These principles describe our commitment to services that help people live independent and productive lives at any age.
Since the 1960s, California has substantially reduced its reliance on state-operated developmental centers. Once housing nearly 13,400 residents, the non-forensic portions of the developmental centers will be closing. As a result most consumers will move to community living arrangements. These closures are occurring because of changing societal attitudes about people with disabilities and state and federal laws favoring community integration over institutional care. In Association for Retarded Citizens v.
Conservatorships remove people’s rights to decision making and autonomy. As such, they must be used sparingly and in the least restrictive way possible. For example, a person with an intellectual or developmental disability should be placed on a limited rather than a general conservatorship. Appointment of a conservator should not be for the convenience of a service system or society. Please see also our principles on involuntary mental health treatment.
Since the 1960s, California has substantially reduced its reliance on state-operated developmental centers.
Conservatorships remove people’s rights to decision making and autonomy. As such, they must be used sparingly and in the least restrictive way possible.
Disability Rights California is committed to ensuring effective, appropriate early intervention programs and services are available for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Children with developmental delays or who are at risk for developmental delays that receive early intervention services have better outcomes, and require less costly services in the future.