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Legislature Passes Developmental Services Package
Priority on Employment for People with Disabilities

SACRAMENTO CA – After years of budget cuts and program reductions, the Legislature today passed a developmental disabilities (DD) funding proposal and managed care organization (MCO) funding reform, creating a package that breathes new life into a system many felt was on the brink of collapse. When paired with federal matching funds, the increase will be $400 to $500 million.

“This is a huge step forward, and it came not a moment too soon for people who need these services,” said Dr. April Lopez, Chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. “While we are still a long way from adequate funding, today’s vote is welcome news. A lot of work went into forging this agreement. Governor Brown and the Legislature showed tremendous leadership.”

Please see our Legislative News page for more information.

Myths v. Facts: Californiaʼs Adults with Autism/DD and the New Medicaid HCBS Rules

Click here to read a resource from The Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area, describing the new federal Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (“HCBS”) rules and their impact on California’s adults with developmental disabilities, “myths vs facts”.

Hope Services’ Mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

As the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Silicon Valley for over 63 years, Hope serves more than 3,500 people and their families in six counties and provides essential programs for all ages, infants through seniors.


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Hope participants make amazing additions to your workforce. Don’t have a staffing need, but have an assembly project? Hope can do it! Both solutions deliver high quality, competitive pricing, and provide real social impact, while helping to combat the 87% unemployment rate for individuals with developmental disabilities in CA.


Hope welcomes your participation! We have big plans in the coming year and we rely upon corporate sponsors and volunteers. Does your company want to adopt Hope? Support a project?

You can help people with developmental disabilities by hiring Hope today! Find out more.

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“We approached Hope Services in early 2015, looking for a cost effective partner that could take on the detailed assembly work of our Retail display shippers. Our display shipper is ultimately set up inside our customer’s stores and is a wonderful presentation of our delicious sauces and syrups. The display must be assembled correctly and in pristine condition or we lose opportunity.

Every display shipper project that Hope Services has completed for us has been of the highest quality and delivered on time! Because of our partnership with Hope Services we are able to focus on developing amazing flavors rather than tasks outside our core competencies.

I would highly recommend working with Hope Services.”

—Susan O’Neill, Customer Service Manager, Torani

Hope Clinicians Present Cutting Edge Treatment Methods at NADD Conference in November 2015

Staff members from the Hope Counseling Center attended and presented at the three-day NADD, National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (MH and DD) Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 18- 20, 2015.

The conference, organized around the theme of integrating treatment and services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, hosted nearly 400 people from the United States and Canada. Hope Services staff presented at one of the thirty workshops on a submitted for publication study on the treatment of autism and co-occurring mental health disorders. Twenty Hope staff attended, largely supported by Hope’s continuing education funding, as well as volunteer opportunities.

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Hope Services Leads the Way in Research to Better Understand Autism

A follow-up to the 2012 report on autism:

In September 2015, Hope’s Mental Health Center presented its updated report to the 10th Congress of the European Society on Mental Health in Intellectual Disability in Firenze, Italy.

The presentation was well-received, and Hope will move forward with new opportunities to collaborate and publicize our findings. Hope’s Mental Health Center looks forward to working with the moderator of our presentation in Firenze, Elspeth Bradley, Ph.D., MD, who was formerly at King’s College, London, and is now at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry. Together, we will create an improved version of our mental health assessment tool for individuals with autism.


In 2012 Hope’s Mental Health Services completed an innovative report on autism, led by Susan Detrick, Ph.D., which focused on effective ways to identify, assess, and treat psychiatric illnesses that impact individuals who also have autism. Clients who were involved in the project have been stabilized or have experienced improvements in their integration in social settings. You can read the original report here.

Autism Article

Hope at Work:
Our business partners are our best advocates

Listen to testimonials from companies including Modwalls, J. Lohr Vineyards, and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.