Regional Center

The North Los Angeles County Regional Center is one of twenty-one Regional Centers throughout California, mandated through the Lanterman Act to serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Each Regional Center is a private, non-profit corporation that is contracted and governed through the Department of Developmental Services.

Regional Centers provide diagnosis and assessment of eligibility. They help plan, access, coordinate and monitor the services and supports that are needed for individuals with a developmental disability. There is no charge for the diagnosis and eligibility assessment.

Who is eligible for Regional Center Services?

A person is eligible for Regional Center services if they have a “developmental disability,” which is a disbaility that originates before the age of 18 and will likely continue indefinitely. The disability must constitute a “substantial disabiliuty for that individual. Developmental disability includes mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and disabling conditions similar to mental retardation that require similar treatment. Not included are disabling conditions that are solely physical or psychiatric in nature, or solely a learning disability.

Infants and toddlers, 0-3 years of age, may be eligible if they:

  1. Have significant developmental delay
  2. Have an established risk condition with high probability of leading to significant developmental delay
  3. Have high risk of developmental disability due to a combination of bio-medical risk factors

Once eligibility is determined, a case manager or service  coordinator is assigned to help develop a plan for services, tell you where services are available, and help you get the services. Most services and supports are free regardless of income.

How do I apply for services?

To apply for Regional Center services, parents, a guardian, a conservator, or a person with a developmental disability who is over 18 may begin by calling the Regional Center Intake Coordinator. Upon initial phone contact, the Intake Coordinator will ask the caller a series of questions regarding potential eligibility. The initial phone call will be followed with a packet of information and forms, which will need to be completed by the caller and returned to the Regional Center.

For more information, please call the Regional Center Intake Department at (818) 778-4400 to start the application process.

 

North Los Angeles County Regional Center | 43210 Gingham Ave, #6 | Lancaster, CA 93535 | (661) 945-6761 | Fax: (661) 942-4050

 

The Regional Center has put together a list of useful and informative websites:

WebsiteDescriptionVisit Site
North LA County Regional CenterFor the latest information from regional center, sign up for email updates.NLACRC
Department of Developmental ServicesDDS has many publications as well as other valuable resources.DDS
CA Department of EducationCheck out the Special Education page of the CDE website.CDE
CalStatCalStat is a special project of the CDE that has a helpful Transition to Adult Living Resource Guide.CalStat
National Dissemination Center for Children with DisabilitiesThis website has several articles about the transition process and other helpful resources.NICHCY
WrightslawThis website contains several informative articles about the IEP process.Wrightslaw
Disability RightsThis website has the Special Education Rights and Responsibilities Guide and other helpful resources.Disability Rights