In 1965, the California Legislature determined that the best way to provide community-based services to citizens with developmental disabilities and their families was through partnerships with local private sector organizations.
These local organizations are known as regional centers.
Harbor Regional Center is one of 21 such centers in California operating under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. Our center began providing services in 1973. The legislation that created the regional center system is called the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. It is named after Mr. Frank Lanterman, a California legislator with vision who first conceived this unique and progressive government-private sector partnership. The Lanterman Act sets forth in detail the mandates under which regional centers operate. The Lanterman Act is available on line at http://www.dds.ca.gov/ . Our major source of funding is a combination of state and federal government programs, but we also receive funding for specific projects or purposes from foundations, businesses, and individuals.
Harbor Regional Center is committed to providing support, information, and opportunities for choice for all of our clients and their families. Our goal is not only to provide you with information, but also to provide you with multiple means of communicating with us.
We think our website is an important tool to assist us in getting much-needed, much-requested information out to our families as well as other professionals in our field.
In this section, you will find information about Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values, our Board of Trustees, our performance, our policies, and of course, the people we serve. Just click on the drop-down menu to learn more.
I also encourage you to take this opportunity to E-mail me your thoughts, comments and suggestions. We’re pleased to have you join our community of families and professionals concerned with the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
Patricia Del Monico
Harbor Regional Center