Traditional Therapy Funding Sources
Where to Start When Trying to Fund Services
For Children Younger Than 3
Does your child have a physical limitation, chronic health condition, or disease?
California Children's Services (California only)
California Children's Services (CCS) is a statewide program that treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic conditions or diseases. For eligible children up to 21 years old, CCS may pay for treatment, doctor services, hospital and surgical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, lab tests, x-rays, orthopedic appliances, and medical equipment.
For more information about who qualifies, how to apply, and what CCS can offer, click below:
Do you have medical insurance?
Does your plan cover the type of services and the amount of services your child needs?
Are you able to afford your deductible, copay, and/or coinsurance?
Download the form linked below to learn how to contact your insurance and ALL the questions to ask to understand the costs associated with the services your child needs.
Find a clinic that takes your insurance (most clinics list the funding sources they accept on their website). Contact them and they should help you through the process and let you know what you need. You may need to get a referral from your doctor or preauthorization from your insurance before starting services. Be sure to ask about the length of their waiting lists for evaluation AND treatment. You may need to contact multiple clinics.
Government Funded Early Intervention Services
Each state provides funding for Early Intervention services.
Click HERE to find an Early Intervention program anywhere in the US.
In California, Early Intervention services are provided by local Regional Centers. If you live in California and would like to find your local Regional Center click HERE.
Our local program is provided by the Inland Regional Center, which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
For more about the Inland Regional Center, click below:
For Children Older Than 3
Utilize the School District AND your Medical Insurance
For children 3-4 years old:
Call your local preschool clerk or school district directly to request an evaluation.
For children 5+:
Request an evaluation in writing to your child's teacher, principal, or special education office.
In general, to qualify for special education, ALL the following must be true:
The child must have one or more eligible disabilities
The disability must negatively affect educational performance
The disability must require special education and related services.