Welcome to Our Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
Lawyers specializing in representing individuals with special needs and their families
This is a short list of attorneys which may be able to help families with their special needs trusts and for any disability related issues.
- Charles Drexler, Oakland (510) 658-2500
- Virginia Palmer, Oakland, (510) 419-2237
Contra Costa County:
- Steve Dale, Pacheco CA (925) 826-5585
- Sterling (Terry) Ross Mill Valley (415) 332-3831
- Lorna Drope, San Jose CA (408) 852-7005
- Tollner Law Group
Please note that we personally have not used these specialists, but believe they are competent and committed. They come highly recommended. If you do consult one or the other, please give us your feedback. Thanks.
Voices from our community
- Autism Community Calendar
- San Francisco Autism Society, San Francisco, CA
- Autism Housing Network, A Project of Madison House Autism Foundation
- Who decides where autistic adults live? – The Atlantic
California State Government Websites
- Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act ( AB 846 ) – 2016
- CMS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Regulations – California Department of Developmental ServiceDescription of how California has implemented HCBS waivers.
- California’s HCBS Statewide Transition Plan Plan – California Department of Health Care ServicesThe STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.
Medicaid & Medicare – Federal Government Websites
- Home & Community Based ServicesThe final federally mandated Home and Community-Based Services regulations including new requirements for several Medicaid authorities under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. The original legislative intent of the HCBS Waiver program was to slow the growth of Medicaid spending by providing services in less expensive settings.
- Guidance on Settings that have the effect of Isolating Individuals Receiving HCBS from the broader communityRead this to understand Medicaid’s definition of isolating settings
- Guide to Medicare Advantage Plans PLUS a list of helpful community organizations that further support seniors with their healthcare needs.
Regional Center consumer appeals procedure questions
For Regional Center consumer appeals procedure questions contact:
Department of Developmental Services or 916-654-1987.