Intake is the procedure by which data is gathered to determine eligibility
for regional center services. This data includes social, medical, and
psychological information. Information may come from outside sources or
from in-house interviews, examinations and testing. The intake process
consists of five steps, which may take up to 120 days.
Referrals for intake can be made by parents, legal guardians or conservators.
People can refer themselves to the Regional Center if they are 18 years
or older. Professionals and concerned persons may make a referral, however,
permission of the individual, parent or legal guardian is necessary.
Legally ordered evaluations may come from the courts or Department of
Children and Family Services.
2. Social History
Once the referral is accepted, the applicant will meet with a Westside
Regional Center Intake Counselor to begin gathering background information.
This information will include health and developmental history as well
as information provided by family members. At this time, the intake process
will be explained, including services that may be available if the applicant
is found eligible.
3. Psychological Assessment
Psychological testing may be completed by Westside Regional Center to
determine if the applicant has an eligible diagnosis. Recent evaluations
attained in the community may be presented for review, and at times may
be used instead of re-evaluation at WRC.
4. Medical Assessment
Recent medical information concerning each applicant is needed. Medical
records and physician's assessments will be requested. These records
will be reviewed and possibly used in place of a WRC assessment. The applicant
may be evaluated by a Westside Regional Center physician.
5. Eligibility Determination
A multidisciplinary team meets to review all gathered information. This
team determines if the applicant meets the criteria for eligibility. If
the applicant is found eligible, a meeting is held with all concerned
parties to develop a Person Centered Plan. If the applicant is not eligible,
appropriate community referrals and recommendations are made and our appeal