Key Resources

Regional Centers Regional centers are community based, nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. - Directory of California Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities: www.dds.ca.gov/rc/rclist.cfm California Children’s Services (CCS) CCS is a statewide program that provides funding to treat children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. CCS can authorize and pay for specific medical services and equipment provided by CCS-approved specialists. In addition, CCS provides therapy services in public school setting to children with certain conditions. - Directory of California County CCS Programs: www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/cms/ccs/directory.htm HeadStart Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. - General: www.caheadstart.org/ WIC WIC provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. - General: www.wicworks.ca.gov/ Family Resource Centers Family Resource Centers support families of children with disabilities, special healthcare needs, and those at risk. Family Resource Centers work closely with local community agencies, interagency councils, and other organizations within their area. They provide parent-to-parent support, information dissemination and referral, family-professional collaboration activities, and transition assistance for families. They also contribute to public awareness and outreach efforts associated with the early intervention services in their community. - Directory of California Family Resource Centers: www.frcnca.org Special Olympics Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. - Directory: www.specialolympics.org Special Olympics of Northern California: www.sonc.org Special Olympics of Southern California: www.sosc.org CalWorks The CalWORKs program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size. - Main site: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG85.htm Medi-Cal Medi-Cal is the California Medicaid Program, providing medical benefits to groups of low-income and/or disabled people - Directory: http://dpss.lacounty.gov/new_portal/dpss_locations.cfm Mental Health The California Department of Mental Health (DMH), ensures through partnerships the availability and accessibility of effective, efficient, culturally competent mental health services for chidlren adults. - Directory: www.dmh.cahwnet.gov Healthy Kids The California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) maintains a comprehensive collection of health education materials for use by teachers, administrators, university faculty, LEA staff and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th grade students in school settings and after-school programs. - General: www.hkresources.org Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) The CHDP program is a preventive health program serving California's children and youth. CHDP makes early health care available to children and youth with health problems as well as to those who seem well. - Directory: www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/cms/chdp/directory.htm Healthy Families Healthy Families is low cost insurance for children and teens. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal. - General: www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov/hfhome.asp Special Education Special education is instruction that is modified or individualized for those students with special needs, such as learning differences, mental health problems, specific disabilities (physical or developmental), and giftedness. - General: www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), per state mandate, provides county wide regional coordination and leadership in special education to insure compliance with state and federal laws relating to students with disabilities. - General: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/lr/szscpselpa.asp - Directory: http://www.icoe.k12.ca.us/ICOE/Departments/SELPA/Other.htm