The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), one of 13 departments comprising the California Health and Welfare Agency, is the department through which the State of California provides services and support to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.
With an annual budget of over 1.6 billion dollars and approximately 7,000 employees, DDS provides services and support for over 140,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, DDS annually serves 14,000-16,000 children at risk for disability through its early intervention programs. These services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and contracts with twenty-one nonprofit agencies called regional centers.
The mission of DDS is to provide leadership and direction to help ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to lead more independent, productive and normal lives as envisioned by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act.
The vision statement of the Department is based on the following goals:
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