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.
If you think a person may be eligible for services, call SCLARC at (213) 744-7000 and ask for “Intake”.
Indicate the age of the person being referred.
Birth to 3 – Early Start/PRRS Intake
3 and above – Regular Intake
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.