Hillside collaborates with a multitude of local organizations and agencies to enrich residents’ lives.

The majority of residents attend day and employment programs to give them the level of independence and integration each person deserves. Santa Barbara is a community of compassion that welcomes Hillside residents to live rewarding lives each and every day.

In California, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are supported by the Department of Developmental Services, which holds the responsibility for placement, case management, and monitoring of clients in residential placement to the regional centers. Residents of Hillside are referred by the Regional Center System. Locally, Tri-County Regional Center administers the placement of individuals with I/DD within the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

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Providing person and family-centered supports for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community.


Hillside and its community partners promote equal opportunity and independence for all. Unfortunately, this has become difficult due to limited funding. ICF providers in California has experienced devastating budget freezes for the past 13 years, making it extremely difficult to continue fostering the lives of its beneficiaries. In the past six years alone, there has been over $1 billion in budget cuts in California’s Developmental Services System.


Our Tri-County Regional Center and other partners are coming together to advocate for improved funding and citizen rights for people with disabilities. The Lanterman Coalition, made up of the 21 major stakeholders in California’s community-based developmental service system, is gathering family, friends, and self-advocates to rally for a 10% budget increase for our system. To instigate the change, you can attend a hearing at the Capitol, collaborate with local organizations and officials, or simply send your story to your legislator.



The Family & Friends of Hillside is a group of relatives, guardians, and friends of residents who meet regularly throughout the year in support of our services and care. The group exists to:


  • Provide moral support for families and friends of Hillside residents
  • Conduct parties and celebrations for residents and staff
  • Host meetings to discuss current needs and activities
  • Keep an open liaison between staff and families for residents’ needs and changes


Hillside is grateful to have the involvement of friends and family members alike in the daily concerns of our residents. The Group has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Hillside, including support towards the Employee Holiday Fund, a wheelchair charging station, new equipment, and ongoing facility repairs.