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DDS Press Release
09/01/2006 GAAS:589:06 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Terri Delgadillo as Director of Department of Developmental Services
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Terri Delgadillo as director of the Department of Developmental Services.
“The combination of Terri's wealth of state and federal government professional experience and her deep-felt personal passion for providing service to persons with developmental disabilities will help the Department of Developmental Services achieve its mission,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Terri is perfectly suited to develop policy and programs that support the ability of persons with developmental disabilities to live in the most integrated setting possible.”
Delgadillo was appointed as interim director and chief deputy director of the Department of Developmental Services in February 2006. From 2004 to 2006, she served as deputy secretary of program and fiscal affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Delgadillo was deputy director for the Department of Health Services from 2000 to 2004. From 1997 to 2000, she served in the California Youth and Correctional Agency as acting undersecretary and deputy secretary. Delgadillo was also legislative and policy director for United States Senators John Seymour and Paul Coverdell from 1991 to 1997. In addition, from 1986 to 1991, she served as chief legislative consultant for the California State Senate Select Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and early in her career worked in special education.
“I have long held a strong personal interest in and dedication to issues involving persons with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Delgadillo. “I am honored by the Governor's appointment and look forward to continuing to lend my expertise to the important issues facing so many California families.”
Delgadillo, 48, of Sacramento, holds a Master of social work from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts in social science from California State University, Stanislaus. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $123, 255. Delgadillo is a Republican.
With a budget of more than $4 billion, the Department of Developmental Services provides services and support for over 185,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and 26,000 infants at risk of developmental delay or disability. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and contracts with twenty-one nonprofit agencies called regional centers.