The following are services and supports provided by Westside Regional Center (WRC). Individuals may be eligible for services based upon need related to the nature of the qualifying developmental disability as identified and agreed to by WRC’s interdisciplinary planning team. This is not a complete listing. Other needs identified by assessment may identify other services. Services must be requested through the Individual Program Plan (IPP) process. Please contact your service coordinator to discuss access to services.
Generic resources, private resources and/or natural supports must be explored prior to WRC funding.
WRC has a crisis response team to support individuals who are experiencing serious emotional or behavioral concerns. We recommend exploring on-going support and wellness checks before concerns escalate.
Parents and caregivers can receive periodic assistance with the constant care and supervision of children and young adults receiving WRC services to relieve family stress or cope with family emergencies.
Day Care Supports (also known as Specialized Supervision)
Parents who are working or in school full-time may be eligible for assistance to provide supervision primarily during after-school hours and/or during school breaks.
These classes are for parents and caregivers to learn techniques for developing and implementing positive behavior strategies. Classes may be offered at WRC.
Behavior Intervention Services***
Services are provided by specialists who offer training and instruction to assist families, individuals, and caregivers in developing positive strategies and techniques to manage behaviors. For those families with private insurance and Medi-Cal Managed Care, funding of behavior services will be based on current state/federal laws and regulations (see service coordinator for further funding details). Parent/caregiver participation is required.
Behavior Intervention Co-Pay, Co-Insurance, and Deductibles
If your family member receives behavior intervention funded by insurance, WRC is able to assist with insurance co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles should your family meet income requirements (Welfare & Institutions Code 4659.1).
These time-limited classes help to improve interpersonal skills, social interactions and pragmatic language. Parent/caregiver participation is required.
Referrals can be made to assist individuals with securing supplies available through Medi-Cal, private insurance or through WRC funding when no other generic source is available.
Families can access medically necessary equipment through referrals to Medi-Cal, private insurance, or other generic sources such as California Children Services (CCS). WRC, as payer of last resort, may provide funding for equipment needs as determined through consultation with WRC specialists.
Written Translations and Interpretations
WRC offers written translation services for Individual Program Plans (IPPs) when the family’s primary language is not English. Interpretation services for IPP or service planning/review meetings are also available.
Referrals to community agencies, events, and other generic resources are also available through your Service Coordinator and the Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center.
***Please note that current legislation and regulation may require families to access their private insurance or managed care plan within Medi-Cal to obtain funding for these services. Your service coordinator will inform you about this process and will provide support as needed to obtain these insurance/managed care benefits.
Resources for Parents & Family Members
Understanding the Diagnosis: A Guide for Families
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
Receiving a diagnosis of a developmental disability comes with a lot of information, paperwork, appointments, changes, and feelings. You may have many questions regarding developmental disabilities. As you look for answers, you will encounter information about the various conditions, their causes, and possible treatments. All of this information may make it challenging to organize options and begin to choose a treatment plan that best fits your family.
It is natural to want to identify the single root cause of the diagnosis. Many families may battle with feelings of guilt and/or shame. Please understand that these diagnoses are complex and there may not be a single factor that has been identified as the cause. Know that families and caregivers can be strong advocates and have high expectations of a person/family member with the disability.
Westside Regional Center anticipates supporting you and your family as you proceed from the initial diagnosis to ongoing support services. You are not alone in this process. For additional information about diagnosis, you may contact your service coordinator, WRC’s Staff Psychologist, Kaely Shilakes, Psy.D at 310-258-4157, or click on the following documents below:
Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (WFREC) staff are experienced parents and family members of individuals with special needs who are trained to provide emotional and informational support to families who have a child or young adult with a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs. WFREC also provides information and support for professionals and teachers working with people who have disabilities and offer a variety of support groups, trainings, community resources and referrals to valuable generic resources. For more information, please call (310) 258-4063 or visit www.wfrec.org.
Self-advocacy groups strive to empower individuals to become active and influential members of their communities, as well as agents of change concerning their rights and wishes. At self-advocacy meetings, personal rights are discussed and individuals have an opportunity to share their experiences and concerns. Group members learn from each other and gain confidence to stand up for themselves. There are several active self-advocacy groups in the WRC area. Meetings offer a great opportunity for members to make new friends and maintain lasting friendships. Attendance at self-advocacy meetings is encouraged for all individuals served by WRC. Click here for more information.
Education Support Services (ESS)
ESS supports school-age clients (3 years – 22 years) with special needs in their pursuit of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in their communities. ESS can review IEP documents and assessment reports, attend IEP meetings and/or observe the student in their school setting. Parents may contact ESS directly or referrals to ESS may be made through their WRC Service Coordinator or other professional.
The ESS staff provides information and strategies to assist parents to become stronger advocates at their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting with their school district. English and Spanish speaking families are welcomed! Call the Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center at (310) 258-4063 to RSVP. Limited childcare is available.
Meeting Times: 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at WRC
Annual Transition from High School to Adulthood Saturday Series
This Saturday Series is for parents/ guardians and transition age students (ages 14-22) who are preparing for life after high school. You’ll hear from experts, professionals and partner agencies regarding transition support, postsecondary education and training, employment, medical and mental health services, regional center services and supports for adults, information on community resources and more!
Contact your Service Coordinator or the Community Education and Training Specialist at (310) 258-4209 to find out when the next one takes place.
Westside Regional Center (WRC) sponsors trainings, conferences, workshops and events for parents, individuals we serve, service providers and other professionals within our community. The “Training and Events” bulletin is published in advance, on a bi-monthly basis and is available in English and Spanish. Printed copies are available in the reception area, the Family Resource and Empowerment Center or by clicking here.
Trainings and Conferences: In the Community
WRC encourages individuals with disabilities and family members to be empowered and informed through participation in trainings and conferences offered within the special needs community.
WRC may fund for tuition or conference registration fees up to a maximum of $300 for trainings and/or conferences per year. For adults receiving WRC services, funding may include lodging and/or transportation costs when authorized. Funding for parents or caregivers does not cover the cost of lodging or transportation. Check with your service coordinator or the WFREC to inquire about training and conference opportunities.
This section of the WRC website contains helpful publications, videos and website links to services in the community that cover topics such as:
WRC is open but we will be working remotely until April 30. We have set up a remote reception number for you to call in case you have questions or if you are unsure of who you need to speak with. The phone number is 310-258-4001.Click here for more information and resources.