early start services


Genetic Services

Any woman residing within SCLARC’s service area is eligible for prenatal diagnostic procedures. This is advised when a mother is 35 years of age or older by the time of delivery, has previous children with a chromosomal abnormality, is a carrier of a genetic disorder or parents are carriers of a recessive genetic disorder which is prenatally diagnosable. Any consumer with a suspected genetic disorder should be referred for a genetic evaluation.

Infant Development Program

SCLARC funds development programs for infants 0-3 years of age with a diagnosis of developmental delays, or those at-risk for developmental disabilities based upon recent assessment of the consumer status. Infants who are medically eligible for California Children’s Services (CCS) should be referred to the nearest Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) for an occupational therapy or physical therapy program. Services may be supplemented, but not duplicated.

Infants who are medically fragile or very young may be referred to in-home programs. Older infants, or those who may benefit from pure interaction, socialization and language stimulation, may be referred to center-based programs. In-home programs are usually authorized one to two times per week, one hour each session. A center-based program varies from 2-3 times per week and ranges from 2.5 hours to 3 hours per day. Services are based upon the individual needs as documented in the IFSP.

Perinatal Services

Perinatal Support Services are an essential component of SCLARC. These services provided by vendored programs, assist in meeting the perinatal needs of the developmentally disabled consumer such as obtaining Medi-Cal, health insurance coverage, routine and special perinatal health care, birth and parenting skill training, and financial assistance such as SSI. SCLARC’s nurse consultant will monitor pregnant consumers to assure perinatal services are being delivered.

Behavior Intervention

SCLARC may provide in-home behavior intervention services in certain high priority cases. High priority cases include those in which a consumer is a danger to himself or others and/or when the consumer’s behavior jeopardizes his or her continuation in a day program or school. Behavior intervention is goal oriented and generally short-term. SCLARC also provides group training whereby several families can learn behavior techniques to be applied at home.