intake process

How Do You Receive Regional Center Services?

  • A person can qualify for services at any age, however, the person must be diagnosed with an intellectual and/or a developmental disability before the age of 18.
  • Regional centers do not provide support to persons who are only diagnosed with a mental illness (i.e. depression, schizophrenia), have a learning disability (i.e. dyslexia, auditory processing disorder), are only deaf or blind, or only have a speech disorder.
  • The primary diagnosis must be an intellectual and/or developmental disability. A person can be found eligible who is dually diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability as well as other disabilities described above.
  • However, if you feel someone is delayed, and are unsure if they would qualify for SCLARC services, please refer them for an assessment.

Regional Center Eligibility

  • Income is not a factor for eligibility.
  • Services are provided for free.
  • Services are provided regardless of citizenship or residency status – consumers can receive services if they are undocumented.

Intake Process

  • If you would like to determine if your loved one is eligible for services or to make a referral to Early Start Intake, contact:
    Phone: (213) 744-8807, (213) 744-8809, (213) 744-7068
    Fax: (213) 947-4115
  • For ages 3 and above, contact Lanterman Intake at:
    Phone: (213) 744-8880 or (213) 744-8872
    Fax: (213) 559-0612
  • Intake Worker completes an initial telephone screening and schedules an appointment for an office visit if needed. Early Start may schedule an in-home visit if needed.
  • Please call first, do not walk in.
  • Helpful to bring 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.)
  • Intake Service Coordinator (SC) will interview the potential client and family and complete a psycho-social assessment within 15 days of initial request for screening.
  • Other clinicians, such as a psychologist, physician, OT/PT, or others may also assess the prospective client if needed.
  • In some cases, Intake may observe the individual in the community, i.e. in school, to ensure an accurate assessment.
  • Finally a “Core Staffing Team” comprised of clinicians, managers, and the Intake SC will make a determination regarding eligibility.
  • For those not found eligible, referrals will be made to appropriate alternative resources in the community.
  • The intake process for ages 3 and older generally takes 45-120 days to complete.
  • Birth to three cases are reviewed by the Early Start Eligibility Team which generally takes 45 days to complete.