Guardianship Assistance

Guardianship Assistance ( Developmental Disabilities )


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The center provides services for people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families who live within the city of Los Angeles in the East Valley, San Fernando and West Valley, or in the Antelope Valley or Santa Clarita Valley Health Districts of Los Angeles County. To be eligible for service, individuals must have a developmental disability which began before their 18th birthday, be expected to continue indefinitely and present a substantial disability. The disability must be due to autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disability or a disabling condition closely related to intellectual disability or requiring similar treatment. Infants and toddlers at risk of having a developmental disability or who have a developmental delay, and individuals who are at risk of having a child with a developmental disability may also qualify for services. The center does not serve individuals with disabling conditions that are solely physical, solely psychiatric or learning disabilities. Geographic and other restrictions apply.

Services include advocacy, assessment and diagnosis, case management, community education, disability counseling, early intervention for at-risk infants, family support, outreach, out-of-home placement and monitoring, purchase of services, and training. Clients are eligible to receive life-long services; they may be referred to contracting agencies for some services.

Medi-Cal eligible youth, 0 to 18 years of age, may receive developmental assessment services and behavior modification therapy through the CHDP program.

The center's direct client services include case management; advocacy, to educate clients about their legal rights; court-ordered evaluations; counseling; and developmental, medical and psychological assessment. The center purchases supportive services from contracting agencies for clients who could not otherwise afford them. Support services for families include counseling and support groups; assistance with guardianship and conservatorship arrangements; and referrals for respite care and other resources such as support groups for parents of developmentally disabled children. 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.

The Early Start Program provides early intervention services for children, age 3 and younger, who have developmental delay or certain established risk diagnosis. Potential areas of delay include cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development. To qualify these children must show a 33 percent delay in one or more areas of development if under 24 months at the time of referral. If over 24 months at the time of referral, these children must show a 50 percent delay in one area of development or a 33 percent delay in two or more areas of development. Established risk children have a diagnosed medical condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, and/or disability.

The center provides lifelong individualized planning and service coordination for children age three and older who have a developmental disability resulting from cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, intellectual disability, or any other condition closely related to intellectual disability that requires a similar treatment. Clients are linked with contracted community service providers.

The center provides outreach and community education by providing specialized information and referral about developmental disabilities and through publications and community presentations. It provides speakers to community groups and technical assistance for service providers who work with people with developmental disabilities. It also assists in the development, evaluation and monitoring of new and existing community-based resources. LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish; arrangements can be made for interpreters fluent in other languages, including American Sign Language. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Call or walk in for information or to apply for service. FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE There are no fees for most services. There are state-mandated fees for center-sponsored, out-of-home care for youth age 17 and younger; fees are set on a sliding scale.
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43210 Gingham Ave., Ste. 6

Lancaster , CA 93535 (Physical)

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Service hours
Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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