Posted on August 13, 2014 8:40 pm

Family Portal

Welcome to the Family Portal!

From this page, you can link to information about the services we offer, eligibility for FNRC services, making an application for services, and finding other sites that offer support to family members.


Far Northern Regional Center provides services and supports to eligible individuals and their families. These services include: case management, diagnosis and evaluation, health services, genetic services, respite care, developmental services, and legal and financial services. For more detailed information, please view: Services.


Any resident of the State of California who has a developmental disability which constitutes a substantial handicap is eligible for services. The disability must have originated before the person is 18 years old. Developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other neurological conditions closely related to intellectual disability or requiring similar treatment.

Far Northern Regional Center provides services to people residing in Northern California who are residents of the following counties: Butte, Modoc, Siskiyou, Glenn, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen, Shasta or Trinity.

For more detailed information, please view: Eligibility.

Early Start and Prevention Program

Over 50 years of medical and educational research, plus the personal experience of families, teachers, and developmental specialists across the country, show that family-centered interventions during the first three years of a child's life – sometimes starting even before a newborn infant with special needs comes home from the hospital – can make a profound difference in a child's future. The earlier children with or at risk of disabilities receive assistance and the sooner their families receive support towards their children's development, the farther they will go in life.

For more detailed information, please view: Early Start.

Applying for Services

An online application form is available here: Apply for Services Online.

You may also call the nearest FNRC office or send an email message to us for information about applying for services. We will connect you to an Intake Specialist. An application must be made by an adult applicant, parent, conservator or guardian. Community members and service providers may also apply on behalf of another individual if they have permission from the person or the person’s legal guardian.

What Happens Next?

Within 120 days of the initial intake interview (45 days for the Early Start Program or 60 days for the Prevention Program) all of the information gathered during the intake process will be reviewed by an FNRC multi-disciplinary team. There is no charge for the diagnosis and eligibility assessments.

If determined eligible for services, you will be assigned a Service Coordinator who will assist you in developing a program plan for the services you need.

Other Resources

We’ve gathered together some links to other websites that may be of interest to you or to other family members.

For general information on topics related to disabilities and families, please view: Family Resources.

For information on parent education, please view: Parent Education.

For a list of websites based on specific developmental disabilities, please view: Center for Parent Information and Resources