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Office of Regulations Development

California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, Mail Station 8-4-192
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 654-3286
E-mail: ord@dss.ca.gov

The Office of Regulations Development (ORD) website includes the CDSS’ Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) by subject. To access the MPP, click on the appropriate tab at the top of the page, click on the desired program from the menu, and scroll down to the desired chapter. The "Other Manuals" tab continues the following programs: Child Welfare Services, Adult Services, Operations, Adult Protective Services, Fiscal Management, and Statistical Reports.

The tabs at the top of the page, the menu items that appear when you mouse over or click one of those tabs, and the links on the left navigation bar, were created to make it easier for you to find information. The links for Manual Letters, Regulation Changes in Process/Completed Regulations, and CDSS Websites and Other Links are accessible through the navigation bar.

Our Mission
To ensure the appropriate processing of regulations in accordance with the requirements of the California Administrative Procedures Act. Provide access to regulatory information to California citizens and businesses. Facilitate public participation in the Rulemaking process. 

The Office of Regulations Development does not provide advance notification letters regarding regulation activities. Please check our website for the latest regulatory information.

Please Note: All of the Manual Letters and Regulations that CDSS publishes are available electronically on this website for public use. The Office of Regulations Development does not mail out or provide paper copies of Manual Letters and Regulations.

Any information regarding licensing of Community Care facilities such as child care centers etc. can be found at: Community Care Licensing web site.

For information about obtaining the CCR in print, please contact the State’s official publisher, Barclays Official California Code of Regulations at (800) 888-3600 or visit Barclays website.

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