The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is responsible under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Lanterman Act) for ensuring that approximately 330,000 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.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides funding for services and supports through state-operated developmental centers and contracts with the 21 regional centers. The NLACRC budget is largely dependent upon the funds available in the State budget.
Regional centers are required by law to provide services in the most cost-effective way possible. They must use all other resources, including generic resources, before using any regional center funds. A generic resource is a service provided by an agency that has a legal responsibility to provide services to the general public and receives public funds for providing those services.
Some generic agencies you might be referred to are the local school district, county social services department, Medi-Cal, Social Security Administration, Department of Rehabilitation and others. Other resources may include natural supports. This is help that you may get from family, friends or others at little or no cost.
Here are some links to a few sites where you can learn more about the budget:
California State Budget
California’s 21 regional centers receive funding from the State of California, through the California Department of Developmental Services, as well as from other sources including the federal government.
Learn more about our State budget by visiting the State of California, Department of Finance budget Web site. >> Visit the web site
Legislative Analyst’s Office
The Legislative Analyst’s Office serves as "eyes and ears" for the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost efficient and effective manner. The office carries out this legislative oversight function by reviewing and analyzing the operations and finances of state government. >> Visit the LAO web site