The following are services and supports provided by Westside Regional Center (WRC). Clients may be eligible for services based upon need related to the nature of the qualifying developmental disability as identified and agreed to by the 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 Family Service Program Plan (IFSP) 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.
Your child has recently entered the Westside Regional Center’s (WRC) Early Start Program. We are sure that you have many questions and concerns about what to do next and what and when services are most important for your infant or toddler. Early Start Services are listed below with a brief explanation of each support.
An Early Start Service Coordinator (SC) will be assigned to you to develop annual and semi-annual Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and assist with arranging appropriate services.
Each baby/toddler receives a developmental assessment by a specialist to identify developmental progress and intervention needs. This assessment provides the family and the WRC with developmental information that is used to determine the services and supports that may be needed. As each baby/toddler is unique, the types of services and supports he/she will need will vary.
Occupational Therapy (OT)***
After your child’s developmental assessment is completed, services and supports will be identified to help with any delays found during the assessment. One option through WRC is the referral to licensed and registered Occupational Therapists who have years of experience working with children birth to three years of age. For children with developmental delays or a known physical or mental condition associated with a high probability of delays, occupational therapy can help improve their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills. The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers. Your SC will provide you with referrals of available Occupational Therapists to address your child’s developmental needs. Parent participation is crucial so that the family can utilize the activities to encourage and continue the child’s progress and development.
Physical Therapy (PT)***
After your child’s developmental assessment is completed, services and supports will be identified to help with any delays found during the assessment. One option through WRC is the referral to licensed and registered Physical Therapists who have years of experience working with children birth to three years of age. Physical therapy is for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training. Your SC will provide you with referrals of available Physical Therapists to address your child’s developmental needs. Parent participation is crucial so that the family can utilize the activities to encourage and continue the child’s progress and development.
As your child develops, around the ages of 18-24 months, you may notice delays in speech and language. WRC has a variety of Licensed Speech and Language Pathologists (Speech Therapists) who will assess and develop therapy plans to encourage and increase your child’s speaking and communication ability. Your SC will provide you with referrals of available Speech Therapists to address your child’s developmental needs. Parent participation is crucial so that the family can utilize the activities to encourage and continue the child’s progress and development.
You may find that your child has trouble swallowing, chewing or refuses many foods due to texture. If feeding issues are identified, WRC may refer you to a specialist who can assist you as you work with your child. There are Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists who specialize in Feeding Therapy. Your SC will provide you with referrals of available Feeding Therapists to address your child’s developmental needs. Parent participation is crucial so that the family can utilize the activities to encourage and continue the child’s progress and development.
Infant Development Services
Infant Development Services can be provided at home or in a therapeutic pre-school type setting in which your child receives supports and education to address developmental issues. The in-home service and pre-school type programs have special teachers as well as Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists. Parent observation and participation provide the family with the skills needed to address the child’s developmental needs on an ongoing basis and in any environment.
Parents and caregivers can receive periodic assistance to relieve families of care and supervision of a client. Respite is not intended to provide for all supervised care needs. A child must have a WRC eligible diagnosis of a Developmental Disability (Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy or a condition which requires treatment similar to that by a person with an intellectual disability) in order to qualify for Respite Care.
Day Care Supports (sometimes referred to 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. A child must have a WRC eligible diagnosis of a Developmental Disability (Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy or a condition which requires treatment similar to that by a person with an intellectual disability) in order to qualify for Day Care Supports.
Mentor Family Behavioral Services offers training classes for parents to learn techniques for developing and implementing positive behavior strategies. This program also offers Toilet Training Classes! Classes are held at WRC and participation is required for families seeking further behavior services.
Behavior Intervention (funded if family is exempt from SB 946 insurance requirement or Medi-Cal funding requirement)***
Behavior intervention services are provided by specialists who offer training and instruction to assist families, clients, and caregivers in developing positive strategies and techniques to manage behaviors. Parent/caregiver participation is required!
Behavior Intervention Co-Pay, Co-Insurance and Deductibles
If your family member receives behavior intervention services 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).
Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (WFREC)
Our parent run center offers a variety of support groups, trainings, community resources and referrals to valuable generic resources. For more information, please call310-258-4063 or visit http://wfrec.org/.
Support Groups and Training Opportunities
WRC has a variety of support groups and training opportunities for individuals and families that are offered at our center. Please contact WFREC at 310-258-4063 or visit our website https://www.westsiderc.org/
WRC encourages clients and family members to be empowered and informed through participation in trainings and conferences offered within the special needs community.
For that reason, WRC may fund for tuition or conference registration fees up to a maximum of $300 for ONE training or conference opportunity only ONCE per year. For adult clients, funding may include lodging and/or transportation costs when warranted.
For parents or care givers of clients, funding for tuition and conference registration fees (as referenced above (up to a maximum of $300 for ONE training or conference opportunity ONCE per year) may also be obtained, but funding will not cover the cost of hotels, transportation, or late fees. Check with your SC or WFREC to inquire about training and conference opportunities.
All WRC families will transition out of the Early Start Program by the child’s third birthday. WRC begins the Transition process as early as a child’s second birthday by providing families with information at the IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) meeting. Goals are developed and included in the child’s IFSP and a transition meeting is scheduled with the local school district when a child is 30 months but no later than 33 months. By law, every child in the Early Start Program is to be referred to the Local Education Agency no later than 33 months-of-age for assessments and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to determine if he/she is eligible for Special Educational Services offered by the School District.
Eligibility for Services Under the Lanterman Act
As part of the Early Start Transition Process, evaluations are conducted for children 30 months and older and reviewed by the interdisciplinary team to determine regional center eligibility. If a child has a qualifying developmental disability, he/she is determined eligible for regional center services. The child will transition from the Early Start Program by the 3rd birthday to a WRC Children’s Service Coordinator for ongoing case management. (Qualifying diagnoses under the Lanterman Act are Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy or a condition closely related to Intellectual Disability.)
WRC Educational Support Team
A referral to our educational support team can be made for families who may need assistance with the IEP process and/or accessing appropriate services through the school districts.
Written Translations and Interpretations
Written translation services for IFSPs can be available for clients, parents, and caregivers whose primary language is not English. WRC also offers interpretation services for IFSP or service planning/review meetings.
Referrals can be made to assist families with securing supplies available through Medi-Cal, private insurance, or through WRC funding if no other generic source is available.
If your child needs nursing supports, your SC will assist with a possible referral. Many insurance companies or specialized services, such as EPSDT, provide assistance.
Referrals can be made to assist families in accessing medically necessary equipment through Medi-Cal, private insurance, or other generic sources such as California Children Services (CCS). WRC, as payer of last resort, may also provide funding for equipment needs as determined through consultation with WRC’s Health and Medical staff and/or consultants.
Formulas and Nutritional Supplements
WRC will assist families in exploring generic resources when there is a medical need for formula or nutritional supplements. In the event that all generic resources have been explored and exhausted, WRC will consider purchasing formula or nutritional supplements as the payer of last resort.
Additional Referral and Resource Agencies
211 Services: Provides help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Visit http://www.211.org/ or just dial 2-1-1. They provide information throughout the United States.
First 5 LA: First 5 LA is an early childhood organization that promotes the health and wellbeing of children under 5 years of age. Families can obtain parenting resources and early developmental information. Visit www.first5la.org
Legal Advocacy through Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA): Clients and their families can receive free legal information, advice, and representation through the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA). OCRA is part of Disability Rights of California. A Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) is designated to each regional center to help with legal problems, conduct trainings, and investigate denials of rights. Call (310) 846-4949 and leave a detailed message for assistance.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD): The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is an independent state agency that provides advocacy and other assistance to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities receive the services and supports they need. SCDD regional offices provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families including, but not limited to, advocacy assistance, training, monitoring and public information. By providing these services, regional offices ensure that appropriate laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the rights of individuals are observed and protected. Feel free to contact SCDD with any questions at (866) 802-0514 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org..
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.