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To implement recommendations of the Health and Human Services Agency Task Force on the Future of Developmental Centers' January 13, 2014 report, "Plan for the Future of Developmental Centers in California," the Department of Developmental Services (Department) developed several proposals that were introduced with proposed revisions to the Governor's Budget in May and were signed into law in June as part of SB 856, the Developmental Services 2014-15 Budget trailer bill. The Department is now asking for organizations and individuals to participate in a stakeholder process to provide input on these proposals and for the development of regulations related to these initiatives.

A series of three, two-day workgroup meetings has been scheduled in late August and early September to provide initial input on the following topics:

  • New Models of Care for Challenging Behavioral Needs
    • Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes
    • Community Crisis Homes
  • Acute Crisis Units at Sonoma and Fairview Developmental Centers
  • Community State Staff Program Expansion
  • Developmental Center Resident Transition Planning

Due to the limited capacity of the state conference rooms, these initial stakeholder workgroups are limited to invited participants. There will be additional opportunities for public comment as the stakeholder process proceeds.

The workgroups will be meeting in Fresno, Los Angeles and Sacramento on the following dates:

  • FRESNO; August 27th and 28th
    Hugh Burns State Building
    2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • LOS ANGELES; September 3rd and 4th
    Junipero Serra Office Building
    320 W. 4th Street, Auditorium
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • SACRAMENTO; September 10th and 11th
    Department of Health Care Services
    1700 K. Street, 1st Floor Conference Room
    Sacramento, CA 95811

The workgroups will include representation from throughout California, including organizations representing consumers and consumer advocates, family members, regional centers, and other stakeholders. To ensure that a wide range of local community perspectives are represented, organizations were asked to appoint a different regional representative to each workgroup location (Fresno, Los Angeles and Sacramento).

Opportunities For Public Input

DDS is strongly committed to working with its stakeholders as it seeks feedback in support of the Task Force Recommendations. No final decisions will be made at these workgroup meetings. They are intended as brainstorming sessions to gather input and ideas, not to confirm final solutions. Stakeholders and the public will have additional opportunities outside of this series of workgroup meetings to weigh in with concerns, questions or ideas.

The Department plans to hold a conference call for workgroup members prior to August 27th to provide background on the topics to help prepare your representatives for participation in the workgroup meetings. This call will be a "listen-only"" presentation and will be open to members of the public, in addition to stakeholder representatives.

Conference Call Information

The pre-meeting conference call has been scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 2:30pm. If you have any questions you would like answered during this call, please submit them to John Schmidt at john.schmidt@dds.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21st.

The call in information for August 25, 2014, is as follows:
Conference Call #: 888-431-3632
Participant Code: 2819084
Time: 2:30 p.m. (Please plan to call-in a little before 2:30 p.m. so that you can be on the line before the presentation starts)

Written Input Information

Written input can be provided by submitting your comments to John Schmidt at john.schmidt@dds.ca.gov or by mail to:

John Schmidt, Special Assistant to the Director
Department of Developmental Services
P.O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020

Please ensure that all written comments are received by the Department no later than September 30, 2014.


In consideration of attendees who are sensitive to environmental odors created by chemicals and perfumes, please restrict the use of fragrances at these meetings. If disability-related accommodations are required for your attendance, or you need materials in alternate formats, please contact Kathleen Ozeroff at (916) 654-1888 or kathleen.ozeroff@dds.ca.gov.

Last Updated: 9/2/2014