Developmental Services Task Force

Upcoming Meetings

To maintain focus on the response to COVID-19, the Department is postponing all DS Task Force and Workgroup activities. This includes the upcoming video conference workgroup meetings scheduled for March 23 and 24, April 3 and April 7.

Postponing these meetings will allow the DDS team to focus on the protection and safety of the 360,000 Californians with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, regional centers and providers. We also want to ensure you have time to take care of your own professional priorities and care for yourselves and/or loved ones. As needed, we will organize conference calls with members of the DS Task Force and Workgroups on COVID-19 related issues. Your discussions and input will continue to be very helpful to us as we move forward in this different space.

If you have questions specific to COVID-19, please visit the DDS website for additional information, resources and directives. Not able to find what you are looking for related to COVID-19 on the website? Email . The mailbox is monitored daily and inquiries will be routed to the appropriate person(s) for response.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through these unparalleled times,

DDS DS Task Force Team


The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and California Health and Human Services Agency have announced that a total of 157 individuals from across the state have been selected as members of the Developmental Services (DS) Task Force. The DS Task Force provides guidance on the delivery of services to Californians who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Forty-two individuals will serve on the Task Force, and an additional 115 people will serve on the Task Force’s five workgroups. In the past, 21 individuals served on the Task Force and workgroups combined.

  • DS Task Force Membership PDF
  • Community Resources Workgroup Membership PDF The Community Resources Workgroup will discuss service development needs and opportunities, including housing, employment, workforce development, health, wellness, and technology.
  • Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup Membership PDF The Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup will review and explore ways to measure and monitor service and quality outcomes and enhance transparency.
  • Safety Net Workgroup Membership PDF The Safety Net Workgroup will continue evaluation of, and make recommendations on, the developmental services safety net, to include crisis services through person-centered approaches.
  • Service Access and Equity Workgroup Membership PDF The Service Access and Equity Workgroup will continue discussions on creating a culturally and linguistically competent service system, review funded disparity projects and outcomes, explore statewide strategies to improve access, and make data easy to understand for community discussions.
  • System and Fiscal Reform Workgroup Membership PDF The System and Fiscal Reform Workgroup will discuss system and fiscal reforms to better serve individuals, evaluate compliance with federal rules and discuss key system performance outcomes and measures

Past Full DS Task Force Meetings

December 9, 2019

July 31, 2019

Northern California: February 25-26, 2019 & Southern California: February 28-March 1, 2019

November 15, 2018

August 29, 2018

December 14, 2017

July 18, 2017

February 15, 2017

April 13, 2016

October 28, 2015

June 5, 2015

October 8, 2014

Past Workgroup Meetings

Service Access & Equity – February 18, 2020

Community Resources – February 25, 2020

Last modified: March 19, 2020