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Understanding Disabilities / Comprender las Discapacidades

Lanterman and the Los Angeles County Office of Education present Understanding Disabilities via Zoom on Thursday, March 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. with facilitator Marcie Peoples. Attendees will learn about:

  • What a disability is
  • Different types of disabilities
  • What laws support individuals with disabilities
  • Some societal myths and facts that surround individuals with disabilities
  • Some language do's and don'ts
  • How we can support individuals with disabilities
  • There will be a question and answer session at the end

Space is limited. Registration required. Register online

For more information, contact Joe Perales at 213.252.4986 or

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish and Korean.


Lanterman y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Los Ángeles presentan Comprender las Discapacidades a través de Zoom el jueves, 30 de marzo desde 4 a 6 p.m. con la facilitadora Marcie Peoples. Los asistentes aprenderán sobre:

  •  Lo que es una discapacidad
  • Los diferentes tipos de discapacidades
  • Que leyes apoyan a las personas con discapacidades
  • Algunos mitos y hechos sociales que rodean a las personas con discapacidades
  • Algunos términos que se deben y no se deben hacer
  • Cómo podemos apoyar a las personas con discapacidades
  • Habra una session de preguntas y respuestas al final

El espacio es limitado. Se requiere registro. Registrar en línea

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Joe Perales al 213.252.4986 o

Habrá interpretación en español y coreano.


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Services During the Strike / Servicios Durante la Huelga

With the 3-day Los Angeles Unified School District strike scheduled to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, 03/21 through Thursday, 03/23, if your family needs services during this time, contact your regional center service coordinator. They can be reached directly at the info they provided to you or by contacting 213.383.1300 or

We encourage you to follow LAUSD on their social media for the latest news about the strike and for resources, including a family and resource student guide, grab-and-go meal locations and more.


Con la huelga de 3 días del LAUSD programada para comenzar mañana, martes 03/21 hasta el jueves 03/23, si su familia necesita servicios durante este tiempo, comuníquese con su coordinador de servicios del centro regional. Puede contactarlos directamente en la información que le proporcionaron o comunicándose con 213.383.1300 o

Lo alentamos a que siga a LAUSD en sus redes sociales para conocer las últimas noticias sobre la huelga y para recursos, incluida una guía para familias y estudiantes de recursos, ubicaciones de comidas para llevar y más.

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Service Provider Workshop on Use of Visual Supports with Adult Clients

Lanterman presents a free service provider workshop on Use of Visual Supports with Adult Clients on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • A two-hour online interactive training module for supported employment, pre-vocational and day program service providers.
  • Led by Lanterman CAPTAIN Cadre Members
  • Activities include pre-test, training and post-test
  • Covers use of visual schedules, visual boundaries and visual cues to increase desired behavior and decrease problem behavior in a variety of settings
  • CAPTAIN Cadre Member(s) conduct a post-workshop follow-up site visit and/or survey
  • Certificate of completion

Visual Supports can be used to:

  • Increase learner independence
  • Support transitions between activities
  • Provide predictability, structure and clarify expectations

When use correctly, Visual Supports can:

  • Reduce challenging behaviors
  • Reduce reliance on verbal instructions, prompting
  • Reduce distractions, increase focus

Click here to enroll in this training via ARCALearn
If you have an account, login. If you are a new user, select Register button on login page to create an account.


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CP Family Forum / Foro de la Familia CP

The Center for Cerebral Palsy at UCLA and Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children present a CP Family Forum on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 1 to 5 p.m.

A Celebration of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day and the Community will be held at 403 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Register here


El Centro para la Parálisis Cerebral de la UCLA y el Instituto Ortopédico para Niños Luskin presentan un Foro Familiar con CP el sábado 25 de marzo de 2023 de 1 p.m. a 5 p.m.

Se llevará a cabo una celebración del Día Nacional de Concientización sobre la Parálisis Cerebral y la Comunidad en 403 West Adams Blvd., Los Ángeles, CA 90007.

Registrar aquí


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La Regla Final para Personas que Viven o Planean Mudarse a Colocamientos Residenciales

Ally Servicios Comprensivos los invita a unirse a esta sesión de capacitación mientras revisamos los servicios los servicios residenciales, incluidos los hogares residenciales con licencia y otros tipos de ubicaciones, se ven afectados por la regla final.

En esta sesión cubriremos:

  • Los requisitos de cumplimiento para viviendas residenciales
  • La Planificación centrada en la persona a través del primer idioma de la persona
  • Cómo puede participar en la planificación y ayudar a llevar a cabo su plan

Español - miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2023

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Esta sesion se realizará a través de Zoom.

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The Final Rule for Regional Center Individuals Residing or Planning to Move to Residential Homes / 거주 시설에 살고 있거나 이주를 계획중인 개 인에 대한 최종 규칙

Ally Comprehensive Services invites you to join them for this training session as they review how residential-based services including licensed residential homes and other types of community placements are impacted by the Final Rule.

In this session they will cover:

  • Compliance requirements for Licensed Residential Homes
  • Person Centered Planning through person first language and choice
  • How you can participate in planning and help carry out your plan

English - Tuesday, March 28, 2023

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

This session will be held via Zoom.

Click here to register


Ally Comprehensive Services가 함께하는 강의 에 여러분을 초대합니다. 본 강의에서는 최종 규칙의 영 향을 받는 허가받은 거주 시 설 및 기타 시설 등의 거주 시설 기반 서비스들에 대해 알아봅니다.

 본 강의에서 다룰 내용:

  • 허가받은 거주 시설에 대한 규정 준수 요건
  • 고객 중심 언어를 통 한 고객 중심 계획
  • 계획과 구현 과정에 참여할 수 있는 법

화요일 - 2023년 3월 28일

  • 오전 10시부터 11시 30분까지

영어로 제공됩니다.

본 세션은 Zoom을 통해 화상으로 제공되며,다음 링크를 통해 사전 등록을 해야 합니다.

등록하려면 여기를 클릭하십시오


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CA START Services Now Available Through Lanterman

In response to the unique needs of individuals with both a developmental disability and a mental health need that at times cannot be sufficiently met by our community, Lanterman Regional Center is pleased to announce the availability of START services.

What is START?
The Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment (START) Model provides mental health crisis support and prevention to people with developmental disabilities and mental/behavioral health needs. Services include crisis planning, crisis response, education, team collaboration, consultation, care management, and therapeutic coaching. All services are person-centered and assess the individual based on their environment and individual need. The START program aims to build capacity through relationships, support families and organizations, and assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life.

Who is Eligible for CA START?
CA START services are available for people ages 6 and over who have a documented developmental disability or co-occurring mental/behavioral health need and are receiving regional center services.

How to make a referral?
Please speak to your regional center service coordinator for more information about how to be referred to CA START.


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AB637 Public Comment Announcements, Public Hearing Scheduled for 03/30 / AB637 Anuncios de Comentarios Públicos, Audiencia Pública Programada para el 03/30

Lanterman Regional Center is seeking public input in accordance with Welfare and Institutions (WIC) Code §4669.75(b) in order to submit an AB637/1543/1106 Waiver Proposal to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in accordance with statutory requirements. We are specifically seeking public input to increase rates for Clinical Psychological Evaluation services.

Lanterman’s proposal will increase our ability to hire qualified licensed clinical psychologists to meet Lanterman eligibility determination needs and timelines. The current rate structure does not allow us to recruit additional licensed psychologists for Lanterman eligibility determinations in order to meet the growing demand for these services. The demand for psychological evaluations for individuals seeking initial and continued regional center eligibility greatly outweighs the supply of available vendored psychologists. A review of local prevailing rates for psychological testing has confirmed that our rate of $644.19 per assessment is substantially subpar.

In order to negotiate competitive rates which will align with other local regional center rates for the same services, Lanterman is seeking to waive California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 1, Section 57300, Rate-Setting Requirements Applicable to All Nonresidential Service Vendors allowing for a rate to be negotiated higher than prevailing Medi-Cal rates.


El Centro Regional Frank D. Lanterman está buscando la opinión del público de acuerdo con el Código de Bienestar e Instituciones (WIC) §4669.75 (b) para presentar una Propuesta de Exención AB637/1543/1106 al Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo (DDS) de acuerdo con los requisitos legales. Estamos buscando específicamente la opinión del público para aumentar la tarifa de los servicios de Evaluaciones Clínicas Psicológicas.

La propuesta de Lanterman aumentará nuestra capacidad de contratar psicólogos clínicos calificados con licencia para satisfacer las necesidades y determinación de elegibilidad de Lanterman. La estructura de tarifa actual no nos permite reclutar psicólogos con licencia adicionales para las determinaciones de elegibilidad de Lanterman con el fin de satisfacer la creciente demanda de estos servicios. La demanda de evaluaciones psicológicas para las personas que buscan la elegibilidad inicial y continua del centro regional supera la oferta de evaluaciones psicológicas disponibles por el proveedor. Una revisión de las tarifas locales vigentes para las evaluaciones psicológicas ha confirmado que nuestra tarifa de $ 644.19 por evaluación es sustancialmente inferior.

Con el fin de negociar tarifas competitivas que se alinearán con otras tarifas de centros regionales locales para los mismos servicios, Lanterman está tratando de renunciar al Código de Regulaciones de California (CCR), Título 1, Sección 57300, Requisitos de fijación de tarifas aplicables a todos los proveedores de servicios (no residenciales), lo que permite que se negocie una tarifa más alta que las tarifas vigentes de Medi-Cal.

Public Hearing Scheduled for 03/30 / Audiencia Pública Programada para el 03/30

A public hearing to receive comments on this proposal will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. / Una audiencia pública para recibir comentarios sobre esta propuesta se llevará a cabo el jueves, 30 de marzo de 2023 a las 10 a.m. a través de Zoom.

Register online / Registrar en línea

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting. / Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

Input, comments and suggestions are being solicited from the community at large. Please submit written public comments to Pablo Ibañez at by Friday, April 7, 2023. / Se solicitan aportes, comentarios y sugerencias de la comunidad en general. Envíe comentarios públicos por escrito a Pablo Ibáñez a antes del viernes 7 de abril de 2023.


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Take the ABA Services Research Study Survey / Realice la Encuesta de Investigación de Servicios de ABA

Easterseals Southern California Autism Services is conducting a research study to understand how people who have been through Applied Behavior Analysis feel about ABA.

Participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes, and responses will be collected via an online survey, phone or by mail. All responses will be anonymous and no personally identifying information is being collected. At any time during this survey, participants may choose to withdraw from the study by not completing it. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

Eligible participants must currently be receiving ABA or have received ABA in the past. Participants must be at least 9 years old and able to self-report on their own personal lived experience. Caregivers are not eligible to participate in the study except for assisting the participant in selecting their answers.

Take the survey in English


Los Servicios para el Autismo de Easterseals Southern California están llevando a cabo un estudio de investigación para entender cómo se sienten las personas que han pasado por el Análisis Conductual Aplicado (ABA, por sus siglas en inglés).

La participación tomará aproximadamente 10-15 minutos y las respuestas se recogerán a través de una encuesta en línea, por teléfono o por correo. Todas las respuestas serán anónimas y no se recogerá ninguna información de identificación personal. En cualquier momento de la encuesta, los participantes podrán optar por retirarse del estudio sin completar esta última. La encuesta está disponible tanto en inglés como en español.

Los participantes elegibles deben estar recibiendo actualmente ABA o haber recibido ABA en el pasado. Los participantes deben tener al menos 9 años de edad y ser capaces de responder sobre su propia experiencia personal vivida. Los cuidadores no son elegibles para participar en el estudio, excepto para ayudar al participante en la selección de sus respuestas.

Tomar la encuesta en español


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Self-Determination Program / Programa de Autodeterminación

On Thursday, March 30, 2 to 3 p.m., ARCA will be holding their next public webinar on the Self-Determination Program (SDP). This event is for people served by regional centers and their families who want to learn more about this service.

They’ll be talking about the philosophy, principles and history of SDP, and the role of the planning team. Register online

Estará disponible traducción al español. ASL interpretation will be available.


El jueves, 30 de marzo, 2 a 3 p.m., ARCA realizará su próximo seminario web acerca el Programa de Autodeterminación (SDP, por sus siglas en inglés). Este evento es para personas atendidas por centros regionales y sus familias que desea obtener más información acerca de este servicio.

Ellos estarán hablando sobre la filosofía, los principios y la historia de SDP, y el papel del equipo de planificación. Regístrar en línea


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DDS Wellness and Safety Bulletin - Pneumonia

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is excited to share the latest Wellness and Safety Bulletin posted on the DDS Wellness Toolkit. This bulletin addresses the topic of identifying and preventing pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs more frequently impacting the population this time of year. Some people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at an increased risk of getting pneumonia which can become life-threatening if untreated. Recognizing the signs and symptoms can help prevent health complications, hospitalization and death. This bulletin provides relevant health and safety information as part of DDS’ ongoing effort to improve our collective management of risks to the wellness of the individuals that we serve.

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

For Self-Advocates and Families:

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Public Meeting to be Held Regarding Purchase of Service Differences on March 24

Lanterman Regional Center will be hosting two live video conference public meetings on: / El Centro Regional Lanterman organizará dos reuniones públicas de videoconferencia en vivo sobre:

  • Martes, 14 de Marzo de 2023 en Español a 6 p.m.
    Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión: haga clic aquí
  • Friday, March 24, 2023 in English at 10 a.m.
    Register in advance for this meeting: click here

During the meetings we will be reviewing data on the differences in purchased services for Lanterman clients related to age, race and primary language.

These meetings are held to comply with (Welfare & Institutions Code, 4519.5) that calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and regional centers to annually compile data relating to purchase of service authorization, utilization and expenditures, and report with respect to several indicators including age, race, language and disability. Each year, this data will be compiled and posted by the regional center by December 31 for the prior fiscal year with public meetings to be held by the following March 31.  


Durante las reuniones vamos a repasar los datos sobre las diferencias en los servicios comprados para clientes de Lanterman relacionados con la edad, raza y idioma primario.

Estas reuniones se llevan a cabo para cumplir con (Código De Bienestar & Instituciones, 4519.5) que pide el Departamento de Servicios del Desarrollo (DDS) y centros regionales para recopilar anualmente datos relacionados con la compra de servicios autorizados, utilización y gastos, e informar respecto a varios indicadores como la edad, raza, idioma y discapacidad. Cada año, esta información será compilada y publicada por el centro regional antes del 31 de diciembre para el año fiscal anterior con reuniones públicas conducidas antes del siguiente 31 de marzo.


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Meeting Announcement: Coordinated Family Support (CFS) / Anuncio de Reunión: Apoyo Familiar Coordinado (CFS)

DDS is hosting four webinars to share information on a new service option for adults served by regional centers who live with their families. This new service is called Coordinated Family Support (CFS). / DDS está organizando cuatro seminarios web para compartir información sobre una nueva opción de servicio para adultos servidos por centros regionales que viven con sus familias. Este nuevo servicio se llama Apoyo Familiar Coordinado (CFS, por sus siglas en ingles).

Please choose one of the following Community Webinars on Coordinated Family Support to attend. / Por favor elija uno de los seminarios web comunitarios sobre Apoyo Familiar Coordinado para asistir.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 / miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2023 
3 to 4 p.m.
English presentation with interpretation provided in American Sign Language (ASL) / Presentación en inglés con interpretación en lenguaje de señas americano (ASL, en inglés)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 / miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2023
6 to 7 p.m.
Spanish presentation with interpretation provided in English and Spanish/Mexican Sign Language (LSM) / Presentación en español con interpretación en inglés y español/mexicano lenguaje de señas (LSM, en inglés)

Thursday, February 16, 2023 / jueves, 16 de febrero de 2023
2 to 3 p.m.
Spanish presentation with interpretation provided in English and Spanish/Mexican Sign Language (LSM) / Presentación en español con interpretación en inglés y español/mexicano lenguaje de señas (LSM, en inglés)

Thursday, February 16, 2023 / jueves, 16 de febrero de 2023
6 to 7 p.m.
English presentation with interpretation provided in American Sign Language (ASL) / Presentación en inglés con interpretación en lenguaje de señas americano (ASL, en inglés)

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In Our Thoughts…

Dear Lanterman Community,

Our neighbors in the city of Monterey Park experienced an unimaginable tragedy last night during Lunar New Year festivities.

This is supposed to be a time of celebration and starting anew and it was beyond heartbreaking to wake up to news of a mass shooting in the midst of such celebrations.

Our thoughts go out to those who lost loved ones, and those who were injured. We stand in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Islander community as we begin to process this senseless violence.

In the event you need support related to this tragic situation, contact the Regional Center so we can help connect you to the appropriate resources.

Holding thoughts of healing and peace for this new year.

Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director

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As a Designated Voter Registration Agency, Lanterman Can Help You Register to Vote

Did you vote in the recent elections? We hope so, and if you didn’t because you weren’t registered, did you know that Lanterman can help you register to vote?

Lanterman is designated as a Voter Registration Agency (VRA); the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) designates agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities as VRAs. As such, our staff can assist individuals who are of voting age to register to vote. Lanterman staff will also assist parents of minor children to register to vote.

Lanterman service coordinators will be asking if you are registered to vote at your next IPP, and if you are not yet registered, this is an excellent opportunity to become part of the democratic process.


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Montserrat Works as a Student Assistant at Cal State Long Beach While Pursuing a Degree in English

Montserrat (right) is pictured with Britt Wilson, her ILS Instructor and Career Navigator

Written by Montserrat herself, she shares: "My name is Montserrat Ruiz and I am a current student attending California State University Long Beach. As a student with ADHD and Autism, I have gone through many obstacles in life from struggling to make friends, or find work. But now that I am older and more immersed in regional center programs, such as Start to Finish Services, I am more confident in applying for internships, training and advocating for myself. You can find me working at my college campus as a student assistant for the College of Arts, while pursuing a degree in English: Rhetoric & Composition.”

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Allan Succeeds at Food 4 Less with Support from AbilityFirst

Allan is hard-working and always has a positive attitude...whether it’s on the job, or meeting with his supervisor, or job coach. Allan is punctual, courteous, and always respectful of others.

He started with the Employment Facilitation Training Services (EFTS) program at AbilityFirst in June 2018 and then transitioned to Supported Employment where he was hired to work for Food 4 Less.

When Allan first started, he had a hard time asking others for help. He struggled with some of the physical labor at Food 4 Less, like stocking items on high shelves, or assisting a customer if an item fell off the shelf.

Allan’s job coach Lucy helped Allan by showing him proper safety procedures and encouraging him to ask for help whenever he needs it.


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Deadline to Apply for 2023 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities Extended to 03/17/23

Applications for the 2023 California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) are now due Friday, March 17, 2023. Develop your leadership skills, and learn how to reach your academic, career and independence goals...and make new lifetime friends. Talk with policy makers and educate them on ways they can improve the lives of young people with disabilities.

YLF is a seven-day summer self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities, which includes post-YLF workshops after the weeklong event (workshop dates and times to be determined). The 2023 YLF is tentatively on July 13-19, 2023 YLF and will be held partly virtually and partly in-person. All selected delegate’s expenses are sponsored through a public-private partnership.

Students must complete an application, write an essay and provide letters of recommendations. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2022-23 school year ending by June 30 to be eligible to apply.

YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to The deadline to apply was extended to March 17, 2023.

The 2023 application and related documents, including an outreach flyer, can be found at

For other questions, please call the CCEPD office at 855.894.3436 or e-mail at


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New Advisory Committee to Advise on the Lanterman Act Hearing Process / Nuevo Comité Asesor para asesorar sobre el proceso de audiencia de la Ley Lanterman

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) are accepting applications for the new Lanterman Act Hearing Advisory Committee (LAHAC).

This Committee will provide input to the departments regarding mediations and hearings conducted by the OAH.

To be considered as an initial committee member, applications are due by January 31, 2023.

Please share this information with your networks.

Please e-mail with any questions.


El DDS y la Oficina de Audiencias Administrativas (OAH, por sus siglas en inglés) están aceptando solicitudes para el nuevo Comité Asesor de Audiencias de la Ley Lanterman (LAHAC).

Este Comité brindará información a los departamentos sobre las mediaciones y audiencias realizadas por OAH.

Para ser considerado como miembro inicial del comité, las solicitudes deben entregarse antes del 31 de enero de 2023.

Por favor comparte esta información con sus redes.

Envíe un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta.

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Happy Holidays from Lanterman

On behalf of Lanterman Regional Center, we send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all of our clients, their families and our service providers. May your celebrations be safe, peaceful and joyous and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hope-filled new year.

Child Care Financial Assistance / Asistencia financiera para el cuidado de niños

Get Help Paying for Child Care

We all know child care is expensive but did you know CCRC can help with the cost?

Many families don’t know that they qualify for help paying for child care. Financial assistance is available for child care all hours of the day, including nights, weekends, or for just a few hours a week. Whether you are looking for employment, going to school, or working and in need of care, CCRC can help!

And, you can choose your child care type such as licensed center, family child care home, a family, friend or neighbor to take care of your child. Need help finding a provider? We can help with that too.

The application is quick and easy. Most people complete it in 3-5 minutes.

Click here to begin or update your application

Call 1-866-67-4KIDS to check your status or if you have any questions.


Obtenga ayuda para pagar el cuidado de niños

Todos sabemos que el cuidado de niños es costoso, pero ¿sabía que CCRC puede ayudar con el costo?

Muchas familias no saben que califican para recibir ayuda para pagar el cuidado infantil. La asistencia financiera está disponible para el cuidado de niños durante todo el día, incluidas las noches, los fines de semana o solo unas pocas horas a la semana. Ya sea que esté buscando empleo, yendo a la escuela o trabajando y necesita atención, ¡CCRC puede ayudarlo!

Y puede elegir su tipo de cuidado infantil, como un centro con licencia, un hogar de cuidado infantil familiar, una familia, un amigo o un vecino para cuidar a su hijo. ¿Necesita ayuda para encontrar un proveedor? Podemos ayudar con eso también.

La aplicación es rápida y fácil. La mayoría de las personas lo completan en 3-5 minutos.

Haga clic aquí para comenzar o actualizar su aplicación

Llame al 1-866-67-4KIDS y solicite hablar con la FAO para verificar su estado, realizar actualizaciones o si tiene alguna pregunta.


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New Baby? Project SAFE Can Help! / Recién Nacido? El Proyecto SAFE Puede Ayudar!

The Help Group's Project SAFE (Support and Advocacy for Family Empowerment) welcomes dads and male caregivers.

New baby? Project SAFE can help! They provide:

  • Home visits by trained counselors
  • Assistance accessing community resources (ex. food, healthcare, child care, parent support)
  • Education about child development, parenting and safety
  • Strategies for managing stress and other challenges
  • Techniques to develop a strong and positive relationship with your child

To determine your eligibility and to learn more, call or e-mail: 818.809.4187 or


The Help Group's Proyecto SAFE (Apoyo y Abogacía Para el Empoderamiento Familiar) lo da bienvenidos a padres de familia y cuidadores.

Recién nacido? El Proyecto SAFE puede ayudar! Ofrecen:

  • Visitas domiciliarias por consejeros capacitados
  • Asistencia para acceder a los recursos de la comunidad (por ejemplo, alimentos, atención médica, cuidado de niños, apoyo para padres)
  • Educación sobre desarrollo infantil, crianza y seguridad
  • Estrategias para manejar el estrés y otros desafíos
  • Técnicas para desarrollar una relación fuerte y positiva con su hijo

Para determinar su elegibilidad y obtener mas información, envíe un correo o llámenos: 818.916.4720 o


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Little Hoover Commission Hearing on the Developmental Disabilities System

Resharing the "Buidling Our System Forward" e-mail from ARCA about the Little Hoover Commission Hearing on the Developmental Disabilities System:

For over fifty years, California's regional centers have provided community-based services to people with developmental disabilities to meet local needs. And as times - and needs - change, so does our system. 

The Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, is holding hearings on the developmental disabilities services system. They've been exploring the challenges the system is facing and will be making recommendations for how to strengthen it. 

Recent independent surveys of people served give a clear picture. The experiences of the vast majority of people served in our system are positive. We have a strong foundation to build from that respects people, supports their choices, and helps them lead good lives. Knowing this, ARCA and the regional centers remain committed to equitably serving Californians with developmental disabilities and their families, and helping them to meet their unique needs.

The Little Hoover Commission is asking for ways to make the system work better. ARCA submitted a letter with our ideas, which cover topics ranging from ending family fees, to eliminating the requirement families appeal denials from generic agencies, to letting social recreation be easier to use, to updating regional center funding calculations. 

ARCA and the regional centers will use our proposals to build upon and improve a system that works, spending the next 14 months on four major focus areas:

  1. Standardizing how family support needs, including respite, are assessed
  2. Making it easier to access regional center data reports
  3. Simplifying the process for new service providers to contract with regional centers
  4. Creating intake processes that are more similar statewide and smoother, particularly for foster youth

ARCA and the regional centers are committed to seeing these improvements happen by the end of 2023. We appreciate all opportunities to advance the service system, including collaborating with the Little Hoover Commission and stakeholders to improve the experience of all individuals with developmental disabilities and their families - regardless of race, ethnicity, language, or place in the State.

Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of families whose lives have been improved by their regional center? The Little Hoover Commission needs to hear from you!

The biggest challenge your service coordinator has is time - regional centers struggle to hire enough staff to ensure there's enough time to develop the relationships that move your service experience from good to greatClick here to e-mail them your story of how your service coordinator helped you - and to urge them to "modernize regional center funding!"

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Community Input Summary for 2022/23 Community Service Needs Survey

Each year Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center develops Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) and Community Placement Plan (CPP) proposals which are presented to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to meet the needs of the clients and families we serve. Resource development feedback for 2022/23 was obtained from an online survey and input from our support group participants.

Following is a summary of the input received by Lanterman Regional Center. These are the ranked priorities based on community input:

  1. Behavior management services
  2. Early start therapies (OT, speech)
  3. Social skills training
  4. Employment support
  5. Specialized housing for individuals with behaviors

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Looking for Six New Board Members, plus 11/03 Board Recruitment Fair

Lanterman Regional Center is recruiting for six potential board members, whose terms would begin July 2023 and end June 30, 2025. 

As the Center serves a very diverse community, our board must reflect this diversity, and we are looking for the following:

  • Hispanic/Latinx (4 members)
  • Asian (1 member)
  • Adult Self-Advocate (2 members)
  • Community (1 member)
  • An individual with legal expertise (1 member)

As there are only six positions, potential board members will in some cases meet more than one of the diversity criteria above.

We are hosting a board recruitment fair on Thursday, November 3, that will explain more about the role and responsibilities of board members. Those interested in serving on Lanterman's board of directors should attend and learn more.

See below for a list of frequently asked questions, and following is some additional reference information.

W&I Code §4622 – The state shall contract only with agencies, the governing boards of which conform to all of the following criteria:

  • (a) The governing board shall be composed of individuals with demonstrated interest in, or knowledge of, developmental disabilities.
  • (b) The membership of the governing board shall include persons with legal, management or board governance, financial, and developmental disability program expertise. Board governance expertise may not be acquired solely by serving on a regional center board.
  • (c) The membership of the governing board shall include representatives of the various categories of disability to be served by the regional center.
  • (d) The governing board shall reflect the geographic and ethnic characteristics of the area to be served by the regional center.
  • (e) A minimum of 50 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities or their parents or legal guardians. No less than 25 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities.
  • (f) Members of the governing board shall not be permitted to serve more than seven years within each eight-year period.
  • (i) The advisory committee shall designate one of its members to serve as a member of the regional center board.


Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Click here to register in advance for this meeting via Zoom

You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting after registering.


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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Needs Survey / Encuesta de Necesidades de Servicio Actuales de la Comunidad Sorda+

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Needs Survey

Lanterman is seeking your feedback and assistance in completing a short survey so we can better understand the current service needs of the Deaf+ community.

If you are a client, family member or community partner with knowledge and/or experience as it relates to the Deaf+ community, please complete the following survey.

Click here for the survey in English


Encuesta de Necesidades de Servicio Actuales de la Comunidad Sorda+

Lanterman busca sus comentarios y ayuda para completar una breve encuesta para que podamos comprender mejor las necesidades de servicio actuales de la comunidad Sorda+.

Si usted es un cliente, miembro de la familia o socio de la comunidad con conocimiento y/o experiencia en relación con la comunidad Sorda+, complete la siguiente encuesta.

Haga clic aquí para la encuesta en español


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Needs Survey for Service Providers

If you are a regional center service provider that currently serves the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community or are interested in serving this population please complete the following survey.

Click here for the survey for service providers


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Be Ready: Disaster Preparedness for Families with CYSHCN (American Sign Language version)

This ~10 minute video instructs families of children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN) on the importance of disaster readiness and what they can do to prepare. The longer video length accommodates the ASL translation.

Be Ready Videos have been designed to serve as a non-threatening introduction to disaster readiness for families with children and youth with disabilities and medical needs. The videos should be used across disciplines, communities, and jurisdictions in both the private and public sectors.


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M.E.T.A. Small Goals are Important Goals / M.E.T.A. Las Metas Pequeñas son Importantes Metas

Fiesta Educativa invites you to their new program M.E.T.A - Motivate. Educate. Techology. Advocate. - Small Goals are Important Goals: From Zero to Meta.

Topics covered:

  • Technology 101 (e-mails, online search, web, etc.)
  • How to navigate the regional center
  • Learn about service requests and Individual Program Plans (IPP)
  • Self-Determination and resources

Participants must be:

  • Parents/caregivers of regional center clietns from Lanterman Regional Center or Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.
  • Participant will receive certificate of participation upon completion.

Parents/caregivers will receive a total of $50.00 in gift cards.

To participate, register here: or call Fiesta Educativa at 323.221.6696 and ask for Marely Gomez or Lucia Babb.

Deadline to register is Saturday, September 10.


Fiesta Educativa les invita a su nuevo programa M.E.T.A - Motivar. Educar. Tecnología. Abogando. - Las Metas Pequeñss son importantes Metas: De Zero a Meta.

Tópicos cubiertos:

  • Tecnología 101 (correos electrónicos, búsqueda en línea, web, etc.)
  • Cómo navegar el centro regional
  • Aprender sobre las solicitudes de servicio y los Planes de Programas Individuales (IPP)
  • Autodeterminación y recursos

Los participantes deben ser:

  • Padres/cuidadores de clientes del centros regionals del Centro Regional Lanterman o del Centro Regional del Este de Los Ángeles.
  • El participante recibirá un certificado de participación al finalizar.

Los padres/cuidadores recibirán un total de $50.00 en tarjetas de regalo.

Para participar, regístrese aquí: o llame a Fiesta Educativa al 323.221.6696 y pregunte por Marely Gomez o Lucia Babb.

La fecha límite para registrarse es el sábado 10 de septiembre.


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DDS Wellness and Safety Bulletin - Safe Medication Management

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is excited to share the latest Wellness and Safety Bulletin posted on the DDS Wellness Toolkit. This bulletin addresses Safe Medication Management. Safe and accurate medication management is an important component of care and supervision. Medication errors are the second most frequent special incident reported to DDS. This bulletin provides relevant health and safety information as part of DDS’ ongoing effort to improve our collective management of risks to the wellness of the individuals that we serve.

For Self-Advocates and Families:

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

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Take Our Social Rec Survey by August 31 / Realice Nuestra Encuesta de Recreación Social Antes del 31 de Agosto

Effective July 1, 2021, changes to Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4648.5 restored regional center authority to fund social recreation services. Each Regional Center was required to submit an outreach plan to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and revise its purchase of service (POS) policies to reflect restoration of funding for social recreation services. Lanterman wants to know what is most important to you when it comes to social recreation services. We invite you to complete this survey to help us learn what the community needs are. Take the English Survey


A partir del 1 de Julio del 2021, cambios en la sección del Código de Bienestar e Instituciones (W&I) 4648.5 restauró la autoridad del Centro Regional para financiar los servicios de recreaciónes sociales.  Se requirió que el Centro Regional presentara un plan de divulgación al Departamento de Servicios del Desarroyo (DDS) y revisar sus normas de compra de servicios (POS) para reflejar la restauración de la financiación de los servicios de recreación social.  FDLRC quiere saber qué es lo más importante para usted cuando se trata de servicios de recreación.  Lo invitamos a completer esta encuesta para ayudarnos a saber cuáles  son las necesides de la comunidad. Toma la Encuesta en Español


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