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DIVISION 4.5. SERVICES FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED [4500 - 4885]

  ( Division 4.5 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

CHAPTER 2. State Council On Developmental Disabilities [4520 - 4555]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

ARTICLE 1. Composition and Appointments [4520 - 4523]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

4520.
  

(a) A State Council on Developmental Disabilities with authority independent of any single state service agency is hereby created.

(b) The Legislature finds that in each of the 56 states and territories, the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 15001 et seq.)) establishes State Councils on Developmental Disabilities that work to promote the core values of the act, including self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all aspects of community life.

(c) The Legislature finds that California’s State Council on Developmental Disabilities was established pursuant to the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the policy contained in federal law and contribute to a coordinated, consumer- and family-centered, consumer- and family-directed, comprehensive system that includes the provision of needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. It is the intent of the Legislature that the state council independently exercise its authority and responsibilities under federal law, expend its federal funding allocation, and exercise all powers and duties that may be necessary to carry out the purposes contained in applicable federal law.

(d) The Legislature finds that the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 requires the council to promote certain principles that include all of the following:

(1) Individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most severe developmental disabilities, are capable of self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, but often require the provision of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance.

(2) Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families have competencies, capabilities, and personal goals that should be recognized, supported, and encouraged, and any assistance to these individuals should be provided in an individualized manner, consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, and capabilities of these individuals.

(3) Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are the primary decisionmakers regarding the services and supports these individuals and their families receive, including choosing where an individual lives from available options, and have decisionmaking roles in policies and programs that affect the lives of these individuals and their families.

(e) (1) The Legislature finds that the state council faces unique challenges in ensuring access and furthering these principles due to the state’s size, diversity, and a service delivery system that promotes significant local control.

(2) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the state council, consistent with its authority and responsibilities under federal law, ensure that the council is accessible and responsive to the diverse geographic, racial, ethnic, and language needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout California, which in part may, as determined by the state council, be achieved through the establishment of regional offices, the number and location of which may be determined by the state council.

(f) This chapter, Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 4561), and Division 4.7 (commencing with Section 4900), are intended by the Legislature to secure full compliance with the requirements of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 as amended and extended, which provides federal funds to assist the state in planning, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating services for persons with developmental disabilities and in establishing a system to protect and advocate the legal and civil rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

(g) The state council may use funds and other moneys allocated to the state council in accordance with the purposes of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. This section does not preclude the state council from using moneys other than moneys provided through the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 in any manner consistent with applicable federal and state law.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 575. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

4520.5.
  

Notwithstanding any other law, the state council shall determine the structure of its organization, as required by the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 15001 et seq.)).

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 576. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

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(a) (1) All references to “council” or “state council” in this division shall be a reference to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

(2) “Developmental disability,” as used in this chapter, means a developmental disability as defined in Section 15002(8) of Title 42 of the United States Code.

(b) There shall be 31 voting members on the state council appointed by the Governor from among the residents of the state, as follows:

(1) (A) Twenty members of the council shall be nonagency members who reflect the socioeconomic, geographic, disability, racial, ethnic, and language diversity of the state, and who shall be persons with a developmental disability or their parents, immediate relatives, guardians, or conservators residing in California. Of the 20 members:

(i) At least seven members shall be persons with developmental disabilities.

(ii) At least seven members shall be a person who is a parent, immediate relative, guardian, or conservator of a person with a developmental disability.

(iii) At least one of the members shall be a person with a developmental disability who is a current or former resident of an institution or his or her immediate relative, guardian, or conservator.

(B) To ensure that state council membership is geographically representative, as required by federal law, the Governor shall appoint the members described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) from the geographical area of each regional office, if regional offices have been established by the council. Each member described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) may, in the discretion of the state council, serve as a liaison from the state council to consumers and family members in the geographical area that he or she is from.

(2)  Eleven members of the council shall include the following:

(A) The Secretary of California Health and Human Services, or his or her designee, who shall represent the agency and the state agency that administers funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for people with developmental disabilities.

(B) The Director of Developmental Services or his or her designee.

(C) The Director of Rehabilitation or his or her designee.

(D) The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee.

(E) A representative from a nongovernmental agency or group concerned with the provision of services to persons with developmental disabilities.

(F) One representative from each of the three university centers for excellence in the state, pursuant to Section 15061 et seq. of Title 42 of the United States Code, providing training in the field of developmental services, or his or her designee. These individuals shall have expertise in the field of developmental disabilities.

(G) The Director of Health Care Services or his or her designee.

(H) The executive director of the agency established in California to fulfill the requirements and assurance of Title I, Subtitle C, of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 for a system to protect and advocate the rights of persons with developmental disabilities, or his or her designee.

(I) The Director of the California Department of Aging or his or her designee.

(c) Prior to appointing the members described in paragraph (1) of, and subparagraph (E) of paragraph (2) of, subdivision (b), the Governor shall consult with the current members of the council, including nonagency members of the council, and consider recommendations from organizations representing persons with a broad range of developmental disabilities, or persons interested in, or providing services to, or both, persons with developmental disabilities.

(d) The term of each member described in paragraph (1) of, and subparagraph (E) of paragraph (2) of, subdivision (b) shall be for three years. The term of these members shall begin on the date of appointment by the Governor and these members shall serve no more than two terms.

(e) A member may continue to serve following the expiration of his or her term until the Governor appoints that member’s successor. The state council shall notify the Governor regarding membership requirements of the council and shall notify the Governor, in writing, immediately when a vacancy occurs prior to the expiration of a member’s term, at least six months before a member’s term expires, and when a vacancy on the council remains unfilled for more than 60 days.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 577. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

4521.5.
  

Notwithstanding Section 7.5 of the Government Code, each designee shall act as the member in his or her place and stead to all intents and purposes as though the director or secretary were personally present, including the right of the designee to be counted in constituting a quorum to participate in the proceeding of the state council and to vote upon any and all matters.

Each designee shall have the right to represent the director or secretary who appointed him or her regardless of the number of other designees representing directors or secretaries at a particular meeting or session of the state council. Each designee shall represent only one director or secretary at any meeting or session of the state council.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 419, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2009.)

4521.6.
  

For purposes of this chapter, the Governor’s appointment of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the California Department of Aging, Director of Developmental Services, Director of Health Services, and Director of the Department of Rehabilitation shall also constitute his or her appointment as a member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 676, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2003.)

4522.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the reappointment or replacement of any individual presently serving on the existing state council if the reappointment or replacement is in conformity with all of the criteria established in this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 676, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2003.)

4523.
  

Persons appointed to membership on the state council shall have demonstrated interest and leadership in human service activities, including interest in Californians who have developmental disabilities, their families, services, and supports.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 676, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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