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50th Anniversary Celebration of the Community Services System

The History

Assembly Bill 691 brought to life what we now know as the regional center system for serving people with developmental disabilities in the community. In 1966, the State Department of Public Health contracted with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (later known as Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center) and San Francisco Aid to Retarded Citizens (later known as Golden Gate Regional Center) which established two pilot regional centers. Those pilot programs formed the basis for the current regional center system through the Lanterman Act. You may download a .pdf .pdf Icon of the graphic below here.

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Historical Videos & Documents

Senator Jim Beall presents SCR 98, honoring 50 years of community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

We're Here to Speak for Justice: Founding California's Regional Centers - The companion booklet to the film "We're Here to Speak for Justice"

Share Your Congratulations

Please email 50thAnniversary@dds.ca.gov to submit your compliments to the success of the community services system. Your story could be featured on the DDS website!
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More Information

For more information about the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Lanterman Act Community Services System, please visit: www.Lanterman50th.org

Last Updated: 3/2/2018