Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services

Welcome to DDS

The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

10/17/17, 7:30 P.M. - Residents and staff remain at the Dixon Fairgrounds. We are developing a plan to return to SDC and are exploring clean up, repair and remediation options for the grounds and buildings.

Local officials determined residents of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) who were sheltered at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building and Adele Harrison Middle School have been relocated as a precautionary measure. Residents and staff relocated to the Dixon Fairgrounds. This shelter is for SDC residents only. Staff and volunteers are focused on safely supporting each individual during this relocation. There is ample food, water and access to medical attention and necessary medications. DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. SDC social workers will be reaching out to families with individual updates.

Sonoma Developmental Center Staff - for questions about where to report to work, please call Monica Damsten at (707) 363-4183.

Sonoma Developmental Center Families - DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. Additionally, Sonoma Developmental Center social workers are in the process of reaching out to families with individual updates.

The Department and Sonoma Developmental Center staff continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

Highlights

Fiscal Year 2017/18 Disparity Funds Program Guidelines for Applicants
Guidelines for requesting funds to support regional centers and community-based organizations’ efforts to reduce disparities, improve access to needed services, or to enhance outreach to populations underrepresented in regional center caseloads.

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