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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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Program Descriptions

Fairview Developmental Center (FDC) provides services to individuals who require General Acute Care (GAC), Skilled Nursing Care (SNF) and Intermediate Care for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD). There are three residential programs. Each residential program operates under the administration of an appointed Program Director. Following is a summarized description of the services provided:


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Individuals served in Program 2 have a diagnosed medical and/or physical condition that requires a greater intensity of nursing care and medical intervention. Many clients served in this environment have multiple physical disabilities and nursing care needs. Those served in this medical nursing program require assistance in daily living and ongoing management of chronic and/or multiple health conditions. Clients served require assistance in all areas of personal care. Most individuals require the use of adaptive equipment and/or staff support /assistance for transfer and mobility needs.


Program 3 serves clients with moderate to severe behavioral challenges. One residence is co-educational. Services provided focus on improving communication skills, team partnership and group participation, appropriate interaction, learning new positive replacement behaviors and developing functional coping and stress management skill.

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Southern STAR (Acute Crisis Center):

Under the administration of Program 3, the Southern STAR (Stabilization, Training, Assistance, and Reintegration) provides short-term crisis stabilization for up to five individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals are admitted pursuant to the California Welfare and Institutions (WIC) Code Article 1 (commencing with 6500) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 6 due to an acute crisis, pursuant to Section 4418.7.

The Southern STAR treatment team provides mental health and behavioral treatment for severe psychiatric and behavioral conditions in a home-like setting while maintaining and enhancing independent living skills, vocational and leisure skills and coping communication skills. The goal of the acute crisis center is to provide person-centered treatment that will expedite the person's return either to their prior residence or a more suitable community-based residential setting.

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Program 4 provides an array of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Training, interaction and engagement, intervention, treatment and care are provided on a continuous basis. Primarily, the individuals served have moderate to profound intellectual disabilities, are of adult age and have multiple challenges in the adaptive skill area. There are four residential units within this Program. One of the units provides co-educational services and focuses on the needs of older adults and those with similar needs. Individuals served have various levels and range of ability, including those with behavioral challenges and involvement. The goal of the program is to provide individualized services that assist in developing independence in the areas of social, leisure, work, life and positive behavioral skills.

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Central Program Services

Central Program Services (CPS) coordinates facility wide educational, vocational, religious and recreational services at FDC. CPS includes: Special Education, Adult Training and Habilitation, Vocational Services, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Special Arts, Special Activities, Special Olympics, Chaplaincy Services, Beauty Shop, Barber Shop, Volunteer Services, the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Program, Resource Center and the Greenhouse Project.

Last Updated: 3/2/2018