Become a Provider

Becoming a Service Provider

Information for applicants interested in becoming a vendored service provider


Harbor Regional Center seeks out service providers who possess the valuable and essential experience, educational background, and critical skills necessary to offer a wide variety of services and supports. 

Service providers must be vendored by Harbor Regional Center (HRC) before they can provide and be reimbursed for services. “Vendorization” is the term used to describe the entire approval process involved in preparing to provide services to individuals served by the regional center. While this process often involves obtaining licenses and/or approval from other state and local agencies prior to becoming a vendor, the first point of contact is HRC’s Resource Development Team. The application process starts here, and we will be your guide throughout the entire process.

Many of the services individuals receive through the regional center are funded through state and federal money from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Therefore, California must comply with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule. This rule sets requirements for HCBS settings, which are places where people live or receive services.

For more information on the HCBS final rule click here.

The first step to become a HRC service provider is to determine if you offer a service that meets the needs of the people served by our agency. We encourage potential service providers to visit our Request for Proposal (RFP) and Letter of Interest (LOI) sections to view HRC’s current development needs and determine whether your service meets the needs, requirements, and qualifications of the posted RFP or LOI. 

While becoming a vendor makes a provider eligible to provide services, it in no way obligates Harbor Regional Center to purchase services from that provider.

Below are some important links before you get started.


Informational Sessions for Interested Service Providers

Service Providers, also known as vendors, offer a variety of services for regional center clients and their families.  The first step to becoming a vendor with Harbor Regional Center (Harbor) is to submit a proposal during the applicable development cycle.  A proposal is comprised of specific documents requested by Harbor, which demonstrate that the applicant possesses the necessary, relevant professional experience and organizational capacity to create and sustain high-quality, effective, and long-term services for clients within the Harbor catchment area.  The proposal must


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For Interested Applicants

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the process by which service providers are authorized to become providers of services and supports for the people with developmental disabilities and their families who are served by a regional center. This document has been adapted from content published by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to be more specific as to the HRC process.


Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Resource Development Funds

Harbor Regional Center (HRC) is a private non-profit organization under contract with the State of California Department of Developmental Services. HRC is part of a statewide network of 21 Regional Centers responsible for the coordination and development of services to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our service area is located in the southern and southwestern L.A. County, and includes Torrance, Harbor, Bellflower, and Long Beach health districts.


Letters of Interest (LOI)

HRC accepts applications through our Letter of Interest (LOI) process for unmet needs that have been identified within the agency. Individuals and agencies offering an identified service may submit applications following the instructions provided with the LOI announcement. Applications are reviewed by the Resource Development Team and if eligible, may move forward to the next stage of development.