4300 Department of Developmental Services
Mission Statement

The Department of Developmental Services is responsible under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act for ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities receive the services and supports they need to lead more independent and productive lives and to make choices and decisions about their lives. The Department ensures coordination of services to persons with developmental disabilities; ensures that such services are planned, provided, and sufficiently complete to meet the needs and choices of these individuals at each stage of their lives, regardless of age or the degree of their disability; and, to the extent possible, accomplishes these goals in the individual's home community.

The Department sets broad policy and provides leadership for developmental services statewide; establishes priorities, standards, and procedures within which the developmental services program operates; monitors, reviews, and evaluates service delivery; and ensures remediation of problems that arise. Services are delivered directly through Developmental Centers and state-operated community facilities, and under contract with a statewide network of 21 private, nonprofit, locally-based community agencies known as regional centers.

The Department's goals are to:

  • Expand the availability, accessibility, and types of services and supports to meet current and future needs of individuals and their families.
  • Develop systems to ensure that quality services and supports are provided.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of information and deployment of assistive and information technology to improve services and supports and the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Ensure the Department, state Developmental Centers, regional centers, and service providers comply with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and contracts, including accounting for their funding in an appropriate manner.

The Department provides developmental services to eligible persons through two programs: Community Services and Developmental Centers. Since Department programs drive the need for infrastructure investment, each department has a related capital outlay program to support this need. For the specifics on the Department of Developmental Services' Capital Outlay Program see "Infrastructure Overview."