The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community. These services are in addition to those provided within the health, education, and social services systems.


Assessments are provided following the initial application for services, during the intake and assessment period. These are done for the purpose of establishing eligibility for Regional Center services, and also to provide the basis for an initial Individual Program Plan for eligible consumers.

Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)

After an individual is found to be eligible for Regional Center services and needs are identified, a written plan is developed. This plan is called the Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children 0-3 years of age. Both include goals and objectives designed to meet client/family needs.

Case Management Services

The primary goal of the San Diego Regional Center is to provide support services that allow the consumer to live as independently as possible. To achieve this goal, service coordinators assist the consumer in securing needed services through referral or purchase, by coordinating service programs, and by advocating for provision of services through other community agencies.

Purchase of Services

In securing services and supports, the Planning Team considers natural supports and community agencies. The Regional Center may purchase services that are necessary and not available through other organizations, which may include:

  • Adult Day Programs
  • Behavioral Training
  • Independent Living Services
  • Infant Programs and Services
  • Licensed Residential Placement (parental reimbursement fees may be required for minors)
  • Respite Services
  • Supported Employment
  • Supported Living Services
  • Transportation to Work/Day Program

Community Services

Public information, community education and the development of needed resources are provided by the staff in this department.