Not only is California's Medi-Cal system and its public behavioral health system changing (see California As A Bellwether, California & The Mental Health Carve-Out, and Innovation, California Style), some of the basic policies and practices for serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are evolving as well. The California State Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS) is responsible for this population through the administration of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and the Early Intervention Services Act, laws which ensure the coordination and provision of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. The DDS does this through 21 community-based, non-profit corporations known as “regional…
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