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69-696 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Public: (760) 770-6200
Fax: (760) 770-6244

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Canyon Springs

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Opened in December 2000, Canyon Springs (CS) is a 57,000 square foot community facility leased and operated by the State Department of Developmental Services as an alternative to larger developmental centers (DCs). CS is designed to provide residential services, treatment, and training for up to 56 adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.

CS training and treatment is person-centered and focuses on the development of the individuals' ability to manage their lives through various treatment/training opportunities such as behavioral supports and replacement behavior teaching, coping skills, life skills, supportive counselling, vocational skills, adult education, recreational skills, interpersonal relationship development, community integration and encouragement of health life choices that lead to healthy, happy and productive lives. CS also serves individuals ready to move from a DC towards increased community access and integration.


CS provides services to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities lead more independent, productive and dignified lives. Our program encourages learning in coping skills, impulse control, self-awareness, enhanced decision making and relationship skills. Individualized training opportunities are designed to attain increased independence, make safe and healthy choices, exercise rights and achieve life goals.


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In order to preserve the privacy and dignity of individuals living at CS, general public tours are not provided. Educational tours may be provided for groups at the discretion of the Facility Director. Tours for individuals are not available. For public information, or to schedule a tour, please contact the Assistant to the Director/Public Information Officer, at (760) 770-6243. Members of the media who would like a tour are asked to complete and submit the Media Access Request and Agreement form.

Infection Control Officer: In accordance with requirements of California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 1797.188(d), the Infection Control Officer for Canyon Springs can be reached at (760) 770-6239. For after hours, call (760) 770-6253 and ask to speak to the Administrative Officer of the Day.


Last Updated: 4/12/2019