Fairview Developmental Center
Fairview Developmental Center is one of five
state-operated developmental centers operated by the Department
of Developmental Services. Fairview is a multi-service residential
facility licensed by the California Department of Public Health
to provide acute, skilled, and intermediate care to individuals
with developmental disabilities who need 24-hour health care
supervision, a structured environment, and a habilitation
program not currently available in their home community. Services
include training in daily living, vocational, leisure, academic,
communication, mobility, socialization, and community skills.
Services are provided both on campus and in community settings.
History: Fairview Developmental Center is the
newest of the state's five developmental centers officially
opening on January 5, 1959. It is located in Costa Mesa, California,
a city that is the cultural and commercial center of Orange
County. Originally occupying 752 acres, Fairview had an initial
bed capacity of 2,622 and was intended to house some 4,125
residents. The actual population peaked in 1967 at 2,700 and
much of the original land was transferred in 1979 to the city
of Costa Mesa. The population on August 26, 2009 was 478.
Fairview employs a staff of approximately 1,500.
The beautiful park-like campus is surrounded on three sides
by a 36-hole golf course built on land that was sold to the
city. Facilities include a swimming pool, work activity center,
auditorium, park, small animal farm, recreational campsite,
Philosophy: All people have value as human
beings and as members of the human family. People do not lose
their inherent value simply because of a disability. The people
who live at Fairview have strengths and weaknesses like the
rest of us. They need opportunities to grow, express themselves,
and succeed. At Fairview we strive to empower the individuals
who live here to be more self-reliant and less dependent.
State of California Fairview Web Site.
Fairview Developmental Center, 2501 Harbor
Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626