Traditional Services and Supports for
Individuals 18 and Above
Adults with developmental disabilities, regardless of the degree of the disability, have the right to live in homes of their choice, participate in employment or programs of their choice, and the ability to participate in community integrated activities and events within their own community. They have the right to receive services and supports that will ensure and enhance their success with becoming and maintaining independence and integration into the larger community.
SCLARC made the decision to divide the Department of Children Adult Services into two specializations: School Aged Individuals (ages 3-21 years) and Adult Individuals (ages 22 years and older). SCLARC is currently working on a Specialization Plan with a goal of completing the plan during our current Fiscal Year 2021-2022. The plan includes creating new specialization units, assigning Service Coordinators to their identified specialization, and transferring case files to the appropriate specialization area.
SCLARC services ages 18 and above include but are not limited to:
- Case Management
- Supported Living Services
- Independent Living Services
- Residential Services
- Day Programs
- Employment Programs
- Personal Assistance/Community Integration
- Advocacy Groups
- Crisis Response
- Services and Supports for Ages 18 and Above (English)
- Services and Supports for Ages 18 and Above (Spanish)
- To see the list of services provided by Regional Centers in the Department of Developmental Services website, click here.
Day and Community Integrated Programs
Up to the age of 22, people have the right to attend public school. Adult Day Program Services are usually provided after age 22.
These programs require sustained support and direction in developing the ability to interact with others, to make their needs known, and to respond to instructions. It is usually a five day per week program.
They focus on the development and maintenance of the functional skills required for:
- Community Integration
- Independent Living
Employment Programs provide support to young adults and adults who are interested in competitive employment.
Respite services are designed to assist family members of those receiving services from SCLARC by intermittently relieving caregivers of the continuous responsibility of care for their loved ones with special needs. Individuals or Home Health Agencies may provide respite care with the appropriate credentials.
Transportation can be funded in those situations where a person receiving services from SCLARC cannot use public transportation independently, and the family is unable to transport them to an appropriate program.
Transportation may not be provided or purchased when it is the responsibility of another generic agency, such as the public schools.
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center provides many forms of assistance to families of our consumers including:
- Organizing parent/sibling support group sessions that focus on resources and strategies for building empowerment and advocacy skills as well as managing day-to-day life with a child who has a disability.
- Informing and educating existing parent groups and support groups on advocacy and leadership organizations for parent groups throughout the area.
- Training and information sessions that will educate and empower stakeholders and their families as it relates to their diagnoses, available services and other community resources.
- Peer to Peer Support
Workshops and Events
To provide additional support to the families we serve, SCLARC offers workshops and events that parents can attend to help support them and their loved one’s needs. Visit our calendar page to view upcoming workshops and events.
Specialized Services Unit (SSU)
In July of 2003, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center created the Specialized Services Unit, which is housed within SCLARC’s Consumer and Program Services Department. The Unit was established to respond to a variety of consumer needs and is made up of a variety of components including:
- Case Management for judicially involved consumers
- Consumers who are placed in Developmental Centers (DC)
- Consumers who have transitioned from Developmental Centers, Psychiatric Institutions, and Jail to the community. Additionally, the Deflection Coordinator facilitates interventions to deflect or prevent consumers from incarceration or DC placement
The SSU Unit has a Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL), who is housed at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. The LEL is responsible for providing preliminary assessments of inmates suspected of being developmentally disabled, on behalf of the seven Los Angeles County Regional Centers. The LEL refers eligible and active individuals to the appropriate Regional Center to complete the intake process or provide further case management services. The LEL also participates in the intake process by completing the psychosocial assessment and attending core staffing when determining eligibility.
Case Transfer Information
Regional Centers service specific catchment areas. When an individual served by the regional center moves into another regional center’s catchment area, the case should be transferred to the regional center serving the area. Therefore, if you recently moved into or out of SCLARC’s catchment area you should contact the assigned Service Coordinator and request the case to be transferred to the appropriate regional center. To see a list of the zip codes in SCLARC’s catchment area, please visit our SCLARC Community page. If you have questions with regards to the status of any case transfer please contact our Case Transfer Department by phone (213) 744-8840 or by email Transfers@sclarc.org
Helping You Live Life Independently
The Lanterman Act requires regional centers to utilize generic resources that are available to the general community and the individuals we serve. Generic Resources are those services typically funded by a government entity, complete with a set of eligibility criteria and regulations of their own. Generic resources may include the school districts, Social Security Administration, Housing Authority, California Children’s Services, Medical, Medicare, community colleges; literacy services; and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.