Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 98

Introduced by Senators Beall and De León

(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Anderson, Bates, Block, Cannella, Fuller, Galgiani, Glazer, Hancock, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Lara, Leno, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Moorlach, Pan, Roth, Stone, Wieckowski, and Wolk)

January 15, 2016

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 98—Relative to developmental services.


SCR 98, as introduced, Beall. California’s community-based developmental services system: 50th anniversary.

This measure would recognize the year of 2016 as the 50th anniversary of California’s community-based developmental services system, and would reaffirm the commitment of the Legislature to support this system. This measure would declare the importance of ensuring a sustainable system that protects the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Fifty years ago, the State of California piloted a
2new approach to serving individuals with developmental disabilities
3by enacting a bold new direction in public-private partnership that
4fundamentally changed and dramatically improved the quality of
5life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their
6families, and that would become a model for the nation; and

7WHEREAS, That partnership model was based on the premise
8that the services required of a regional center are of such a special
9and unique nature that they could not be satisfactorily provided
P2    1by state agencies and thus required private nonprofit entities to
2contract with the state to meet the unique needs of the different
3geographic regions; and

4WHEREAS, In 1965, Assembly Bill 691 established a pilot
5program that created two regional centers in 1966, one at
6Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, later named Frank D. Lanterman
7Regional Center, and another at San Francisco Aid Retarded
8Children, Inc., later named Golden Gate Regional Center, with the
9Regional Center of the East Bay formed later from the latter
10project’s eastern region; and

11WHEREAS, The pilot program was so successful that it was
12turned into a permanent statewide program in 1969 by Assembly
13Bill 225, known as the Lanterman Mental Retardation Services
14Act; and

15WHEREAS, In 1973, Assembly Bill 846 recast the act as the
16Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and proposed
17expansion of eligibility for regional center services to individuals
18with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism, among other
19developmental disabilities; and

20WHEREAS, In 1977, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities
21Services Act was passed, enumerating various rights to individuals
22with developmental disabilities, enshrining the role of regional
23centers as advocates for those rights, and creating an individualized
24planning process that forms the core of the uniquely tailored
25services and supports that each participating individual receives;

27WHEREAS, Regional centers provide service coordination to
28ensure that the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities
29are met through a combination of natural supports, generic services,
30and the purchase of vendored services; and

31WHEREAS, Community-based service providers offer an array
32of services in each community to meet the unique needs of every
33individual with a developmental disability, doing so at significant
34cost savings to the State of California when compared to the cost
35of institutional care; and

36WHEREAS, California’s network of regional centers and service
37providers serve nearly 300,000 individuals with developmental
38disabilities who, as a result of the service, are able to live, work,
39grow, and thrive in the community; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Years of underfunding have reduced access to
2needed services and supports, have threatened the sustainability
3of the system as a whole, have strained families, and have reduced
4the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities;

6WHEREAS, The active support and leadership of the Legislature
7is a critical component of any and all efforts to reinvigorate and
8renew the community-based developmental services system; now,
9therefore, be it

10Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
11thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby recognizes the
12year of 2016 as the 50th anniversary of California’s
13community-based developmental services system; and be it further

14Resolved, That the Legislature declares the importance of
15ensuring a sustainable system that protects the rights of individuals
16with developmental disabilities and their full inclusion into
17community life; and be it further

18Resolved, That the Legislature reaffirms its commitment to
19defend, support, and advance the community-based developmental
20services system; and be it further

21Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
22this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.