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This page reviews the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the purpose of the SafetyNet, and what to do if you have questions or concerns with the website.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

DDS is part of the California Health and Human Services Agency. With a budget of more than $4.7 billion, the department provides services and supports for approximately 207,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and 33,000 infants at risk of developmental delay or disability. These services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with twenty-one nonprofit agencies called regional centers. In addition, the regional centers are currently providing diagnosis & evaluation services to approximately 8,100 consumers.

The SafetyNet

The purpose of the SafetyNet is to ensure that Californians with developmental disabilities are safe and healthy. With this in mind, we develop new SafetyNet articles, presentations and tools based directly on trends among Californian individuals with developmental disabilities. We hope that individuals with developmental disabilities and supporters (direct support professionals, family members and other support providers) will find the information on this site relevant, practical and engaging.

Questions or Concerns

We welcome all feedback! If you wish to comment about the content or are having a problem with the website, please contact us.