:30 p.m.

Room 2040

Background

Some 320,000 Californians are served by the state’s Developmental Disabilities system. These

children and adults have been diagnosed with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down

syndrome or other serious disabilities that originated before 18 years of age and are expected to

continue indefinitely. In California, a network of 21 nonprofit regional centers is tasked with

evaluating the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and coordinating services for

these consumers. The regional centers are overseen through contracts with the state Department

of Developmental Services (DDS) and services are funded with a combination of state and

federal dollars.

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