Frequently Asked Question:
Medi-Cal, called Medicaid in other states, provides quality health coverage to qualifying residents of California. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal include the aged, blind and disabled, those in long-term care, the medically needy, and those deemed eligible as a result of qualifying for other services, such as CalWORKs.
A conservatorship is when a judge appoints another person to act or make decisions for the person who needs help. The person the judge appoints is called the conservator. The person who needs the help is the conservatee. A judge can only appoint a conservator if other less restrictive options won't work.
A power of attorney (POA) agreement allows one person to name another person to make financial or other decisions on their behalf. A POA can be either “durable” or “springing.”
CCS Resource and Referral Guide
Resources and tools for parents/caregivers to help their youth and young adults transition smoothly to adult health care.
- Visit the Got Transition website
Independent Living Centers
Independent Living Centers ILRU's National IL-NET T&TA Center for CILs supports the independent living movement and the operation, management, and evaluation of strong and effective centers for independent living led and staffed by people who practice the independent living philosophy. The Center fulfills this mission by providing a continuum of information, training and technical assistance designed to assist centers to operate effective organizations.
- Visit the Directory of Centers for Independent Living website
- Visit the Disability Action Center's Independent Living website
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.
- Apply for Supplemental Security Income
Far Northern Regional Center
Provides services and support that allows persons with developmental disabilities to live productive lives as welcomed members of their community.
- Visit the Far Northern Regional Center website
Disability Action Center (DAC)
DAC is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1980 to meet specific needs of people with disabilities living in Northern California.
Their dedicated staff provides free support to help community members with disabilities achieve and/or maintain their optimal level of self-reliance and independence. They can provide support services such as information, housing assistance, and provider referrals. Their goal is to work with each individual client to eliminate barriers (physical, emotional, societal, etc.) to increase opportunities for participation in the community.
DAC serves Northern California Counties including: Colusa, Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen, Siskiyou, and Modoc.
- Visit the Disability Action Center website
- Visit the Disability Action Center's Youth Transition website
Disability Rights CA (DRC)
Disability Rights defends, advances and strengthens the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. DRC’s vision is to work for a world where all disabled people have power and are treated with dignity and respect. In this world, people with disabilities are supported, valued, included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and make their own decisions.
CA advocacy group
Specializes in helping families with children diagnosed with or suspected of having developmental disabilities—from mild to severe—obtain the tools, programs and social services needed for the best quality of life.
- Learn more about CA Advocacy Group services.
In Home Support Services (IHSS)
The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be 65 year of age and over, or disabled, or blind. Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.
- Learn more about In Home Support Services
The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.
JDRF: Type 1 Diabetes Resources and Support
Living with the burden of T1D can be overwhelming at times. But you’re never alone. The JDRF community has your back. JDRF is the leading global organization harnessing the power of research, advocacy, and community engagement to advance life-changing breakthroughs for type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF provides online support for persons living with diabetes with a special link focusing on support of teens living with Type 1 Diabetes.