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          Date of Hearing:   April 11, 2016

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                    Gordon, Chair

                        98 (Beall) - As Amended March 31, 2016

          SENATE VOTE:  38-0

          SUBJECT:  California's community-based developmental services  
          system:  50th anniversary

          SUMMARY:  Recognizes 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.  Specifically, this resolution makes the following  
          legislative findings:

          1)Fifty years ago, the State of California piloted a new  
            approach to serving individuals with developmental  
            disabilities by enacting a bold new direction in  
            public-private partnership that fundamentally changed and  
            dramatically improved the quality of life for individuals with  
            developmental disabilities and their families, and that would  
            become a model for the nation.  That partnership model was  
            based on the premise that the services required of a regional  
            center are of such a special and unique nature that they could  
            not be satisfactorily provided by state agencies and thus  
            required private nonprofit entities to contract with the state  
            to meet the unique needs of the different geographic regions.

          2)Regional centers provide service coordination to ensure that  


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            the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities are  
            met using a combination of natural supports, generic services,  
            and the purchase of vendored services.

          3)California's network of regional centers and service providers  
            serve nearly 300,000 individuals with developmental  
            disabilities who, as a result of the service, are able to  
            live, work, grow, and thrive in the community.

          4)Years of underfunding have reduced access to needed services  
            and supports, have threatened the sustainability of the system  
            as a whole, have strained families, and have reduced the  
            quality of life for individuals with developmental  

          5)The active support and leadership of the Legislature is a  
            critical component of any and all efforts to reinvigorate and  
            renew the community-based developmental services system.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)

          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800


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