The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) is a committee of the board of directors made up of no more than 10 and no less than five clients. There are currently nine members on the CAC. The committee also has a staff advisor. The CAC chairperson is a member of the board of directors.
The group’s responsibilities include providing input, advice and counsel on policies, services and programs for clients and families offered by Lanterman Regional Center. Committee members also assist in the monitoring and review of the performance of the Center within the designated regions.
For more information about the Consumer Advisory Committee, visit the Department of Developmental Services Web site at www.dds.ca.gov and select the “Consumer Corner” options to access information that includes:
Information about the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC).
Materials developed by DDS and CAC committee for clients, families and professionals.
Advocacy resources to help clients ensure their rights are protected.
Links to other resources available to individuals with developmental disabilities
As part of the Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) commitment to provide information to the general public, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and professionals in the field, DDS produces the Fact Book on an annual basis. The Fact Book presents pertinent data over a 10-year period about the individuals served by DDS, including an overview of the service delivery system and trends in California. The Fact Book contains valuable information that is helpful in better understanding California’s developmental services system and the people served.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) monitors the actions and efforts of regional centers to ensure they meet statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations, and uphold the values of the Lanterman Act, the legislation guiding the developmental services system in California.
For more information on DDS' monitoring activities, visit the Regional Center Oversight Dashboard on the DDS Web site and click on the oversight functions. Oversight functions include:
Purchase of Service Report
National Core Indicators
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Compliance
2016 Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report Now Online
California law and regulation requires that regional centers display on their Web sites information about the dollar value of services they purchase for clients. These data (called "purchase of service" or "POS" data) must be reported separately by clients' ethnic/racial group, langauge and diagnosis.
50th Anniversary Edition of the History of the Regional Centers in California
Strengthening the Commitment... Reinvesting in the System: A Journey of Community Partnership
The history chronicles more than five decades of the regional centers' journey - of learning from experience, gaining new knowledge, taking steps forward, and constantly facing new challenges. Print copies are available at the Koch-Young Resource Center but you can also download a PDF from the link below.