Amended in Assembly June 30, 2016

Amended in Assembly March 31, 2016

Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 98

Introduced by Senators Beall and De León

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Thurmond)

(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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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.

P2    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
10by state agencies and thus required private nonprofit entities to
11contract with the state to meet the unique needs of the different
12geographic regions; and

13WHEREAS, In 1965, Assembly Bill 691 established a pilot
14program that created two regional centers in 1966, one at
15Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, later named Frank D. Lanterman
16Regional Center, and another at San Francisco Aid Retarded
17Children, Inc., later named Golden Gate Regional Center, with the
18Regional Center of the East Bay formed later from the latter
19project’s eastern region; and

20WHEREAS, The pilot program was so successful that it was
21turned into a permanent statewide program in 1969 by Assembly
22Bill 225, known as the Lanterman Mental Retardation Services
23Act; and

24WHEREAS, In 1973, Assembly Bill 846 recast the act as the
25Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and proposed
26expansion of eligibility for regional center services to individuals
27with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism, among other
28developmental disabilities; and

29WHEREAS, In 1977, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities
30Services Act was passed, enumerating various rights to individuals
31with developmental disabilities, enshrining the role of regional
32centers as advocates for those rights, and creating an individualized
33planning process that forms the core of the uniquely tailored
P3    1services and supports that each participating individual receives;

3WHEREAS, Regional centers provide service coordination to
4ensure that the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities
5are met using a combination of natural supports, generic services,
6and the purchase of vendored services; and

7WHEREAS, Community-based service providers offer an array
8of services in each community to meet the unique needs of every
9individual with a developmental disability, doing so at significant
10cost savings to the State of California when compared to the cost
11of institutional care; and

12WHEREAS, California’s network of regional centers and service
13providers serve nearly 300,000 individuals with developmental
14disabilities who, as a result of the service, are able to live, work,
15grow, and thrive in the community; and

16WHEREAS, Years of underfunding have reduced access to
17needed services and supports, have threatened the sustainability
18of the system as a whole, have strained families, and have reduced
19the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities;

21WHEREAS, The active support and leadership of the Legislature
22is a critical component of any and all efforts to reinvigorate and
23renew the community-based developmental services system; now,
24therefore, be it

25Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
26thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby recognizes the
27year of 2016 as the 50th anniversary of California’s
28community-based developmental services system; and be it further

29Resolved, That the Legislature declares the importance of
30ensuring a sustainable system that protects the rights of individuals
31with developmental disabilities and their full inclusion into
32community life; and be it further

33Resolved, That the Legislature reaffirms its commitment to
34defend, support, and advance the community-based developmental
35services system; and be it further

36Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
37this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.