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Cheryl Bright
Executive Director

2501 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Public: (714) 957-5000
TDD: (714) 957-5512

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Fairview Developmental Center

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Fairview Developmental Center (FDC), located on 114 acres of state-owned land in Orange County, opened in 1959 and currently serves approximately 220 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

FDC is one of four State-operated facilities within the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and is a multi-disciplinary, service-oriented residential facility licensed by the California Department of Public Health. FDC provides general acute care, skilled nursing care, intermediate care, and acute crises services to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Admissions to FDC require a court order and are limited to the Southern STAR acute crisis center for individuals requiring short-term treatment and stabilization in order to return to their home in the community.

Services provided within the FDC community occur on a continuum and include 24-hour health care supervision, a structured medical, nursing and social/behavioral environment and a habilitation program designed to enhance their independence and life skills. Services also include training in daily living, vocational skill development, leisure, academic advancement, communication, mobility, socialization and community integration. Services are provided both on campus and in community integrated settings.


All human beings have value and are part of the wealth and richness of our human family. People do not lose their inherent value because of a disability. The men and women who live at FDC have strengths and abilities that make them the unique individuals they are. Our commitment is to afford each individual living at FDC a safe and nurturing environment where opportunities for growth, realization, self-expression and goal achievement is celebrated. At FDC we strive to empower each individual to be as self-reliant as their skills, strengths, perseverance and abilities allow.


In order to preserve the privacy and dignity of individuals living at FDC, general public tours are not provided. Educational tours may be provided for groups at the discretion of the Executive Director. Tours for individuals are not available. For public information, or to schedule a tour, please contact the Assistant to the Executive Director at (714) 957-5105. Members of the media who would like a tour are asked to complete and submit the Media Access Request and Agreement form.


Last Updated: 9/7/2016