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Read about the creation of the Regional Centers system in California, where each client is provided with opportunities to participate in everyday experiences and develop to their highest potential.

It is the philosophy of the Regional Center that each client shall be provided with opportunities to participate in everyday living experiences that permit development to the highest potential.


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The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families that are based on individual needs and supports their independence.


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The San Diego Regional Center advocates for opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to maximize potential and to experience full inclusion in all areas of community life.


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The San Diego Regional Center

The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in the State of California. These centers were originally established to assist persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in locating and developing services and programs within their communities.

These original centers were established in 1965 under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Lanterman. The Lanterman Act became effective in 1969 and established the statewide Regional Center network. The Legislation later expanded the populations served to include persons with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other disabling conditions similar to intellectual disabilities.

The San Diego Regional Center was the third Regional Center established in California. It serves people living within the geographic boundaries of San Diego and Imperial counties.

YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED:

The San Diego Regional Center is out of compliance with the number of clients assigned to each service coordinator (caseload ratios) as required in the Lanterman Act. Please read the letter from Carlos Flores, SDRC Executive Director, which details the areas of non-compliance and requests your input on a draft plan of correction.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Protect Your Medicaid

1) IMPORTANT: Protect Your Medicaid Services – The State Council on Developmental Services invites you to Tell Your Medicaid Story. Your Congressional Representatives and Senators need to know the impact Medicaid has on people’s lives so that they can make an informed decision. They know that Medicaid provides health coverage but may not realize all the other things Medicaid does, like funding In-Home Support Services (IHSS).

Please click the link to fill out the form. You can also upload a photo and make sure your story of Medicaid necessity gets told to those who need to hear it!

2) The Foundation for Developmental Disabilities – assists individuals living with a developmental disability (cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or intellectual disabilities) to face challenges in the course of learning, working and living in the community. Learn More