Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Bill to Empower Families with Developmental Services Needs Passes First Policy Committee

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to empower families in need of developmental services from regional centers, Assembly Bill 959, passed the Assembly Committee on Human Services today with a 7-0 vote.

“When families are provided clear information regarding the services provided by regional centers, they are able to make the best choices for their loved ones,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The need for this bill was brought to my attention by constituents with personal stories of having difficulty finding the care they needed for their family members.”

Assembly Bill 959 requires the Department of Developmental Services to expand the type of information offered by regional centers on their websites and describe the services offered in plain language for parents to understand. Regional centers will be required to include a link to the services and descriptions on their website.

“I’m proud to author this transparency measure that will make a difference for children and adults with special needs,” said Holden.