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.
Follow Legislative Bills
Bills Tracked by Lanterman
Each year Lanterman Regional Center tracks specific state and/or federal legislation that may have a significant impact on the regional center system, clients or service providers. While there are hundreds of bills written each year, the regional center has limited resources and cannot follow all of them, so the board of directors decides which bills will be tracked and uses the following three tiers to determine the level of importance. The tracking form is updated when there is board activity on a bill.
- Tier 1 – These bills will have a major positive or negative effect on the regional center system, clients or providers. The board has taken a “support” or “oppose” position and sends letters to the author of the bill and the various committees hearing the bill. The Lanterman community is also asked to send letters or make calls to their representatives.
- Tier 2 – These bills will have an impact on the regional center system, clients or providers. The board has taken a “support” or “oppose” position and sends letters to the author of the bill and the various committees hearing the bill.
- Tier 3 – These bills might have an effect on the regional center system, clients or providers. The board has taken a “watch” position and may move it to another tier if the bill is changed in such a way that it will now have a positive or negative impact.
Network of Care (NOC) “Legislate” Section
The Center is now using the “Legislate” section on our Network of Care to provide access to the bills being followed by Lanterman, as well as other state and federal bills from the current legislative or congressional session that could affect people with developmental disabilities. The NOC site is updated daily so users can follow amendments and votes. Once users have read the latest development and formed their own opinion on the legislation, they can communicate their views directly to the lawmakers using the NOC e-mail system. Lanterman is also posting our position on the bills in this section, including which tier they fall into.
Links to Other Organizations that Follow Legislation
California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN)
CDCAN is a grassroots network promoting awareness of issues for Californians and others with disabilities. Visit the CDCAN Web site >>
Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)
ARCA is the statewide association for regional centers. Visit the ARCA Web site >>
ANCOR is a national network of service providers offering quality supports for people with disabilities. Visit the ANCOR Web site >>
Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH)
SCANPH membership includes housing developers, banks, service providers and others working to develop affordable housing in Southern California. Visit the SCANPH Web site >>
The Arc of California
The Arc of California is committed to reducing the incidence of developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy and the support of families, friends and the community. Visit the Arc of California Web site >>