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Creating affordable housing for persons with developmental disabilities


What is the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)?

*taken from SCDD website

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. SCDD is uniquely composed of individuals with a developmental disability, parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities, and representatives of State agencies that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. SCDD consists of 29 members appointed by the Governor, with individual and family consumers representing a minimum of 60 percent of the membership. By law, Chairs of SCDD and its committees are individuals with developmental disabilities or members of their families. SCDD meets at least six times yearly and is assisted in carrying out its mission by SCDD staff and Area Boards.

Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. SCDD advocates for coordinated, comprehensive community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance and works to ensure full access to these services. Federal law requires the Council to identify ways to improve and increase services for individuals and their families, and to submit these to the federal government in the form of a State Plan.

This Plan identifies priority areas for improving and increasing services for individuals and their families. Plan objectives are achieved through by SCDD and Area Board activities and Community Program Development Grants. The Plan must by approved by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The Plan addresses specific information required by federal law within specified priority areas, and includes the Council's determination of California's priority issues and resulting Council goals and objectives for the time period covered by the Plan. The Plan must by approved by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Councils on Developmental Disabilities are established in each state through the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. This Act also creates state protection and advocacy systems, university centers for excellence, and projects of national significance (see Council Links and Resources page). Each entity has a federally-assigned responsibility designed to improve services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and enhance independence, productivity and inclusion.

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