Amended in Assembly March 31, 2016

Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 98

Introduced by Senators Beall and De León

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(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Thurmond)

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(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)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Baker, Cristina Garcia, Hadley, Kim, Lackey, Maienschein, Olsen, Patterson, Salas, and Waldron)

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January 15, 2016

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


SCR 98, as amended, 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
P1    1life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their
2families, and that would become a model for the nation; and

3WHEREAS, That partnership model was based on the premise
4that the services required of a regional center are of such a special
5and unique nature that they could not be satisfactorily provided
6by state agencies and thus required private nonprofit entities to
7contract with the state to meet the unique needs of the different
8geographic regions; and

9WHEREAS, In 1965, Assembly Bill 691 established a pilot
10program that created two regional centers in 1966, one at
11Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, later named Frank D. Lanterman
12Regional Center, and another at San Francisco Aid Retarded
13Children, Inc., later named Golden Gate Regional Center, with the
14Regional Center of the East Bay formed later from the latter
15project’s eastern region; and

16WHEREAS, The pilot program was so successful that it was
17turned into a permanent statewide program in 1969 by Assembly
18Bill 225, known as the Lanterman Mental Retardation Services
19Act; and

20WHEREAS, In 1973, Assembly Bill 846 recast the act as the
21Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and proposed
22expansion of eligibility for regional center services to individuals
23with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism, among other
24developmental disabilities; and

25WHEREAS, In 1977, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities
26Services Act was passed, enumerating various rights to individuals
27with developmental disabilities, enshrining the role of regional
28centers as advocates for those rights, and creating an individualized
29planning process that forms the core of the uniquely tailored
30services and supports that each participating individual receives;

32WHEREAS, Regional centers provide service coordination to
33ensure that the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities
34are metbegin delete throughend deletebegin insert usingend insert a combination of natural supports, generic
35services, and the purchase of vendored services; and

36WHEREAS, Community-based service providers offer an array
37of services in each community to meet the unique needs of every
38individual with a developmental disability, doing so at significant
39cost savings to the State of California when compared to the cost
40of institutional care; and

P3    1WHEREAS, California’s network of regional centers and service
2providers serve nearly 300,000 individuals with developmental
3disabilities who, as a result of the service, are able to live, work,
4grow, and thrive in the community; and

5WHEREAS, Years of underfunding have reduced access to
6needed services and supports, have threatened the sustainability
7of the system as a whole, have strained families, and have reduced
8the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities;

10WHEREAS, The active support and leadership of the Legislature
11is a critical component of any and all efforts to reinvigorate and
12renew the community-based developmental services system; now,
13therefore, be it

14Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
15thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby recognizes the
16year of 2016 as the 50th anniversary of California’s
17community-based developmental services system; and be it further

18Resolved, That the Legislature declares the importance of
19ensuring a sustainable system that protects the rights of individuals
20with developmental disabilities and their full inclusion into
21community life; and be it further

22Resolved, That the Legislature reaffirms its commitment to
23defend, support, and advance the community-based developmental
24services system; and be it further

25Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
26this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.