Lanterman Act

Central Valley Regional Center : Lanterman Act – Lanterman Act

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act , authored by Assemblyman Frank D. Lanterman, went into effect in California on July 1, 1969. This act is the foundation on which all services to individuals with developmental disabilities living in California are built. With the Lanterman Act, the central role of the state’s 21 regional centers was established; briefly, to serve as “fixed points of contact in the community for persons with developmental disabilities and their families, to the end that these persons may have access to the services and supports best suited to them throughout their lifetime.” The Lanterman Act provides the philosophical underpinnings for the regional center system, as well as the regulatory mandate.

For the full text of the Lanterman Act, visit the Department of Developmental Services website.