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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.


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.


1) San Diego Regional Center invites you to join us at one of the upcoming community meetings scheduled on Monday, March 20 at the Imperial offices of the San Diego Regional Center and Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the San Diego Regional Center offices on Ruffin Road. The most current Annual Purchase of Services (POS) Expenditures data for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 will be presented. We welcome your suggestions for improving access and utilization of services for people with developmental disabilities.

2) The Minimum Wage Increase in California as of July 1, 2016, went from $9.00 to $10.00 per hour. Many San Diego Regional Center service providers will be eligible to request a rate increase to adjust employees’ pay to comply with the new minimum wage.

3) 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.