Consumers & Family Information
Kern Regional Center's purpose is to provide supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them achieve an independent, productive, and satisfying life.
Any person suspected of having a developmental disability intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other handicapping condition found to be closely related to mental retardation or to require similar care) is eligible to receive free diagnosis and assessment services.
In order to be eligible for ongoing services, the person must be found to have a developmental disability which ocurred prior to the age of eighteen and which constitutes a substantial handicap.
In addition, early intervention services can be provided to infants between birth and three years of age who are believed at high risk of having a developmental disability.
Further, pre-natal diagnosis and other genetic counseling services can be provided to pregnant women who are believed to be at risk of giving birth to a child with a developmental disability