Am I Eligible?

How do I apply?

​You may be eligible for one of three categories of services.

Overview

Harbor Regional Center provides services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or at risk of developmental disability, children and adults with a diagnosed developmental disability, and pregnant women who are in need of prenatal diagnosis and counseling.

During our intake process, we provide assessment and diagnosis to help determine whether you or your family member may have one of these eligible conditions. 

Services for Infants And Toddlers

If you or your doctor believe that your baby’s development is delayed, help is available at Harbor Regional Center in our Early Start Program. The Early Start Program, provides services and supports for infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months, and their families. The Early Start Program is coordinated in California by regional centers and public school districts.

These babies show a significant difference between the infant or toddler’s level of functioning and the expected level of development for his or her age;

These delays are seen in one or more of the following developmental areas: cognitive, physical (fine motor, gross motor, vision, and hearing), communication, social or emotional, or adaptive.

How will I know if my infant or toddler may have a developmental delay or disability?

Early Start Services at HRC includes referral form for pediatricians, therapists, etc.

Servicios para la primera infancia (Early Start)

Early Start Eligibility Fact Sheet

Reasons For Concern (English)

Motivos de Preocupacion (Spanish)

For more information about services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or at risk of developmental delay or disability, See our post on Early Start Services. 

Services for Children and Adults with a Developmental Disability

If you have been diagnosed with, or if you  believe that you may have a intellectual or developmental disability , you may contact us to apply for regional center services. Developmental disabilities  include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and another condition that is  closely related to intellectual disability or require the same kinds of services.

To qualify for regional center services the condition must have occurred before the age of 18, be likely to continue indefinitely, and constitute a “substantial” disability for the person.

A disability is “substantial” if it affects three or more of seven major life areas (for example, a person’s ability to communicate or to learn).Finally, we provide prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling services to pregnant women who are believed to be at risk of giving birth to a child with a developmental disability.

Prenatal Diagnosis

Finally, we provide prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling services to pregnant women who are believed to be at risk of giving birth to a child with a developmental disability. You may have been referred to the regional center to receive this service if it is not available to you through your health care plan.

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Who is Eligible?

Early Start Services at Harbor Regional Center

Early Start Services at Harbor Regional Center Download this information as a PDF 

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Diagnosis & Assessment

Harbor Regional Center provides free intake and assessment services for individuals who live in the HRC service area, and who are believed to have a developmental disability. The intake or application process is specialized according to whether the age of the applicant is between birth and 36 months, or 3 years and over.

Applicant Information

A Parent Guide to Psychological Assessment