The Department of Developmental Services (the Department) is responsible under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Lanterman Act) for ensuring that more than 246,000 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. Proposed system-wide funding for 2011-12 is $4.5 billion ($2.4 billion General Fund).
California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in two ways: the vast majority of people live in their families’ homes or other community settings and receive state-funded services that are coordinated by one of 21 non-profit corporations known as regional centers. A small number of individuals live in four state-operated developmental centers and one state-operated community facility. The number of consumers with developmental disabilities in the community served by regional centers is expected to grow in fiscal year 2011-12 to 251,702. The number of consumers living in state-operated residential facilities will decrease by the end of fiscal year 2011-12 to 1,691.
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