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Theresa Billeci
Executive Director

P. O. Box 2000
26501 Avenue 140
Porterville, CA 93258-2000
Public: (559) 782-2222
TDD: (559) 781-7822

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Porterville Developmental Center

Program 1: Acute Medical and Skilled Nursing Services
Program 1 serves individuals from all residential units at Porterville Developmental Center that become ill and require short-term acute or critically ill services. Additionally, Program 1 serves individuals who require significant medical and nursing intervention on a daily basis to sustain, restore, or improve their physical well-being. Consumers admitted may be ambulatory or non-ambulatory.

Porterville Developmental Center

Program 5: Life Management Development through Behavior and Social Skills
Program 5 serves individuals who require services and supports to cope effectively in managing the stress of everyday life and develop social awareness, responsibility and self-control. Services focus on modifying challenging behaviors by responding to the function or purpose of the behavior with positive approaches via reinforcement, teaching replacement behavior, and self-control. Training is provided in self-care, communication, socialization, leisure, vocational, work skills, money management, health care and education. Clients are both ambulatory and non-ambulatory and possess basic self-care skills, various levels of communication skills, and are able to participate in group activities. Those admitted are 18 years of age or older.

Porterville Developmental Center

Program 7: Behavioral, Emotional and Social-Sexual Treatment (Secure Treatment Program)
Program 7 serves individuals in a secure environment who require a highly structured treatment setting. These individuals have multiple maladaptive behaviors including sexual and/or other criminal offenses, assaults, self-abuse, property destruction, drug abuse and other socially undesirable and antisocial behaviors. Services provided include work/life skills, substance abuse training, coping skills, relaxation therapy, individual and group therapy, sex offender relapse training, court competency training, as well as specialized educational and vocational opportunities. Individuals admitted are 18 years of age or older.

Porterville Developmental Center

Program 8: Social and Life Skills Development (Secure Treatment Program)
Program 8 provides services to both adolescents and adults in a secure setting who may be dually diagnosed, requiring behavioral and mental health services, and court competency training for adolescents. The program focus is preparing individuals for re-entry into the community by increasing coping skills and decreasing maladaptive behaviors through social and leisure skill development, gaining control over manipulative/impulsive behaviors and increasing work-readiness, vocational, educational and enhanced independent living skills. The majority of individuals are behavioral in nature, responding more readily to behavior modification techniques than to cognitive therapies. Individuals learn to make appropriate choices in areas of daily living, respecting their peers and meeting commitments.

Porterville Developmental Center

Central Program Services: Day Treatment Services
Central Program Services provides training to meet the individual's identified needs. Services are provided through a variety of programs designed to increase their level of independence, functioning skills, ability to control their environment, and ability to live in community settings. Services provided include Education Services, Adult Basic Education, Employment Services, Speech-Language Pathology Services, Sign Language Interpreter Services, Assistive Technology, Leisure Services, Religious Services, Volunteer Services, two Resource Centers and the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion program.

Last Updated: 6/25/2013