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What's New

Press Release (08/11/14)
Sonoma Developmental Center Appeals the Enforcement Action by California Department of Public Health against SDC ICF-DD.

DC Task Force Implementation Workgroups - 2014 (08/01/14)
The Department has invited stakeholder representatives to participate in a series of statewide workgroup meetings in late August and early September. The workgroups are part of a stakeholder process to gather input on proposals implementing the DC Task Force Recommendations passed with the 2014-15 Budget and the development of related regulations.

Section 811 Project Based Rental Assistance Demonstration Program – Round 1 (08/01/14)
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in collaboration with the California Housing Finance Agency, released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Funding Application related to Section 811 Project Based Rental Assistance – Round I.

Press Release (07/25/14)
California Department of Developmental Services Responds To Enforcement Action by CDPH Against Sonoma Developmental Center’s Intermediate Care Facility.

Developmental Services Task Force Meeting (07/24/14)
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration will open at 9:00 a.m.) at Sutter Center for Health Professions Building, 2700 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833.

Proposed Regulations (07/18/14)
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Amending Title 17 Reflecting the Minimum Wage 2014 Respite Care Rate Increase.

Website Temporarily Unavailable (07/11/14)
This website will be offline for maintenance on Saturday, July 19, 2014, between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CHHS Secretary Diana S. Dooley Reconvenes DC Task Force (07/07/14)
California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley today announced she will reconvene the Task Force that developed the Plan for the Future of Developmental Centers in California. The first meeting of the Task Force will be July 24, 2014.

Section 811 - California Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (06/26/14)
The program is a collaboration between the State Department of Health Care Services, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide, through a Notice of Funding Availability, $12 ML that was awarded to California by the Housing and Urban Development Section 811; Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program.

Self-Determination Program (06/12/14)
Information on the Self-Determination Program

Keep Summer Fun by Keeping Children Safe – Drowning is Preventable (05/23/14)
A Message by Santi J. Rogers, Director of Department of Developmental Services, Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc of California, Eileen Richey, Executive Director, Association of Regional Center Agencies, and Nadina Riggsbee, Founder of Drowning Prevention Foundation.

Rate Changes due to the Minimum Wage Increase (05/16/14)
Information on provider rate increases due to the change in minimum wage effective July 1, 2014.

Budget Highlights (05/13/14)
2014 May Revision Highlights for the Department of Developmental Services.

Mental Health Services Act Request for Applications (03/06/14)
Funding is available for Regional Centers for Fiscal Years 2014-15 through 2016-17 to develop and implement innovative mental health projects.

Early Start Part C Annual Grant Application (02/19/14)
The Department of Developmental Services, as lead agency for Part C, is providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on California’s draft application for 2014 federal early intervention funds.

Early Start Part C Annual Performance Report 2012 (02/03/14)
This report provides the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) with a progress report of the State's Early Start Program as measured against the established targets for each of the indicators listed in its State Performance Plan.

2014 Lanterman Act (01/28/14)
Available in PDF includes Supplemental Codes.

2014 Action Items (01/23/14)
ICC members vote on the ICC Annual Activities for FY 2012-2013 Report from 23-24 January, 2014.

Public Notice (01/16/14)
The Department of Developmental Services entered into an Agreement with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding recent surveys of Fairview, Porterville, and Lanterman Developmental Centers.

Governor Brown appointed Santi J. Rogers and John Doyle to new leadership at DDS (01/15/14)
Governor Brown appointed Santi J. Rogers as director and John Doyle as chief deputy director of the Department of Developmental Services.

Developmental Centers Task Force Final Report (01/15/14)
The Developmental Centers Task Force Final Report on the Plan for the Future of Developmental Centers in California has been finalized and submitted to the California Legislature. For additional background information, please visit the DCs Task Force webpage.

Proposed Regulations (01/14/14)
Notice of Modification of the Text of Proposed Regulations for Utilization of Secured Perimeters and Delayed Egress Devices.

Regional Center Purchase of Service Data (12/31/13)
DDS and regional centers are to annually collaborate to compile data relating to purchase of service authorization, utilization, and expenditure by each regional center.

82nd Annual State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony (11/22/13)
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, December 12th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey Results, FY 2011-2012 (11/14/13)
The State can use NCI reports to monitor changes in the system and to guide strategic planning and quality improvement activities. Regional centers can use the data in a similar fashion at the local level.

Drowning Prevention (07/11/13)
Governor Brown reminds Californians that careful vigilance can prevent tragedy, especially drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages five and under. DDS and its partners, CDPH and the Drowning Prevention Foundation, continue to raise awareness that drowning is preventable.

Developmental Centers Task Force (06/07/13)
California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana S. Dooley Appoints Members to the Future of the Developmental Centers Task Force

1915(i) State Plan Amendment (SPA) Approved (05/07/13)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved California's 1915(i) SPA which provides federal funding for community services provided to consumers who do not meet the eligibility criteria of the current Waiver.

Press Release (05/01/13)
DDS Secures Expanded Federal Funding for Community-Based Services

Sonoma Developmental Center Program Improvement Plan (03/13/13)
Program Improvement Plan (PIP) between DDS and CDPH to address deficiencies in the ICF at Sonoma Developmental Center.

Press Release (03/13/13)
The Department of Developmental Services enters into a Program Improvement Plan with CDPH to address deficiencies in the ICF at the Sonoma Developmental Center.

National Core Indicators Project - Family Survey Results Report FY 2010-2011 (03/11/13)
This survey report is compiled from the responses of approximately 8,100 family members and guardians of adult consumers living in the community. It provides an overview of indicators measuring outcomes in areas such as information and planning, access and satisfaction with services, choices and control, and community connections.

Press Release (03/06/13)
The Department of Developmental Services Announces New Executive Director for Sonoma Developmental Center.

Annual Part C Grant Application (02/22/13)
The Department of Developmental Services, as lead agency for Part C, is providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on California's draft application for 2013 federal early intervention funds.

Early Start Part C Annual Performance Report 2011 (02/15/13)
This report provides the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) with a progress report of the State's Early Start Program as measured against the established targets for each of the indicators listed in its State Performance Plan.

Lanterman Developmental Center's Closure News (01/31/13)
Finalized Transition Guidelines

Press Release (01/18/13)
DDS Withdraws Four Living Units at Sonoma Developmental Center from Federal Certification

Department Policy and Initiatives For Continuous Improvement of Services for the Health and Safety of Consumers (01/31/12)
The Department's highest priority is the health and safety of all residents of developmental centers and the protection and quality of care including ongoing efforts to assess, improve and enhance the provision of supports and services. In order to ensure these individuals are protected, the Department has a number of systems in place as safeguards and standards.