Who Are We?
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center is a private, non-profit corporation that operates under contract with California’s Department of Developmental Services. The Center serves over 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, who have or are at risk for a developmental delay or disability, and who are at high-risk of parenting an infant with a disability.
A developmental disability is defined by state law as:
- A disability that begins before the person’s 18th birthday,
- Continues or can be expected to continue indefinitely,
- Presents a significant disability in three or more functional life areas,
- And must be due to one of the following conditions:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Cerebral palsy
- Intellectual disability
- Disabling conditions closely related to mental retardation or requiring similar treatment.
Our Service Area
Lanterman is one of 21 regional centers in the state of California, which together serve over 275,000 individuals with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities and their families. Lanterman serves residents in the following geographic areas:
- Central Los Angeles
- La Cañada-Flintridge
- La Crescenta
A Brief History
Established as a pilot regional center in 1966 at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the Center was renamed in the 1970s after Assembly Member Frank D. Lanterman, who helped to pass landmark legislation for individuals with developmental disabilities in California.
Lanterman is governed by a community-based board of directors that is comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, and community leaders.
What We Do
Lanterman offers lifelong services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Center works together as partners with our:
- Service providers,
- Local communities, and
to provide quality services and supports that address individuals’ unique strengths and needs and enable them to live independent, productive and satisfying lives as active members of their communities.
Services We Provide
Lanterman provides the following services:
- Assessment and diagnosis
- Service coordination linking people with services
- Lifelong individualized planning
- Assistance in finding and using community resources
- Purchase of services identified in the individual plan
- Advocacy for the protection of legal, civil and service rights
- Early intervention services for at-risk infants and their families
- Information and referral
- Family support
- Training and educational opportunities for individuals and families
- Community outreach, awareness and education about developmental disabilities
- Quality assurance and enhancement activities
- Resource development
- Client benefit coordination
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