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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

Porterville Developmental Center - Building

Porterville Developmental Center (PDC), located on approximately 670 acres in Porterville California, opened in 1953 and currently serves approximately 360 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, with around 190 in the general treatment area and 170 in the secure treatment program.

PDC is one of four State-operated facilities within the California Department of Developmental Services serving people with developmental disabilities. PDC provides 24-hour residential services for individuals who have serious medical and/or behavior problems for which appropriate services are not currently available through community resources. PDC is licensed by the California Department of Public Health to provide general acute medical services, skilled nursing services, and intermediate care services. Individuals are admitted on referral by one of the 21 California regional centers.

The majority of individuals served at PDC have an intellectual disability and many have severe chronic medical or behavioral problems. Others require services within a secure treatment program. These individuals are in the mild to moderate range of intellectual disability, have come in contact with the legal system, have been determined to be a danger to themselves or others and/or incompetent to stand trial, and have been determined by the court to meet the criteria requiring treatment in a secure area.


The mission of PDC is to provide personalized support and treatment programs to maximize the potential of the individual to achieve his/her preferred future, be responsive to the ever-changing needs of the people we serve, and build partnerships with our stakeholders. Individualized supports are provided to advance each person's level of independence. This is done by the Interdisciplinary Team, which includes the consumer, the family or legal representative, and PDC staff such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, psychiatric technicians, social workers, chaplains, rehabilitation and speech therapists, teachers, dietitians and pharmacists. The team develops an Individual Program Plan using a person-centered planning process. Services may include health care, education, work training, employment, self-help training, and preparation for independent living, as well as leisure activities, behavior management and socialization skills development.


In order to preserve the privacy and dignity of individuals living at the DC, 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 (559) 782-2286. Members of the media who would like a tour are asked to complete and submit the Media Access Request and Agreement form.

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Last Updated: 11/16/2015