Area Board 2

1367 East Lassen Avenue, Suite B-3 Chico, California 95973
(530) 895-4027


The Area Board 2 is one of thirteen area-wide developmental disabilities boards In the State of California. It was originally established under the Lanterman Mental Retardation Services Act of 1969 to help plan for services for persons with mental retardation and their families. In 1973, AB 846 amended the Lanterman Act to include persons with developmental disabilities requiring services similar to those provided for persons with intellectual disability e.g., epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism.

In 1976, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act was again amended to expand the duties of the area boards to include advocacy, program review, public information and education, community development and coordination, planning and policy review activities. These amendments have been incorporated into Division 4.5 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code.

Area 2 encompasses nine counties: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Tehama, Trinity, Shasta and Siskiyou. This area accounts for 22 percent of California’s land area or 35,000 square miles, including a large amount of mountainous terrain and a total population of about 580,000.

Area Board 2 Membership

In accordance with the Lanterman Act, the Area Board 2 consists of one member appointed by each County Board of Supervisors and five members appointed by the Governor, making a total of 14 members.

Representation is composed of persons with developmental disabilities or the immediate relatives, guardians or conservators of such persons, and representatives of the general public. Of the County Supervisors’ appointments, 60% shall be persons with developmental disabilities or the immediate relatives, guardians or conservators of such persons and 40% shall represent the general public. The Governor and the Board of Supervisors shall appoint persons who have demonstrated interest and leadership in human services. In order to prevent potential conflicts of interest, no voting member of the Board shall be employed as providers of service to persons with developmental disabilities or be members of the governing board of any entity providing such service, when such service is funded in whole or in part with state funds. Members serve for three-year terms. In counties with a population of more than 100,000, no member shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. All board members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for some of the expense incurred in the performance of their duties.

Board Meetings

The Area Board 2 meets five times a year. The public is welcome to attend meetings which are rotated throughout the area.

Officers and Committees

The Board elects a Chairperson and other officers, and establishes committees as necessary. Committee members are appointed by the Chairperson and may include other Area Board members. In addition, the Board employs a small professional support staff.

News and Alerts

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Board Functions

  • Protects and advocates the rights of all persons with developmental disabilities
  • Conducts or causes to be conducted public information programs for professional groups and for the general public, to increase awareness of developmental disabilities, their prevention, the DD service system, related issues and elimination of barriers to integration, employment and participation in all community activities
  • Encourages and assists in the establishment of independent citizen advocacy organizations to assist individuals with developmental disabilities in using services and participating in community activities
  • Reviews the policies and practices of publicly funded agencies that serve or may serve persons with developmental disabilities to determine if they are meeting their statutory obligations
  • Remains informed about the quality of services in the area
  • Assists the State Council on Developmental Disabilities in the preparation of the State Plan by accumulating and supplying information on available services, needs and priorities
  •  Encourages and coordinates the development of needed services of good quality to prevent duplication, fragmentation of services and unnecessary expenditures


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Chico:     530-895-8633