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Residency Requirements

Any person living within the SCLARC catchment area of Compton, San Antonio, South, Southeast or Southwest Health Districts of the County of Los Angeles is eligible to apply to SCLARC for initial intake, diagnostic and counseling services for themselves or another person for whom they are legally responsible. These services are available regardless of religion, ethnic origin, sex, degree of disability or the applicant’s ability to pay.

  • Income is not a factor for eligibility.
  • There is no charge for diagnosis and assessment for eligibility.
  • Services are provided for free.
  • Services are provided regardless of citizenship or residency status – consumers can receive services even if they are undocumented.

Who is Eligible for Regional Center Services?

To be eligible for services, the disability must begin before your 18th birthday, be expected to continue indefinitely and present a significant disability. Also, the disability must be due to one of the following conditions:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Disabling conditions closely related to intellectual disability or require similar treatment
  • Infants and toddlers (age 0 to 36 months) who are at risk of becoming developmentally disabled or who have a developmental delay may also qualify for services
  • Individuals at risk of having a child with a developmental disability may be eligible for referral for genetic diagnosis, counseling and other prevention services

Developmental disability does not include other disabling conditions that are solely physical in nature.

What Is a Developmental Disability?

In determining if an applicant meets the definition of a developmental disability, the regional center may consider evaluations and tests including, but not limited to, intelligence tests, adaptive functioning tests, neurological and neuropsychological tests, diagnostic tests performed by physicians, psychiatric tests, and other tests or evaluations that are available from other sources.

Per Section 4643 of the Lanterman Developmental Services Act, the assessment shall be performed within 120 days following initial intake. Also, assessment is performed within 60 days following the initial intake where any delay would expose the applicant to unnecessary risk to their health and safety or would cause significant further delay in mental or physical development, or the applicant would be at imminent risk of placement in a more restrictive environment.

For more information contact (213) 744-8872

Lanterman Eligibility (3-years-old & Above)

A developmental disability is a condition that originates before an individual reaches the age of 18, continues, or is expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for that individual. Specifically, persons who have been diagnosed as having intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism may be eligible to receive SCLARC services. Individuals, who have disabling conditions closely related to intellectual disability, or requiring similar treatment, may also be eligible for regional center services. People with other handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature; solely a learning disability or solely psychiatric in nature are not eligible to receive services from SCLARC.

The intake process

During the initial appointment, the Intake Coordinator will provide an overview of the Regional Center and its services. The coordinator will ask a series of questions and if necessary, assist the individual with arranging appointments for assessments to determine eligibility. These assessments may include-but are not limited to psychological, medical and/or developmental evaluations. The assessment information is reviewed and eligibility determined by a team of professionals including a psychologist, physician, assessment specialist and program manager. For children between birth and 3 years of age, eligibility is determined within 45 days following the initial intake meeting. For persons age three and older, eligibility is determined within 120 days.

  • If you think a person may be eligible for services, call SCLARC at (213) 744-7000 and ask for “Intake”. Please call first, do not walk in.
  • Indicate the age of the person being referred:
    • Birth to 3 – Early Start eligibility (Early Start/PRRS Intake)
    • 3 and above – Lanterman eligibility (Regular Intake)
  • An Intake Assistant completes an initial telephone screening and determines whether the applicant’s inquiry is appropriate for regional center services,
    • If the Intake Assistant determines that the applicant is clearly not eligible for regional center services, then the applicant is referred to another generic agency, when appropriate.
    • If the Intake Assistant determines that the applicant is suspected of having a developmental disability at the time of the initial telephone screening, then the Intake Assistant makes an appointment with an Intake Service Coordinator for a face-to-face psycho-social assessment. Early Start may schedule an in-home visit if needed.
  • Bring, or have ready, any documentation that indicates why the person may meet eligibility criteria, i.e. medical records, psychological/ psychiatric evaluations, school records (IEP’s, report cards, etc.).
  • Births to age 3 cases are reviewed by the Early Start Eligibility Team which generally takes 45 days to complete.
  • The intake process for ages 3 and older generally takes 45-120 days to complete.

The assessment process

  • Within 15 days of initial request for screening, an Intake Service Coordinator (SC) will interview the potential client and family and complete a psycho-social assessment.
  • Other clinicians, such as a psychologist, physician, OT/PT, or others may also assess the prospective client if needed.
  • In some cases, the Intake Service Coordinator (SC) may observe the individual in the community or in school, to ensure an accurate assessment.
  • In determining if an applicant meets the definition of a developmental disability, the regional center may consider evaluations and tests including, but not limited to, intelligence tests, adaptive functioning tests, neurological and neuropsychological tests, diagnostic tests performed by physicians, psychiatric tests, and other tests or evaluations that are available from other sources.
  • Per Section 4643 of the Lanterman Developmental Services Act, the assessment shall be performed within 120 days following initial intake. Also, assessment is performed within 60 days following the initial intake where any delay would expose the applicant to unnecessary risk to their health and safety or would cause significant further delay in mental or physical development, or the applicant would be at imminent risk of placement in a more restrictive environment.

A multidisciplinary team meets to review all gathered information.

  • Finally a multidisciplinary team, comprised of clinicians, managers, and the Intake SC, make a determination regarding eligibility.
    • o If the applicant is not eligible, appropriate community referrals and recommendations are made to appropriate alternative resources in the community and our appeal procedures explained.
    • o If the applicant is found eligible, a meeting is held with all concerned parties to develop a Person Centered Plan. The regional center uses a planning process called the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), for children age 0 to 36 months, or an Individual Program Plan (IPP) for consumers 3 years of age and older.

The IFSP or IPP is prepared by the parents of a minor child, a guardian or conservator (if any), and anyone else you invite to be with you, including the regional center staff.It lists your goals and the services needed to reach these goals. It also lists who will provide the services and who will pay for them. All services listed in the IPP will be provided either by a generic or natural resource, a regional center vendor (a business approved by the regional center) or directly by the regional center itself.