An individual is eligible for regional center services if he or she has a developmental disability. Children – from birth to age three – who are experiencing or are at risk for a developmental delay / disability are also eligible, as are individuals believed to have at high risk of parenting a child with a developmental disability.
What Is A Developmental Disability? A developmental disability is defined as a disability that occurs before the age of 18, is substantially disabling for an individual, and is expected to continue indefinitely. Developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism. Also included are disabling conditions closely related to intellectual disability or requiring similar treatment.
Eligibility determinations are made by a team of regional center professionals such as physician, nurse, psychologist, physical therapist, speech therapist, behavior analyst, and assessment counselor.
You are notified of your eligibility by letter within 10 days after the determination is made. Any applicant who is not eligible for ongoing regional center services will be informed of his/her appeal rights and the fair hearing process, and will also be referred to other appropriate resources.
How to apply for regional center services? [Click on the Pod to the right]
You can apply for regional center services by phone or by written request. You will be directed to the Intake Coordinator who will conduct a basic screening to determine if further assessment and diagnostic services are appropriate. Persons with developmental disabilities may apply for services directly or be referred by others.
Intake and Assessment
Intake is the process in which information is gathered to determine eligibility for regional center services. An Assessment Counselor will schedule an initial intake appointment that will be held within 15 working days following your request for assistance. This appointment, which takes place in your home or at the regional center, is a time for you and your family to be given a complete overview of the regional center and its services.
The Assessment Counselor will arrange for any necessary assessments to determine eligibility. For infants and toddlers between birth and age three, assessments regarding eligibility are performed within 45 days following the initial intake appointment. For individuals three years of age and older, assessments are performed within 120 days following the initial intake appointment. Assessments may include psychological, medical, or developmental evaluations and others if necessary.