Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services
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Sonoma Developmental Center

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.


Self-Determination Program Informational Video
An informational video about the Self-Determination Program is now available. Versions of the video translated in multiple languages will be available soon.
Implementation of June 2015 Trailer Bill Language
Letter to Regional Center Directors and Board Presidents regarding Trailer Bill language affecting regional centers, developmental centers and the developmental services system.
Self Determination Program and Waiver Application Update
Updated information on the Self-Determination Program, including a revised Waiver application that is now posted for comment for at least 30 days as required by the federal government.
Rate Changes due to AB 1522, Employee Sick Leave
Information on the implementation of AB 1522 which enacted the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, entitling employees to receive specified sick leave, effective July 1, 2015.
Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint for Reform
Information on the development and implementation of the Blueprint to improve Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes.

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