Long-Term Care Services and Supports for Specific Conditions
2. Physical Disability
Find services for people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters such as earthquakes at the California Emergency Management Agency.
Drivers with disabilities
The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides information and supports for disabled drivers.
On the job
The Disabilities 101 website is a resourceful, highly recommended place to start if you want an overview and answers to a wide range of questions about living with a disability.
The California Employment Development Department is responsible for Disability Insurance and other supports and training for people living with disabilities and who work.
The California Department of Industrial Relations conducts disability evaluations in coordination with the Workers' Compensation program.
The California Department of Health Care Services also offers the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program with local offices that provide preventive health assessment services to children up to age 19 whose families have little income. Health assessments are provided by enrolled doctors, local health departments, community clinics, managed care plans, and some local school districts.
For people with vision impairments
The California Department of Social Services Office of Services to the Blind offers supports including a Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program.
The California State Library has a Braille and Talking Book Library that includes downloadable digital audio books, digital audio books, and other services such NEWSLINE®, a toll-free number offering dozens of national and local newspapers using synthetic speach, a telephone reader for news and schedules, and assistive technologies.
For deaf people
The California Department of Social Services provides supports through the Office of Deaf Access.
For independent living and working
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) helps Californians with any type of disability keep their jobs and supports their ability to live independently in their communities. DOR provides vocational rehabilitation services to eligible Californians. DOR provides technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and delivers services through a network of 29 Independent Living Centers. Independent Living Center staff can help individuals with disabilities live active, independent lives.
Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities prepare for employment by offering training, education, transportation, and job placement. DOR offers these programs:
DOR has over 85 field offices located throughout California.
3. Developmental Disability
Learn about services and supports for children with developmental disability and their families.
Regional Center staff will complete an assessment to determine eligibility for services and provide you with information about support services and living options.
The Department of Developmental Services also operates five live-in State Developmental Centers located in San Jose, Costa Mesa, Pomona, Porterville, and Eldridge (Sonoma County), and two smaller state-operated community facilities located in Yuba City and Cathedral City.
A Regional Center near you has knowledgeable staff who will help you find services and supports to help over your lifetime.
The California Department of Developmental Services offers a program called Early Start for children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental delay or are at risk of delayed development or a developmental disability. Parents at risk of having a child with a developmental disability may be eligible for genetic diagnosis, counseling, and other prevention services.
For adult consumers
Consumer information, materials, advocacy resources, and additional links are available for you at the California Department of Developmental Services Consumer Corner.
4. Mental Illness
5. Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
The national Alzheimer's Association lets you search for an Alzheimer's Support Program near you.
6. Traumatic Brain Injury
The Traumatic Brain Injury Services of California provides information about traumatic brain injury for the elderly and veterans with war injuries.
If you are a caregiver for someone with a traumatic brain injury, the national Family Care Giver Alliance has information and resources that can help you.
The national Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center offers information about the supports available to veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
The California Department of Public Health has an Office of AIDS.
8. Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, and Problem Gambling
The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is responsible for administering prevention, treatment, and recovery services for people with alcohol and drug abuse and problem gambling. These services are offered by county health departments. The department licenses and certifies a variety of residential and outpatient program services throughout the state.
Families can find help for problem gambling.
Find help for alcohol and drug problems through crisis call numbers and local treatment contacts.
9. Children affected by alcohol or drugs:
The need for long-term care services for a child may be the result of alcohol or drug abuse. The California Department of Alcohol and Drugs covers diagnosis and treatment services for children affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
Youth experiencing problems related to alcohol and drug use in Butte, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Shasta, and Tehama counties may enroll in California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE) programs at CaliforniaCares4youth.com.