Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services
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Developmental Centers

Welcome to DDS

The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state website, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs.
Public Safety Power Shutoffs Resource Guide
CALL TO ACTION: We all have a responsibility to check on our family, friends, and neighbors, especially our elders, those with disabilities, and our children. If you are in a de-energization zone, please take a moment to check-in on each other, especially the most vulnerable among us. We are stronger together.

Important Information

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