Regional Centers
Information About Regional Centers

Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that
contract with the Department of Developmental Services to
provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals
with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout
California to provide a local resource to help find and access
the many services available to individuals and their families.

Click here for a directory of the 21 Regional Centers.

Services Provided By Regional Centers
Regional centers provide diagnosis and assessment of eligibility and help plan, access, coordinate and
monitor the services and supports that are needed because of a developmental disability. There is no
charge for the diagnosis and eligibility assessment.

Once eligibility is determined, a case manager or service coordinator is assigned to help develop a
plan for services, tell you where services are available, and help you get the services. Most services
and supports are free regardless of age or income.

There is a requirement for parents to share the cost of 24-hour out-of-home placements for children
under age 18. This share depends on the parents' ability to pay. For further information, see
Parental Fee Program. There may also be a co-payment requirement for other selected services. For
further information, see Family Cost Participation Program.

Some of the services and supports provided by the regional centers include:

    * Information and referral
    * Assessment and diagnosis
    * Counseling
    * Lifelong individualized planning and service coordination
    * Purchase of necessary services included in the individual program plan
    * Resource development
    * Outreach
    * Assistance in finding and using community and other resources
    * Advocacy for the protection of legal, civil and service rights
    * Early intervention services for at risk infants and their families
    * Genetic counseling
    * Family support
    * Planning, placement, and monitoring for 24-hour out-of-home care
    * Training and educational opportunities for individuals and families
    * Community education about developmental disabilities
and crisis