Laws & Regulations

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act (“Lanterman Act” or “the Act”) is the law that gives people with developmental disabilities in California the right to services and supports that will allow them to live a more independent and normal life. The Lanterman Act begins with section 4500 and runs through section 4846 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. The services and supports must meet both the needs and the choices of each person individually. §§ 4501, 4512(b).

Learn more about the Lanterman Act on the DDS website.

California Early Intervention Services Act

Cal. Gov. Code Secs. 95000 – 95030 and regulations in Title 17 C.C.R. govern early intervention services for all eligible children aged 0 – 3 in California. The California Early Intervention Services Act is designed “to provide a statewide system of coordinated, comprehensive, family-centered, multidisciplinary, interagency programs, responsible for providing appropriate early intervention services and support to still eligible infants and toddlers and their families.” [Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 95002.] This bill became effective on September 30, 1993.  

Learn more about the California Early Intervention Services Act on the DDS website.

Title 17 California Code of Regulations

The California Code of Regulations (CCR) contain the regulations that have been formally adopted by state agencies, reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. The CCR consists of 28 titles and contains the regulations of approximately 200 regulatory agencies.

Regional Center Oversight Dashboard

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.

San Diego Regional Center Oversight Dashboard

DDS Regional Center Oversight Dashboard

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