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The federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) requires, among other things, that State Councils on Developmental Disabilities develop and submit a state plan every five years.

In development of California’s 5-year plan, regional offices created local plans, outlining goals and objectives that reflect the needs and priorities in their community. Each regional office engaged their community and held at least one community meeting to receive input on their proposed local plan.

Regional office local plans were merged with the Council’s statewide focus areas into statewide goals and strategies. These goals and strategies were returned to the community for review and comment at hearings held throughout the state. The final product was reviewed and approved by the Council and submitted to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.