Early Intervention for Children With Disabilities/Delays
Provider: KERN COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER - RIDGECREST
Direct client services include assessment, diagnosis and early intervention; advocacy and education; case management; counseling; court-ordered evaluations; and specialized information and referral. The center purchases additional services from contracting agencies for clients who could not otherwise afford them. Clients may be eligible to receive life-long services.
Support groups, assistance with guardianship and conservatorship, and other support services are also available. Clients are referred to contracting agencies for specialized services such as activity centers; independent living skills instruction; behavioral, speech and occupational therapy; out-of-home care; and sheltered workshops.
Medi-Cal eligible youth, ages 0-18, may receive developmental assessment services and behavior modification therapy through the CHDP program.
Early intervention is available for children, age 3 and younger, who have special needs. Eligible children under 24 months at the time of referral must show a 33% delay in one or more areas of development. Eligible children over 24 months at the time of referral must show a 50% delay in one area of development or a 33% delay in two or more areas of development.
Prevention services include genetic counseling and prenatal evaluations for women who are at risk of giving birth to a developmentally disabled child, and have been denied Medi-Cal. Eligible women will be age 35 or older at the time of delivery; have chronic conditions or have been exposed to teratogens during pregnancy; or have a history of miscarriages, stillbirths or a family history of birth defects of mental retardation. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Call for information or to apply; an appointment is required. All intake and assessments are handled through the Center's Intake unit. FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE Most services are free. There are state-mandated fees for some services, but fees are set on a sliding scale.
825 N. Downs, Ste. D
Ridgecrest , CA 93555 (Physical)Get directions
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