About Us

North Bay Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in California. Started as a grass roots movement, Regional Centers were originally established to assist persons with intellectual disabilities — and their families —  in identifying and developing services and programs within their communities that help them lead more independent lives.

Each a non-profit, community-based organization, Regional Centers were established in 1965 under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Lanterman. The Lanterman Act became effective in 1969 and later expanded the populations served to include persons with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other disabling conditions requiring services similar to individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. In 1972, NBRC was incorporated to serve Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.

North Bay Regional Center serves over 10,000 people living within the geographic boundaries of Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Guided by our NBRC Mission and Values we assist people with developmental disabilities in obtaining the services and supports needed to live as others do in the community. NBRC has established Strategic Goals to guide our efforts in focused areas: employment, independence, community access, and family supports.

NBRC is committed to being a culturally and linguistically competent agency, striving to provide the services that our diverse clients and families need in their unique circumstances. We also value the contributions that our diverse staff bring to the agency. For more information about how NBRC is identifying and addressing service disparities to achieve greater equity for all clients, please visit the page on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

For more information about rights, responsibilities and service coordination, see the Guide to NBRC / Guía para El Centro Regional del Norte de la Bahia.


An Introduction to the Regional Centers and how they provide services in California for people with developmental disabilities, please watch the video below.


Spanish with English subtitles

Please note, not all services discussed in the video are available at every Regional Center.