This category includes speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, physical therapy and infant development programs.
Parent educational programs and groups led by therapists help
parents learn techniques that families can use to work with
their child at home, and promote their child’s development.
If a child needs individual therapies, or behavioral health
treatment services for the treatment of autism, and these are
considered medically necessary, the Service Coordinator can
guide the family in obtaining a prescription from their doctor,
and obtaining these services through their private health
insurance plan or through Medi-Cal. The regional center may
assist families with funding to cover deductibles, co-insurance
or co-payments for medically necessary therapies and treatments,
when a private health insurance plan is providing coverage for
such services, and the family qualifies based upon limited
This document describes Harbor Regional Center’s expectations for
early intervention services. These expectations reflect what
parents of children receiving these services, regional
center staff, and service providers themselves have told us an
early intervention service should be like. While realizing
that many service providers do not currently meet these
expectations, we anticipate that these providers will work
in partnership with us in the coming years to achieve them.
Section 4681.31 of the Welfare and Institutions Code requires any
vendor who provides services as specified below to
submit verification to the regional center for
services provided to individuals who are under 18 years of
age and residing in the family home.
The Department of Developmental Services has developed
a standard form for vendors to complete and provide to
the family for signature.