Lanterman Act 50th Anniversary
The regional center system started with two centers in 1966 serving less than a thousand clients. It has since grown to 21 regional centers serving more than 275,000 consumers and their families. Regional center staff perform outreach and community education, intake and assessment, eligibility determination, resource development, and on-going case management services. They also vendor and pay the thousands of organizations and individuals who provide services to regional center consumers.