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Regional Center and Copayment Assistance

Published: Nov. 19, 2021Updated: Mar. 30, 2023
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Regional Center will assist with copays for services that are required to meet the goals in an Individualized Program Plan — including therapies — for families with income under 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Limited exceptions may apply in cases of extenuating circumstances or significant unreimbursed medical expenses for the child (read more on this below).

To see whether you may be eligible, multiply the figure in this chart by 4 based on your household size.

Do not include income from In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) in your calculation if you are a parent provider for your child.

In some limited circumstances, Regional Center may provide copayment assistance for families who are above 400% FPL, typically when there are extenuating circumstances or extraordinary medical expenses. Regional Center may agree to consider your extenuating circumstances before issuing a decision, or you may need to file a request for hearing if you have already received a denial based on excess income.

Families who have secondary or “straight” Medi-Cal coverage may need to demonstrate to Regional Center that the provider does not accept Medi-Cal, as Medi-Cal can also assist with copayments when the provider is a contracted Medi-Cal provider under the recipient’s specific plan or program type.

You can read more about the requirements here from Disability Rights California.


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Related Parent Questions

What if I am denied Regional Center services?
If the Regional Center determines that your child is not eligible to become a Regional Center consumer and you disagree with their decision, you can file a written appeal within 30 days of receipt of the decision.
How do I find my local Regional Center?
Which Regional Center you apply to is determined by your zip code. To look up your nearest Regional Center, use the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) website.
Will Regional Center pay for behavioral services?
The Regional Center may refer parents to community resources, fund educational sessions or workshops to aid parents in addressing their children’s behaviors at home, or fund in-home consultation with a credentialed behaviorist.

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