The Commission on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities was created by P.L. 78-
1994. The Commission is charged with the responsibility of developing a long-range plan for
community-based services. A second responsibility is to review, make recommendations, and
monitor changes regarding services to the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled
population. P.L. 245-1997 amended the original legislation and extended the life of the
Commission to January 1, 2001.