CA Department of Developmental Services

There are five components of the Developmental Services System:

Department of Developmental Services

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 mental retardation, 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.

Department of Social Services

Several programs in the Department of Social Services are important to persons with developmental disabilities. In- Home Support Services (IHSS), administered through the counties, provides homemaker and personal care services for people who cannot remain safely in their homes without assistance. Community Care Licensing Division offices, throughout the state, license and monitor group.

Federal Planning & Advocacy System

Several California advocacy agencies are largely funded by Federal dollars. An independent State Council on Developmental Services comprises 19 members appointed by the Governor to coordinate services for persons with developmental disabilities. The Council develops a State Plan, reviews and comments on proposed state agency budget and regulations, monitors the effectiveness of appeals, and testifies before the Legislature on fiscal and policy matters. 

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) works to protect the civil and service rights of citizens with developmental disabilities, providing public information and education, and monitoring the policies and practices of publicly funded agencies.  Learn more about the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) at their web site.

State/Local Education Systems

California voters elect the Superintendent of Public Instruction who administers the State Department of Education. The Department of Education oversees special education programs in California's public education system for the education of students from pre-school to adulthood. The intent of the law is met through a network of districts, Special Education Local Planning Areas and other agencies. SELPAs determine their own structures locally through county agencies and organizations to provide programs to students. Local school districts provide classes and training to children with disabilities.

Click here for a One Page Profile of the regional center system.

 

 

Accessibility

TCRC strives to make its products and services accessible for all users, including people with disabilities. Since 2006, TCRC has been working to make its Web content accessible to as broad a user base as possible. Our corporate Web site, www.tri-counties.org, complies with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI). We will always strive to make the site as accessible as possible.

Tri-counties.org is tested regularly by internal and third party consultants to identify any usability issues as well as discover new solutions to further improve the accessibility of our site. Our current accessibility features include:

  • Alternative text detail for appropriate images and other non-text elements.
  • Title attributes for additional information about links and indication of new browser windows.
  • Structural markup to indicate headings and lists to aid in page comprehension.
  • Association of forms with labels.
  • Association of all data cells in a data table with their headers.
  • JavaScript and style sheets to enhance the appearance and functionality of the site. If these technologies are not available, alternative content is provided where necessary to ensure graceful degradation.
  • Embedded documents and multimedia accessibility efforts are under way. TCRC will provide reasonable alternative formats upon request until this effort is completed.

As we continue to improve our Web site, we will reflect any changes here within our accessibility statement, so you will know the progress we are making