If you have a developmental concern about yourself, your child, or a family member, the Intake Department will be your first contact at Westside Regional Center. Our goal is to make this experience positive for you and your family.
People reach out to us for many reasons. The individual may be referred by the school, medical staff, a friend, or be self-referred. Intakes may occur at any age, though the developmental issue must have started prior to the age of 18. The intake process is a FREE service, which is provided to all regardless of citizenship status.
The Early Start Program, for children birth to three years old, will require a series of contacts to help assess your child. Your story is important to us, as you know your child best. Your observations are part of the assessment process. Several professionals will be contacting you to gain more information and perform assessments on your child to better understand their needs.
The Lanterman Program is for individuals over the age of three. We will ask you to complete the intake interview and a psychological assessment.
The intake process is a team effort and all participants, including the family members, are encouraged to respond to phone calls and emails in a timely manner. The regional centers must complete the intake process within 45 days for infants and toddlers under three. For individuals over the age of three and adults, the process must be completed within 120 days. Once the assessments are done, an eligibility team will review all the information. You will be notified of the eligibility decision by your assigned intake counselor.
To start the intake process, please submit an online application. Try to submit as many documents as you can to help us better understand the developmental needs of the individual applying for services. These documents may include the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from schools, medical documents, and other records. Collecting of these records can be an ongoing process during the intake. We also know that for young children this may be the first assessment and you may not have any prior records. And that is fine. Once you complete the application and attach as many documents as you can, please do not forget to sign the consent. It will allow us to move forward with assessments and evaluations.