CAHF Developmental Services 

Providing leadership, advocacy and education to healthcare professionals who
serve the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

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DS Contacts

Contact Jennifer Breen
Assistant Director of Reimbursement


CAHF members are providers of four to 15-bed community-based homes called intermediate care facilities (ICF) that are licensed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). 

There are approximately 1,130 facilities statewide with 14 large ICF/DD facilities, 700 ICF/DD-H (Habilitation) facilities and 416 ICF/DD-N (Nursing) facilities  CAHF represents 486 member-facilities with 98 agency-providers of ICF/IID services.

Program/client overview

Read about the history of California's Developmental Programs

Read about the history of ICF/IID

Membership Benefits

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In California, there is a unique service delivery system for the developmentally disabled. This is your opportunity to shine and share your unique and special programs of quality outcomes with others on a national platform with the AHCA ID/DD Quality Award Program. 

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Barbara Smith

2019 AHCA Hero of the Year Award

Barbara A. Smith, Director of Residential Programs at Valley Village in Winnetka has been named the 2019 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Hero of the Year by the American Health Care Association. 

Barbara has worked at the San Fernando Valley non-profit for 25 years and was responsible for the design and opening of a new adult residential facility for persons with special health care needs, among other achievements.

Congratulations to Barbara Smith!