50th Anniversary Celebration of the Community Services System

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The History

Assembly Bill 691 brought to life what we now know as the regional center system for serving people with developmental disabilities in the community. In 1966, the State Department of Public Health contracted with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (later known as Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center) and San Francisco Aid to Retarded Citizens (later known as Golden Gate Regional Center) which established two pilot regional centers. Those pilot programs formed the basis for the current regional center system through the Lanterman Act. DDS Lanterman Act Poster Download

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Last modified: September 23, 2019