Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services
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Developmental Centers

Welcome to DDS

The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Breach Notice


DDS notifies individuals and the public about a break-in at DDS's legal and audits offices.


Rate Study - Provider survey due date extended to 8/3/2018 New Logo
A provider survey which will help inform the rate study is available.
Self-Determination Waiver Approved!
The Department is very pleased to announce that the application for federal funding, or Waiver, for the Self-Determination Program was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Drowning Prevention
Governor Jerry Brown has recognized May as Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month. To learn more about how you can prevent drowning, please visit the DDS Drowning Prevention page.

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