Intake & Assessment Services

If you believe you, a loved one, or someone you support may have developmental challenges, such as autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or intellectual disability which impact your ability to successfully navigate the community, or get your medical, educational or employment needs met, please reach out to Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) for more information about your specific situation.Regional Center Services are available to qualifying individuals from birth throughout the lifespan.

Referral Process

To make a referral to our Intake Department, please call us at:
Fresno Intake:  (559) 276-4480
Merced Intake: (209) 723-2944
Visalia Intake :  (559) 738-2240

You may also use the Referral Form and Eligibility Criteria document below to guide your conversation with our Intake Coordinators, or fax or mail the information to our Intake Department.

Fresno Fax: (559) 276-4449
Merced Fax: (209) 723-2442
Visalia Fax: (559) 738-5646

Mailing addresses
Fresno Intake – 4615 N. Marty Ave., Fresno, CA  93722
Merced Intake – 3172 M St., Merced, CA 95348
Visalia Intake – 5441 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia, Ca 93277

Email addresses:

Referral Form : PDF / Online
Eligibility CriteriaEnglish SpanishHmong

General Intake Process

♦  Referrals are taken by phone, fax, mail, or in person.

♦  An interview is scheduled with the individual and/or family within 15 working days to obtain further information and explain Regional Center services.

♦  Medical, psychological, educational and developmental information is obtained or evaluations performed as needed.

♦  In order to expedite the referral process, it is helpful to have as much information beforehand as possible.  However, this information will also be requested as part of the referral process.

♦  Your case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team for further recommendations. The agency teams are comprised of an intake counselor, physician and psychologist.

♦  The results of the diagnostic evaluations are fully explained to the individual and/or their family/guardian.

♦  The individual and/or their family/guardian will be assisted with follow-up services and referrals as needed.

♦  If found eligible for regional center services, an ongoing service coordinator will be assigned to assist you with developing your individual program plan (IPP) or individual family service plan (IFSP) through person-centered planning.  The IPP/IFSP describes your desired goals and outcomes (what’s important to you and what’s important for you) and guides the referral and purchase of services process.

♦  If you are not found eligible for regional center services, the Intake Counselor will assist you by making referrals to the appropriate outside agencies who are better equipped to support you in meeting your needs.  You also may appeal the decision if you feel it was made in error.