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Eligibility Requirements & Process
Kern Regional Center (KRC) is one of 21 private, non-profit organizations under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to coordinate and provide community-based services to persons with developmental disabilities (consumers), as well as providing Early Start services for infants and toddlers with certain delays and established risk conditions. KRC serves people who live in the Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties.
Would you like to find out if you or a family member is eligible to receive services through Kern Regional Center? Depending on the age of the person applying, you will need to complete either the Early Start Program application or Lanterman Act Services application to begin the intake process.
Before you complete an application, please read the information below.
Early Start Program (Ages 0-3)
An application must be completed in order to assist the Kern Regional Center (KRC) to determine eligibility for the California Early Start Program. Eligibility for Early Start is based on an infant or toddler having one or more of the following conditions:
An Established Risk condition. This is a diagnosed medical condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, and/or disability.
A 33% delay in one or more of the following developmental areas: cognitive, language (expressive/receptive), social/emotional, self-care/adaptive and motor (fine/gross).
To determine your child’s eligibility, KRC will complete an evaluation to assess your child’s developmental level. Additionally, a review of your child’s medical history/records is required. This application contains the necessary forms required for KRC to initiate the evaluation process. Early Start eligibility determination may take up to 45 days.
Lanterman Act Services (Ages 3+ through Adult)
An application must be completed in order to assist the Kern Regional Center (KRC) to determine eligibility for services under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. To be eligible for Regional Center Services an individual must have a Developmental Disability as per California Law and Regulation.
A developmental disability is a condition attributable to:
Disabling conditions found to be closely related to mental retardation or requiring treatment similar to.
Additionally, the disability must: Originate prior to the age of 18, continues or is expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial disability for the person. Substantial disability means significant functional limitation in three or more of the following areas of life activity: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity of independent living, economic self-sufficiency. A developmental disability does not include other handicapping conditions that are solely physical n nature, solely psychiatric in nature and solely learning disabilities.
To determine the applicant’s eligibility, KRC will complete an intake assessment which may include collection of historical diagnostic information, such as medical records, school records, prior psychological testing as well as provision of diagnostic evaluation (s) if indicated. This application contains the necessary forms required for KRC to initiate the evaluation process. The applicant’s information is confidential and will only be released with your written consent. Please be informed that the evaluation process cannot begin prior to receipt of your written consent. Eligibility determination may take up to 120 days.