Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Empower Families with Developmental Services Needs Signed Into Law

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sacramento (CA) – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s transparency measure, Assembly Bill 959, which will empower families in need of developmental services from regional centers, was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.

“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 website and describe the services offered in plain language for parents to understand. The bill also ensures that regional centers use language that is culturally and linguistically appropriate in order to reduce service disparities to minorities. Under the new law 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.