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Developmental Centers--The Department of Developmental Services currently operates four State developmental centers (DCs) which are licensed and certified as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), and General Acute Care hospitals (GAC).
State-Operated Community Facility--The Department also operates Canyon Springs in Cathedral City, Riverside County, which is a smaller, state-operated community facility (CF) licensed as an ICF/MR facility.
Mission--The primary mission of the DC/CF facilities is to provide 24-hour habilitation and treatment services for residents with developmental disabilities designed to increase levels of independence, functioning skills, and opportunities for making choices that affect a person's life including the identification of services and supports and options for transition into the local community.
Services--A person-centered planning approach is utilized, involving the resident and the parents or other appropriate family members or legal representatives, developmental center and regional center staff, to identify and meet service and treatment needs of the residents. Services are designed to include activities that involve all aspects of daily living including residential services through skill training, specialized medical and dental health-care, physical/occupational/speech therapies and language development, to leisure and recreational opportunities. In addition, residents under age 22 attend school either in the community or in DC/CF classes. Adults participate in a wide variety of vocational and skill-development programs both at the DC and/or in the local community.
Admission and Transition--Admission to one of these facilities requires a court order and is based on a formal determination that the DC/CF is the most appropriate residential setting available to insure the individual's health and safety. Referrals for admission are made through the 21 Regional Centers located throughout the State of California. Regional Resource Development Projects at each DC also play an important role in assisting in activities related to admissions, transition planning, deflection, and resource development.
Secure Treatment Program--Persons admitted through the criminal justice system receive competency training as well as behavior support and intervention needed to transition successfully into the community. Porterville Developmental Center operates the Secure Treatment Program designed specifically for individuals who have: 1) mild to moderate range of intellectual disability, 2) have come in contact with the legal system, 3) have been determined to be a danger to themselves or others and/or incompetent to stand trial, and 4) have been determined by the court to meet the criteria requiring treatment in a secure setting.
Developmental Centers Initiatives--Over the past few years, a changing population within each of the developmental centers and community facility (DC/CF) as residents continue to transition into community settings and fewer consumers are admitted into a state operated facility. This change in population requires adjustments in both service delivery needs and staff support needs. In response to these changing needs the DCD has developed a number of initiatives underway to improve and expand on the delivery of services while continually assessing the needs of the population.