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React & Act: Key players for developmental centers

The key players in California

There are many agencies and individuals involved in the daily operations of California’s developmental centers and its police force, the Office of Protective Services. Here we list them – as well as organizations focused on protecting residents – by category.

Developmental centers

Canyon Springs Developmental Center
The Canyon Springs center in Riverside County opened in 2000 to care for a small number of patients with moderate to mild mental disabilities and behavioral problems. The treatment program aims to train patients to better control their behaviors and to provide life and employment skills in the hope that patients can return to homes in the community.

69-696 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: 760-770-6200
Website: www.dds.ca.gov/CanyonSprings
Number of patients: 57
Number of staff: 121

Fairview Developmental Center
The Fairview center in Orange County is the newest of California’s large institutions for the developmentally disabled, opening in 1959. It was built to house thousands of patients and has its own power plant, auditorium and industrial kitchen. 

2501 Harbor Blvd. 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-957-5000
Website: www.dds.ca.gov/Fairview
Number of patients: 377
Number of staff: 1,500

Lanterman Developmental Center
The Lanterman center opened in Los Angeles County in 1927 under the name Pacific Colony with a mission to detain the “feebleminded,” according to the institution’s official history. It became greatly overcrowded by 1946, with 1,900 patients in buildings designed for 1,500. The state is working to close Lanterman over the next two to three years.

3530 Pomona Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91769-0100
Phone: 909-595-1221
Website: www.dds.ca.gov/Lanterman
Number of patients: 274
Number of staff: 1,026

Porterville Developmental Center
The Porterville center in Tulare County is a long-term care institution and correctional facility. Of some 500 patients, about 200 are developmentally disabled inmates who’ve been convicted of a crime or are awaiting trial. The center is built on 600 acres surrounded by orchards and opened in 1953. 

26501 Ave. 140
Porterville, CA 93258-2000
Phone: 559-782-2222
Website: www.dds.ca.gov/Porterville
Number of patients: 480
Number of staff: 1,500

Sonoma Developmental Center
The Sonoma center is one of the nation’s largest institutions for the developmentally disabled. It opened in 1891 on 1,600 acres southeast of Santa Rosa. The center is its own town – called Eldridge – and operates a water treatment plant and fire department.

15000 Arnold Drive
Eldridge, CA 95431
Phone: 707-938-6000
Website: www.dds.ca.gov/Sonoma
Number of patients: 542
Number of staff: 1,629

Law enforcement agencies

Office of Protective Services
Department of Developmental Services
Write: P.O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244
Phone: 916-654-1690
Website: www.dds.ca.gov
Contact Office of Protective Services Chief Corey Smith: corey.smith@dds.ca.gov, 916-654-1960

Cathedral City Police Department (Canyon Springs)
Write: 68-700 Ave. Lalo Guerrero
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: 760-770-0362
Website: http://hbirddev.com/cathedralcitypolice.com/dotnetnuke
E-mail Chief Kevin Conner: k.conner@cathedralcity.gov

Costa Mesa Police Department (Fairview)
Write: 99 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-754-5281
Website: www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/departments/CMPolice.htm
E-mail: pdadjutant@ci.costa-mesa.ca.us

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Lanterman)
Write: 4700 Ramona Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: 323-267-4800
Website: http://sheriff.lacounty.gov
E-mail: info@lasd.org

Orange County Sheriff's Department (Fairview)
Write: 840 N. Eckhoff St., Suite 104
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-647-7000
Website: http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Sheriff-Coroner - Sandra Hutchens

Pomona Police Department (Lanterman)
Write: 490 W. Mission Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: 909-622-1241
Website: http://ci.pomona.ca.us/index.php/government/city-departments/police-department

Porterville Police Department (Porterville)
Write: 350 N. D St.
Porterville, CA 93257
Phone: 559-782-7400
Website: www.portervillepolice.com

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (Canyon Springs)
Write: 4095 Lemon St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 951-955-2400
Website: www.riversidesheriff.org
E-mail: WebMgr@riversidesheriff.org

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Sonoma)
Write: 2796 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-565-2511
Website: www.sonomasheriff.org

Sonoma Police Department (Sonoma)
Write: 175 1st St. West
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: 707-996-3602
Website: www.sonomacity.org/default.aspx?PageId=37
E-mail: sonomapd@sonomacity.org

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department (Porterville)
Write: 2404 W. Burrel Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: 559-636-4625
Website: www.co.tulare.ca.us/government/sheriff

Coroner’s offices

Los Angeles County Coroner (Lanterman)
Write: 1104 N. Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-343-0512
Website: http://coroner.lacounty.gov
E-mail Assistant Chief of Investigations Ed Winter: ewinter@coroner.lacounty.gov

Orange County Coroner (Fairview)
Write: 1071 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: 714-647-7400
Website: http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Sheriff-Coroner%20-%20Sandra%20Hutchens/Commands%20and%20Divisions/Professional%20Services%20Command/Coroner
E-mail: coroner@ocsd.org

Riverside County Coroner – Indio Facility (Canyon Springs)
Write: 47-225 Oasis St.
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-863-8311
Website: www.riversidesheriff.org/coroner

Sonoma County Coroner’s Office (Sonoma)
Write: 3336 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: 707-565-5070
Website: http://www.sonomasheriff.org/about_coroner.php

Tulare County Coroner (Porterville)
Write: 1225 S. O St.
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: 559-685-2593
Website: http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/

District attorneys

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (Lanterman)
Write: 210 W. Temple St., Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-974-3512
Website: http://da.co.la.ca.us/
E-mail: webmail@da.lacounty.gov

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office – Elder Abuse Unit (Lanterman)
Write: 201 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-580-3383
Elder abuse hotline: 877-477-3646
Website: http://da.lacounty.gov/seniors
E-mail: GSatriano@da.lacounty.gov

Orange County District Attorney’s Office (Fairview)
Write: 401 Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-834-3600
Website: http://orangecountyda.com
E-mail: http://orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=160

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office (Canyon Springs)
Write: 3960 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 951-955-5400
Website: www.rivcoda.org

Sonoma County District Attorney's Office (Sonoma)
Write: 600 Administration Drive, Room 212 J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-565-2311
Website: http://da.sonoma-county.org
E-mail: http://da.sonoma-county.org/contactus.aspx

Tulare County District Attorney’s Office (Porterville)
Write: 87 E. Morton Ave.
Porterville, CA 93257
Phone: 559-782-9600
Website: www.da-tulareco.org
E-mail: Damail@co.tulare.ca.us

State-level agencies and lawmakers

California Department of Developmental Services
Write: P.O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244
Phone: 916-654-1690
Website: http://www.dds.ca.gov/

Former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber
Write: P.O. Box 652
Redwood City, CA 94064-0652
Website: www.sallylieber.org
E-mail: www.sallylieber.org/Contact.html - ContactUs-1ContactUs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CAvoteSally
Twitter: @sallylieber

Office of Gov. Jerry Brown
Write: State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Website: http://gov.ca.gov
E-mail: http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

State Attorney General's Office
Write: P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Phone: 916-445-9555
Website: http://oag.ca.gov
E-mail: http://ag.ca.gov/contact/complaint_form.php?cmplt=PL

Advocacy and support groups

Californians for Disability Rights Inc.
Write: 909 12th St., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 800-838-9237
Website: www.disabilityrights-cdr.org
E-mail: cdr4info@yahoo.com

Disability Rights Advocates
Write: 2001 Center St., Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-665-8644
Website: www.dralegal.org
E-mail: general@drlegal.org

Disability Rights California
Write: 1831 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: 916-504-5800
Website: www.disabilityrightsca.org
E-mail: info@disabilityrightsca.org

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Write: 3075 Adeline St., Suite 210
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: 510-644-2555
Website: www.dredf.org
E-mail: info@dredf.org

Fairview Families and Friends Inc.
Write: 2501 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-751-2344
Website: www.fairviewfamiliesandfriends.org

National Disability Rights Network
Write: 900 Second St. NE, Suite 211
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-408-9514
Website: www.ndrn.org
E-mail: www.ndrn.org/en/contact.html

Write: P.O. Box 1208
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: 877-399-4VOR
Website: www.vor.net
Contact Northern California coordinator Helen Hawkins: helenphawkins@aol.com, 916-435-0412
Contact Southern California coordinator Otilia Gonzales: yodieee@hotmail.com, 714-995-7619 

Other key contacts 

Hospital Police Association of California
Contact board President Lorenzo Indick: 626-373-6000

U.S. Justice Department
Write: 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530
Website: www.justice.gov
E-mail: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Contact the Civil Rights Division: 202-514-2151
Contact the Disability Rights Section: 202-307-2227

Joe Brann, law enforcement consultant overseeing policy and training improvements at the Office of Protective Services
Phone: 310-265-7479
Website: www.cdri.com/about-us/joe-brann.html

Coby Pizzotti, legislative liaison at the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, which includes the Hospital Police Association of Californi
Phone: 916-447-5262
E-mail: CPizzotti@cslea.com


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