Specialized Information and Referral

Specialized Information and Referral ( Disabilities Issues )


The center provides services for people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families who live in the Inglewood and Santa Monica-West 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 for people with an intellectual disability. 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 in nature. Geographic and other restrictions apply.

Services include advocacy, assessment and diagnosis, case management, community education, disability counseling, early intervention services for children birth to 3 years of age, genetic counseling, family support, outreach, out-of-home placement and monitoring, purchase of services, and training. All services are determined by the client's Individual Program Plan (IPP). Most clients are eligible to receive life-long services; they may be referred to contracting agencies for some services.

The center's direct client services include case management; advocacy, legal rights education for clients; court-ordered evaluations; counseling; and developmental, medical and psychological assessment. The center purchases supportive services from contracting agencies for clients for authorized services on an individual basis. 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 independent living skills instruction; supportive living services; internship programs; post-secondary education (college and university support); behavioral, speech and occupational therapy; out-of-home care; and employment services training.

The Early Start Program provides early intervention services for children, age 3 and younger, who have special needs. Eligible children include high risk infants presenting with developmental delay or have an established diagnosis, or who show a delay in cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing. If under 24 months at the time of referral, these children must show a 33% delay in one or more areas of development. If over 24 months at the time of referral, these children must show a 50% delay in one area of development or a 33% delay in two or more areas of development. This may include infants who were born prematurely or with low birth weight, and those who have congenital abnormalities, respiratory problems, seizures, failure to thrive, muscle-tone problems or who were prenatally-exposed to alcohol or drugs.

The Prevention Program is available for children age birth through 35 months who are at substantially greater risk for a developmental disability but who would otherwise be ineligible for services through the Early Start Program. Services include intake and assessment, developmental monitoring and guidance, case management and referrals for additional services.

Other prevention services include genetic counseling and diagnostic services for people who may be at risk of becoming developmentally disabled or who are at risk of giving birth to a developmentally disabled child. To be eligible for testing a woman must have applied for and been denied Medi-Cal benefits and must fall into one of th following risk categories: mothers who will be age 35 or older at the time of delivery; who have chronic conditions or have been exposed to teratogens during pregnancy; or mothers who have a history of miscarriages, stillbirths or a family history of birth defects of mental retardation.

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, mental retardation, or any other condition closely related to mental retardation 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. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Call for information or an appointment. A physician's referral is required for genetic counseling and prenatal evaluation services. 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. There is a Family Cost Participation Program (FCPP) to assess cost participation to parents of children ages birth -17 who receive day care, respite and/or camping services; call for more information. Some services for early start client's require use of private insurance. Applied Behavior Analysis services require use of private insurance for children under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of autism.
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5901 Green Valley Circle, Ste. 320

Culver City , CA 90230 (Physical)

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


(310) 649-1024


(310) 258-4000 (310) 258-4090 (Early Start Coordinator) (310) 258-4001 (Remote Reception Desk)

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