Posted on September 9, 2011 6:16 pm

Health Care

Regional Center Wellness Projects

Improving health care is a priority for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The Regional Center Wellness Projects continue to contribute to the health and well-being of persons with developmental disabilities statewide.

Since 1996-97, more than $9 million has been allocated to regional centers for wellness projects to enhance health care for persons with developmental disabilities. Previous projects have focused on abuse prevention, training for healthcare providers, mental health care access, and other health care issues.

The projects are part of a statewide Wellness Initiative launched in 1996 by DDS in response to concerns that persons with developmental disabilities are not always able to access timely and appropriate medical, dental and mental health services. The Wellness Initiative improves health services and health outcomes by promoting partnerships between professionals, expanding professional expertise and developing local resources.

The DDS Wellness Homepage provides information on the Regional Center Wellness Projects, on healthcare professional training activities, various wellness activities, and wellness videos by various Regional Centers. Visit the Wellness Homepage at and view the videos on the DDS You Tube Channel.

Drowning Prevention

Californians can take an active role in Drowning Prevention actions before tragedy strikes a community or family member. Drowning is a leading cause of death and disabilities in children, from the birth to 4-year age group, with all types of water sources as a hazard for our small children. Multiple strategies of prevention can be used to protect infants and toddlers from swimming pools, open water areas, buckets and toilets. Layers of protection from drowning include adult supervision, fences, gates, latches, safety pool covers, alarms, education, throwing aids, rescue techniques, and swimming lessons. An updated resource for drowning prevention information is

Dental Health Toolkit

This dental guide provides information for dental professionals about autism and what they can do to make each visit more successful. There is also information for families and caregivers about how to prepare for a dental visit, forms to use for your visit, and a visual schedule that can be downloaded and used to help the child understand the steps involved in a routine dentist appointment. Information about oral care at home is also included. View the dental guide here: A Toolkit For Dental Professionals. For more information visit:

DDS Safety Net

The purpose of the SafetyNet is to ensure that Californians with developmental disabilities are safe and healthy. With this in mind, the SafetyNet develops articles, presentations and tools based directly on trends among Californian individuals with developmental disabilities. We trust that both consumers (individuals with developmental disabilities) and supporters (direct support professionals, family members and other support providers) will find the information on this site relevant, practical and engaging. Visit the SafetyNet at:

Autism Health Insurance Project

State regulated plans are also known as fully funded or fully insured plans. If your insurance is state regulated, it generally means that the state has specific laws which govern how health insurance is practiced. In California, there are two state regulators: the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) which generally regulates all HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and most of the Blues (formerly, Blue Cross of California, now called "Anthem", and Blue Shield of California); and The California Department of Insurance, which generally regulates all other PPOs, traditional indemnity plans, POS (point-of-service) plans, and Blue Shield and Anthem Life and Health Insurance.

For detailed information, visit the Autism Health Insurance Project website.


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