Department of Developmental Services: FY 2017-18 Budget Highlights

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES
GOVERNOR’S BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
The Department of Developmental Services (Department or DDS) is responsible under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Lanterman Act) for ensuring that approximately 300,000 persons with developmental disabilities receive the services and support they require to lead more independent and productive lives and to make choices and decisions about their lives.
California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities two ways. The vast majority of people live in their families’ homes or other community settings and receive state-funded services that are coordinated by one of 21 non-profit corporations known as regional centers. In contrast, a small number of individuals live in three state-operated developmental centers (DCs) and one state-operated community facility. The number of individuals with developmental disabilities in the community served by regional centers (consumers) is expected to increase from 303,447 in the current year to 317,283 in 2017-18. The number of individuals living in state-operated residential facilities is estimated to be 490 on July 1, 2018.

see full document here: DDS FY 2017-18 Budget Highlights

Public Comment Opens for Final Draft of California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and @California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State’s “Employment First” policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at a competitive wage, for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.

The California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint is the combined effort of the CDE, DOR and DDS in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including Disability Rights California (DRC) with leadership provided by the California Health and Human Services Agency. The purpose of the Blueprint is to increase opportunities for Californians with ID/DD to prepare for and participate in CIE.

The final draft California Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint is available at the CHHS website in English, Spanish, Chinese, Armenian, Russian, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

The public comment period for the draft Blueprint is now open and will close on December 30, 2016. Written comments and questions may be submitted to CaliforniaCIE@dor.ca.gov.

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