California State Departments for Disability Assistance

Get the resources you need with this contact list

If your child has a disability and you don't know where to find help, check out this list of department contacts in California. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. 

Special Education Division of the California Department of Education

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The Special Education Division of the California Department of Education oversees disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

California Department of Education
Special Education Division

1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 445-4602
Website: Department of Education Special Education Programs - Family Involvement and Partnerships

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

The Department of Developmental Services Children and Family Services Branch provides services to infants and young children with disabilities such as developmental instruction and speech, physical and occupational therapies.

Birth to Age Two:
Department of Developmental Services
Children and Family Services Branch
1600 9th Street, Room 330, MS 3-8
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-2773
Toll Free: (800) 515-2229
Website: Early Start

Ages Three to Five:
California Department of Education, Special Education Division Administrative Services Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 530
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 327-3547
Website: Family Involvement and Partnerships

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

The California Department of Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports.

Department of Rehabilitation
2000 Evergreen Street
Sacramento, CA 95815-3832
Telephone: (916) 263-8987
TTY - Telephone: (916) 263-7477
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

Mental Health Services Agency

Mental health services agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment and case management.

California Department of Mental Health
1600 9th Street, Room 151
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (501) 296-1775 (Voice and TTY)
Toll Free: (800) 482-1174 (Voice and TTY)
Website: Division of Behavioral Health Services

Disability Advocacy Services

The Office of Protection and Advocacy offers information and referrals related to disability issues as well as a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights and individual case advocacy.

Protection and Advocacy Inc.
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 185N
Sacramento, CA 95825-8219
Telephone: (916) 488-9950
Toll Free: (800) 776-5746 (In California)
Website: Protection and Advocacy

Department of Developmental Services

The California Department of Developmental Services provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. The regional centers help clients find and access services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Department of Developmental Services
California Health and Human Services Agency
1600 9th Street, Room 240
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-1897


Council on Developmental Disabilities

The council advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
1507 21st Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(866) 802-0514
(916) 322-8481

Council on Deveopmental Disabilities

Department of Rehabilitation Client Assistance Program (CAP)

A CAP advocate can provide you with information, advice and representation, including assistance in pursuing legal, administrative or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of your rights and to facilitate access to appropriate services.

Client Assistance Program
Department of Rehabilitation
2000 Evergreen Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95815
(800) 598-3273 (TTY)
(916) 263-7372
(866) 712-1085 (TTY)
Client Assistance Programs

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

California Children's Services (CCS) is a state program for children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need. CCS will connect you with doctors and trained health care professionals who know how to care for your child with special health care needs.

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children's Medical Services Branch
1515 K Street, Room 400
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 327-1400

State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Healthy Families is low-cost insurance for children and teens. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal.

State CHIP Program
Healthy Families Program
P.O. Box 138005
Sacramento, CA 95813-8005
(800) 880-5305 (in CA)

Children's Health Insurance Program

Programs for Children and Teens Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Office of Services to the Blind (OSB) provides information and referral on services, programs, entitlements and products of benefit to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and their families or service providers.

Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
State Office of Services to the Blind
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, MS 11-94
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-3327
Programs for Blindness and Visual Impairments

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The ODA has two primary purposes. First, it acts as a liaison between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Director's Office and the deaf community, various programs, agencies and other organizations concerned with deafness or hearing loss.

Second, the ODA provides contract administration and program oversight of CDSS' contracts with a network of eight private nonprofit agencies that provide a variety of DAP services to California's deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened populations.

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

State Office of Deaf Access
Department of Social Services
744 P Street, MS 11-91
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-8320
(916) 653-7651 (TTY)
Deaf Services

Telecommunications Relay for People with Deafness or Hearing Impairments

The Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) is a California State mandated program, administered by the California Public Utilities Commission. The DDTP has two components: The California Telephone Access Program, which provides assistive telephone devices, and the California Relay Service. The programs are funded by a nominal surcharge on all telephone bills in the state. This surcharge appears on bills as "CA Relay Service and Communications Devices Fund."

Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments
(800) 735-2922 (Voice)
(800) 735-2929 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(800) 854-7784 (Speech to Speech)
California Telecommunication Relay Services

Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice.

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth & Adults
6160 Cornerstone Court, East
San Diego, CA 92121
(800) 432-7619 (V/TTY)
(858) 623-2777
(858) 646-0784 (TTY)
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

Regional ADA & Assistive Technology Assistance Center

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center (Pacific DBTAC) is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

Regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Center
DBTAC - Pacific ADA Center
555 12th Street, Suite 1030
Oakland, CA 94607
(800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)
(510) 285-5600 (V/TTY)

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

University Centers for Excellence provide knowledge, expertise and resources to persons with disabilities and community service delivery systems to support quality of life and inclusion of people with disabilities and their families.

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Tarjan Center at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 3302
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967
(310) 825-0170
Tarjan Center


Technology-Related Assistance

These agencies promote awareness about the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessible information technology and the rights and abilities of people with disabilities.

California Assistive Technology System
Department of Rehabilitation
2000 Evergreen Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 274-6325 (V/TTY)

State Mediation System

Mediation services help people with disabilities negotiate for appropriate services in a less adversarial way than through the court system, administrative hearings or the formal complaint process.

Department of Education

Special Education Division
1430 N Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-2196

Disability Library Services

Disability library services are provided at no cost to blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped and people with learning and mental disabilities. The program provides special format reading materials, playback equipment and other library resources to qualifying users. Free mailing privileges are usually provided.

Braille Institute Library Services

741 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3594
(800) 808-2555
(323) 663-1111, ext. 500
(323) 660-3880 (TTY)
Braille Library

Blindness, Visual Impairments

National Federation of the Blind of California

5530 Corbin Avenue, Suite 313
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 342-6524
(877) 558-6524

The Center for the Partially Sighted
12301 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(800) 481-EYES (3937)
(310) 458-3501

Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento
191 Lathrop Way, Suite N
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 565-7700

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of San Diego
c/o The Exceptional Family Resource Center
9245 Sky Park Court, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92123
(619) 276-4494

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County
2055 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 296-0161

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
5777 W. Century Boulevard, Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(800) 564-0445
(310) 670-2870

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of California
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 552-6619

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of California
6060 Sunrise Vista Drive, Suite 1999
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(866) 532-6322
(916) 725-7881

Mental Health and Mental Illness

Mental Health Association in California
1127 11th Street, Suite 925
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1167

NAMI California
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 195
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 567-0163

Advocacy Agency

United Advocates for Children and Families
2035 Hurley Way, Suite 290
Sacramento, CA 95825
(866) 643-1530
(916) 643-1530, ext. 106

Speech, Language and Hearing Impairments

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(representing speech-language pathologists and audiologists)

825 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825-6724
(916) 921-1568

Spina Bifida - Neural Tube Disorders

Spina Bifida Association of Greater San Diego
P.O. Box 232272
San Diego, CA 92193-2272
(619) 491-9018