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We offer a variety of services for people with developmental disabilities, their families,

and the community for residents of San Diego and Imperial counties.

Any resident suspected of having a developmental disability can receive intake services through the San Diego Regional Center.Anyone can recommend a person.suspected developmental disorder. However, a formal request must be made by an adult applicant, parent, guardian or guardian.

  • Imperial County Residents: Apply for services at the Regional Center office in Imperial.

  • San Diego County Residents: Apply at the San Diego Regional Center location.

  • For additional assistance, please contact the Developmental Services AdvocateWebsite.

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During the intake and evaluation phase, evaluations are conducted to determine eligibility for regional center services.

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(IPP)or individual family service plan(IFSP)

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After determining that a person is suitable for regional center services, a written plan is developed. This plan is called an Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children ages 0-3. Both include goals and objectives designed to meet the needs of the client/family.

The primary goal of the San Diego Regional Center is to provide support services that enable the client to live as independently as possible. To accomplish this goal, service coordinators help secure needed services through community agencies, referrals, and/or purchases.

Purchase of Services

community work

During the development of the IPP/IFSP, the planning team will review any available community supports and may purchase necessary services that are not available through other organizations.

These include:Adult day programs, behavioral training, independent living services, children's programs and services, licensed residential housing (parental reimbursement fees may be required for minors), retirement services, supported employment, supported living services, transportation to work/day program

SDRC's Community Services team provides public information, community education, and develops necessary resources.

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children's services

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Initial support is based on the needs of the child.

Services may include:Assistive technology, audiology, family training/counseling, medical services, nursing services, nutrition services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health services, social work/service coordination, speech and language, transportation, vision services

From 3 years to adults:

Behavioral intervention training, dental services (under special circumstances), medical services (under special circumstances), nutritional services, nursing services, psychological services, inpatient services (parent fees may be required), respite, job coordination/ social service, transportation (in special circumstances)

adult services

A person-centered planning approach is used to make decisions about where a person with a developmental disability will live and what types of services and supports will be needed.

With person-centered planning, everyone who uses

Regional center services have a planning team that includes the person using the services, family members, regional center staff, and anyone else the person requests to be there.

The team comes together to guarantee services

People are supported in deciding where to live, how and with whom to spend the day, and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Check with the Development Department

services and initiativeswebsite for more information.

California Early Start Program

California Early Start is a program funded by the federal government through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The program is designed to ensure that eligible infants and toddlers and their families receive an assessment and assessment of their current functioning and coordinated services early enough to make a difference in their development.

Early intervention services are designed and implemented to prevent or reduce the need for special services later in a child's life. The goal is to answer questions and concerns about each child's development and ensure that infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) reach their full potential.

Early intervention involves recognizing delays and risk factors in a timely manner and providing assistance to eliminate or minimize resulting problems. These services are designed to meet the developmental needs of each eligible infant or toddler and the developmental needs of the family. Services include medical diagnosis/evaluation; physical, occupational and speech therapy; special education classes; Social services, counseling and home visits.

The San Diego Regional Center provides service coordination and assessments to determine appropriateness and development of an Individualized Family Care Plan (IFSP). The IFSP is a family-centered, outcomes-based plan written to address the developmental needs of the infant/toddler and the concerns of the family.


  • Early Detection and Intervention Systems in California (Full Report)– the support system needed to identify and address problems and delays in development and behaviour.

  • Early Detection and Intervention Systems in California (Summary)– Across the country, there is increasing recognition of the importance of healthy child development in promoting school readiness and, therefore, social and economic success in old age.

  • Wait a minute... Relationships Matter– Social and emotional development affects relationships and the ability to express feelings and explore the world.

  • Early Start Transition: A Guide for Parents

  • Early Start Transition: A Guide for Parents (Spanish)

  • Special Education for Preschoolers (English)

  • Special Education for Preschoolers (Spanish)

  • Learn the characters. Act Early - CDC-NUE

  • early start facts-NUE

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service coordination

birth to three

A service coordinator will be assigned to work with the child and family at the time they are referred for evaluation and assessment. They serve as the primary point of contact to coordinate services and provide support to children and families. The service coordinator is responsible for planning the development of the Individualized Family Care Plan (IFSP) and reviewing it with the family and service providers every six months. As the child approaches the third birthday, the service coordinator will work with the IFSP team to develop a plan to transition from Early Start to needed services by age 3.

More than three years

A service coordinator (also called a case manager, social worker, or client program coordinator) is assigned to each San Diego Regional Center client. The service coordinator coordinates all regional center services and answers all questions and inquiries. Regional center services are individual and based on your needs. Service coordinators help families find solutions to these specific needs.

Service coordinators also advocate for clients' rights. Advocacy has many definitions, but it certainly requires an understanding and knowledge of the rights of all citizens, the ability to promote and support the implementation of those rights in any setting, and the willingness to intervene appropriately when necessary.

Service Coordinators meet in person at least once a year with clients assigned to their caseload to develop the Individualized Program Plan (IPP). The IPP meeting provides an opportunity for the client and/or family to discuss concerns, future plans, and needs. The IPP can be revised/updated at any time, but MUST be updated annually.

The service coordinator works collaboratively with the client and/or family to plan for the client's needs. If you have questions about your service coordinator, please contact the program manager for that unit and express your concerns. You may request the assignment of another service coordinator.

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Clinical Services

The Clinical Services Department provides interdisciplinary counseling to clients, families, SDRC staff, service providers, and San Diego/Imperial County communities.

The clinical service team is comprised of the departments of psychology, medicine, nursing, behavior, and nutrition. They mediate with contracted service providers in the areas of speech/language, pharmacology, oral health, genetics, as well as physical and occupational therapy.

The clinical service team ensures continuity in service planning

throughout the customer's lifetime. These services are

identified by the IPP/IFSP procedure. clients and families

you can contact the service coordinator to discuss needs

Services and Support.

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In October 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the Self-Empowerment Act, which will give consumers and their families more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them achieve their individual program goals. . . This website is designed to allow stakeholders to track progress and learn more about self-determination as the program approaches implementation.

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SDRC Paid Internship Program

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What is the paid internship program?

Section 4870 was added to the Welfare and Institutions Code to promote Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goals of this program include gaining the experience and skills necessary for future paid employment, usually in the same career field or industry. Internships can be traditional or take the form of an apprenticeship, including self-employment. The funds made available for the internship are used for remuneration (minimum wage or higher) and for the respective non-salary labor costs. The internship may not exceed 1,040 hours per year for each person released on probation. Internships are based on the person centered planning process. A consumer may participate in more than one paid internship, as determined by the IPP process.

Who is eligible?

Any fit client of the San Diego Regional Center (over the age of 18) who expresses a desire to work. Clients must also be able to travel independently or have reliable transportation (ADA Paratransit, Uber/Lyft, family member, etc.).

Regional centers can now offer paid internships to transitioning students ages 18-22 while maintaining their eligibility for school service. This must be determined by the IEP and IPP planning teams.

How it works?

Through the IPP team meeting, the client expresses a willingness to work and ideally demonstrates motivation to obtain competitive integrated employment.

The IPP team is to identify:

a) Purpose of the internship (learning appropriate work-related tasks and/or communication skills, practical work experience for CV development, acquisition of skills in a chosen profession or preparation for starting a business).

b) An approved agency/provider facilitating internship placement and ongoing support.

c) Number of practical hours and completion date.

d) IPP Objectives or IPP Addendum (one for paid internships, one for ongoing agency support).

e) SDRC employs an FMS/co-employer agency to manage internship funds and pay interns' salaries. They also handle all associated salary costs, workers' compensation, and provide annual internship data to the SDRC.


The FMS provider varies depending on the agency used for job training/support.

Using an FMS/co-employer has many benefits, most notably to prevent the actual employer or our supplier from becoming the 'Employer of Record'; However, other forms and documents must be completed in advance, most of which must be signed by the participant/client.

Contact for more informationPablo Quinonesowendy learns, Ressourcenkoordinatoren (Community Services).

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