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Inventory of the Records of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
R144  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Records of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
    Dates: 1986-1991
    Collection number: R144
    Creator: State Council on Developmental Disabilities
    Collection Size: 6 cubic feet of textual records
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: In 1970, the Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act (PL 91-517) was amended to require every state to establish a council on developmental disabilities. In California, Assembly Member Frank Lanterman had already authored legislation toward the goal of improving services for the developmentally disabled. The California legislation has been amended several times over the last three decades, but continues to be a guiding force behind services and legislation for the developmentally disabled as well as the Council itself. The records of the State Council in Developmental Disabilities document the efforts of the Council to create, develop, and evaluate new and existing programs and services for the developmentally disabled.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives' collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], State Council on Developmental Disabilities Records, R144.[series number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the Records of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities according to state law.

    Administrative History

    In 1970, the Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act (PL 91-517) was amended to require every state to establish a council on developmental disabilities (this federal law would later be known as the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act). In California, Assembly Member Frank Lanterman had already authored legislation toward the goal of improving services for the developmentally disabled. The Lanterman Mental Retardation Services Act (AB225, Chapter 1594, Statutes of 1969) and the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB77, Chapter 275, Statutes of 1976) have been amended several times over the last three decades, but they continue to be a guiding force behind services and legislation for the developmentally disabled as well as the Council itself. "The responsibility of the [California State] Council [on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)] is to plan, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate services for persons with developmental disabilities and to establish a system to ensure the legal, civil, and service rights of such persons (Governor's Budget, 1991-1992)."
    California law defines a developmental disability as mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, and similar conditions which occur before the age of eighteen. The mission of the Council is to "advocate, promote, and implement policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families." To accomplish this mission, the Council implements a State Plan. The Plan guides the thirteen Area Boards on Developmental Disabilities in local planning and coordination of services throughout the state; the Program Development Fund (PDF) which is responsible for providing grants to innovative programs and services; and the identification and evaluation of federally-funded services and programs provided by other state agencies.
    Council members are appointed by the Governor and are a mix of consumers, state government executives, and representatives of organizations, all of whom must be involved with the developmentally disabled services system in California.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) contain 6 cubic feet of textual records and document the efforts of the Council to create, develop, and evaluate new and existing programs and services for the developmentally disabled. The records are organized into five record series and cover the period from 1986 to 1991. With the exception of the Subject Files, all series within this record group relate to meetings. The Executive Committee Files, the Monitoring and Systems Review Committee Files, and the Planning and Evaluation Committee Files all pertain to the meetings of these respective bodies, while the State Council Files pertain to the meetings of the full Council. Since the committees reported to the Council, there may be some overlap between committee and council files. The Subject Files provide supplementary information on topics of concern to the Council, the most significant of which was the 1987-1989 State Plan.

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    Frank D. Lanterman's Papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. State Council on Developmental Disabilities
    Developmentally disabled Care
    People with disabilities - California