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Referrals
People are referred to VMRC by schools, hospitals, doctors, other families, etc.  When they or their families contact VMRC, persons three years of age or older are assigned an Intake Coordinator whose job is to acquaint the applicant and his/her family with VMRC and its services, coordinate the diagnostic and eligibility determination process, and provide any needed short term interventions.

The Team
An interdisciplinary team consisting of the Intake Coordinator, various specialists, and the family, determines whether the applicant has a substantial handicap caused by a developmental disability. This process requires written evaluations and various diagnostic tests (usually at least a medical, psychological or developmental evaluation).

Under 3 Years Old
Youngsters under three years of age are referred directly to an Early Start Intake Coordinator who begins the eligibility determination process. It is important to meet legally-mandated timelines so that the child and family can begin receiving services as soon as possible.

Who to Contact for Services:
To refer a child or adult for an assessment of eligibility call any VMRC office.

In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

110 thoughts on “How To Apply For Services”

  1. Gil Seegmiller says:

    I am a conservator of my younger brother with ASD. I am highly interested in transferring his case to your county.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Gil,

      I just replied to your question via email.

    2. Leola Powell says:

      I am the care giver for my 2sons they some from mental health I trying to get applying for the program work shop lam also disable and on SSI

      1. Doug Bonnet says:

        Hi Leola,

        I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

      2. Doug Bonnet says:

        Hi Leola,

        I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

    3. How do i apply for assistance for my son whom is 3 with Autism

      1. Doug Bonnet says:

        Hi Tamar,

        I just sent you an email with some information.

        1. Melissa Geary says:

          Please email me also, for information about services referral.

          1. Doug Bonnet says:

            Hi Melissa,

            I just sent you an email. If you would like to refer someone to us, the directions are located here https://www.vmrc.net/how-to-apply-for-services-2/

        2. Janett Cruz says:

          I am trying to get my son assessed and have left several messages. Can anyone help me?

          1. Doug Bonnet says:

            Hi Janett,

            I just sent you a private email.

    4. Nicole B says:

      Hello. i have a 16 month daughter who i believe may be autistic. her doctor continues to sweep it under the rug when i ask, i’m wanting to get her evaluated.

      1. Doug Bonnet says:

        Hi Nicole,

        I just replied to you via email.

  2. Melinda Drewrey says:

    Regarding eligibility for Allison Schmidt. DOB 9.22.1972. I called on 9-14-19 to apply. Requesting status update please 916.316.0429

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Melinda,

      I’ve forwarded your inquiry to our intake manager who will look into this.

      1. I called to get my son services and spoke with someone on Jan 23rd . Several weeks have gone by and I have not been contacted for an intake appointment.

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hi Nadell,

          I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

      2. Stephanie Rodriguez says:

        Been trying since Friday February 21, 2020 to get my child tested i’ve left 2 messages and no response.

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hi Stephanie,

          I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

    2. Leslie remick says:

      I called last week and left a message regarding my son…Wednesday I believe. No rerun call. Hoping I can get into contact with someone soon.

      1. Doug Bonnet says:

        Leslie,

        I just sent you an email following up on this.

  3. Maria says:

    Hi, We are new to this process, my son was recently diagnosed and I was given this website to reach out for help with therapy. I have also called the main line and left a detailed message. Thank you in advance.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Maria,

      I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

  4. cassandra wray says:

    I need a form for a medical waiver ( we make too much but not enough to pay for all the services ) . My son was just diagnosed with autism today through vmrc.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Cassandra,

      I just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

  5. I have an adult son who I think needs ur services. he was special ed his entire school time.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Sandi,

      I just sent you some information via email.

      1. Maria says:

        Hi there, my son was diagnosed with ODD, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder I’m looking to get more services for him as well as maybe another evaluation how do I go about that

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hi Maria. Please contact our referral specialist at the county in which you reside:

          In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
          In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
          In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  6. SANDRA ORTIZ says:

    Hola buenas noches, tengo un niño de casi 5 años y últimamente, no ha tenido un buen comportamiento, se frustra demaciado, me interesa mucho recibir asistencia. Una amiga me dijo recomendo venir al centro! No sabia a donde dirigirme!!!

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hola Sandra, gracias por su llamada. Una de nuestras especialistas en referencias que habla español le llmará por teléfono.

      1. Amanda McFadden says:

        I need an assessment for my 7 year old. Can someone email info?

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hi Amanda, I just sent you an email with some follow up questions so we can get you in touch with the right office.

  7. Jennifer Kokochak says:

    I would like to find out if a 40 year family member qualifies for services. How should I proceed.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Jennifer, I just sent you an email with some follow up questions about your family member. This way we can better find out who to put you in contact with at one of our offices.

  8. Joyce Montoya says:

    Hello, I am looking for information for my daughter. I was referred by her school district and teacher. I did leave a phone message. Thank you.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Joyce, we definitely can help you out. I just sent you an email with some follow up questions, then we can get you in touch with one of our intake units.

      1. Marisela says:

        My son is in a special ed class how can i get him evaluated for autism

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Thank you for reaching out. Your next step would be to contact our referral specialist at:

          In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
          In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
          In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  9. Janae López says:

    How do i find out who my case worker is because it’s been a little while since we got services and i need some assistance.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi,
      I can help you out. I just sent you an email and we can find out who your case worker is.

  10. G. Channel says:

    Hello, I have a 29 yr old son who was diagnosed ASD at 2 yrs old. He was in special education classes all through school and is now on permanent SSI. How should we proceed in finding out if he is eligible for regional services? We were never informed all of these years of the services available to him and they are greatly needed. thank you

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Thank you for reaching out. Your next step would be to contact our referral specialist at:

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  11. Bianca Arechiga says:

    Hello, my 4 year old son’s school psychologist recently mentioned he shows signs of Autism. I’m hoping we can receive help from VMRC since his insurance won’t cover it. I’ve tried reaching by phone a couple of times but so far have not heard back. Thank you in advance.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Bianca, I just sent you an email with a few additional questions so that I can look up your son’s referral.

    2. Carina Leyva says:

      My son’s pediatrician said my 3 year old highly to have autism. And a family member said to contact you guys for further help and resources. My son’s Dr said to write a letter to my local school but my son is not in school yet. I really don’t know what to do.

      1. Doug Bonnet says:

        Hi. I just sent you an email with a few follow up questions about your son so I can direct you to the right person in our system.

  12. Cassandra Stubblefield says:

    Hi there!

    My 11 year old son has Tourette’s syndrome. We are really struggling with getting him the behavioral therapy necessary, is this something you guys can assist us with? Any information is very much appreciated!

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Cassandra, is your son currently a consumer with us?

  13. Alexis Sawyer says:

    My son received services through you till 3 where he was transferred to county services. I had recieved a phone to close out his case but thought it was a spam call. I would like to talk about what services he can still get through you guys being he hasn’t been getting help at all due to corona virus. I dont remember the name of the woman that originally called me but amy information on what help you can offer would be appreciated.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Alexis, please check your email as I just sent you a few follow up questions for us to help you out.

      1. sandya says:

        i know a family daughter is about 10 or 11. She got evaluated for speech services in school and her eye sight is poor.
        Family doesn’t have medical and barely make living. I went last weekend and they were out of food. Mother also has some trauma in life. Mother was premature but in her country she never received any services. when she migrated to usa she didnt have medical till this day to receive services. She never made it to high school. They have older daughter too but due to medical issues they didnt get evaluated. If you know anything that might help them please let me know. Mother has immigration status issues. Father petitioned mother, she had green card but initially mothers family were on asylum after marriage mother was sponsored by father which got approved and hse had green card which expired lin august. Mother appeared for citizenship interview but she was questioned on trauma she had in her country. Mother doesnt want to speak about it. So answered anyhow. Mother went to anxiety and depression. She passed citizenship test but immigration officer asked questions on asylum which brought back trauma and shock to mother. Immigration office confused mother’s case with mother’s sisters case. thinking that mother has asylum approved. Immigration attorney sent application to renew green card but its still pending. Sp 60 percent of income is going to attorney fees.
        Looking at their situation with no medical and limited food supplies, its worse than mine.
        Please let me know if you can guide them

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hello. I just sent you a follow up email to gather some more information so that we can try and assist this family as best as possible.

  14. marisela says:

    How can i get my son evaluated for autism

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Thank you for reaching out. Your next step would be to contact our referral specialist at:

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

      1. Vanessa says:

        Hello, may I please have your intake email address?

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          You can send an email to DBonnet@vmrc.net

          1. Renda Ma says:

            Hello, my 2yo sons doctor referred me, I have some concerns that my son may have autism and I would like to have him evaluated. I called and left a message and have yet heard anything back.

            1. Doug Bonnet says:

              Hi Renda, have you received a phone call back yet?

            2. Renda Ma says:

              They have not called back, i called again 10 minutes ago and left another message with the machine. Im assuming they just directed me to my locations facility. Please help.

            3. Doug Bonnet says:

              Ok. Can you please send me an email at DBonnet@vmrc.net with your phone number, and your child’s name and date of birth?

  15. Barbara Ramos says:

    I am concerned about my grandson. I need someone to evaluate him as soon as possible because he needs help. Please help him. Thank you.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Barbara:

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

      This will start the referral process for your grandson.

  16. Cara says:

    My husband left a voice mail a few days ago to find out about getting my 2 1/2 year old son evaluated. Nobody has returned his call, how long does that typically take?

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Cara,

      Early Start regulations require the regional center to assess your son within 45 days of the date of referral.

      I just sent you a separate email.

      1. Elda Montemayor says:

        Hi im wanting info. And help understanding my 4 year old. Daughter she talks very little understands everything I say,she talks to some friends not to me tho ,I’ve heard talk repeat 1 to 10 colors knows some songs but she won’t do it if I want to sing with her or just want her to sing what she knows smart she is b u t I feel she acts like a 2 year old gives my eye contact way more than when she was like 2 and half . So my point sorry I cN go on and on so many questions as well I’ve finally told myself I need help please email me call me I will leave number when email me back 2095031056 Elda Montemayor my name her is Elda Josie Montemayor Nave.

        1. Doug Bonnet says:

          Hi Elda, I’ve just sent you an email with some follow up questions.

  17. Victoria Amaral says:

    Hello. I have been trying to get ahold of someone at VMRC for the past couple of weeks concerning services for my 3-year-old granddaughter who shows markers for autism. I have left 2 detailed messages and I still have not received a callback. Could someone please respond to my request. Thank you.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Victoria, I just sent you an email to gather more information so we can contact you today.

      1. Victoria Amaral says:

        Hi, Doug. I have not received any emails from you.

  18. Victoria Amaral says:

    Hi, Doug. I have not received any emails from you.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      I just sent it!

  19. Joshua Daniel says:

    We live in Atwater, CA, which is Merced County (just south of Stanislaus County) … we have heard great things from other parents … can we also apply our two autistic children for your services?

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Joshua…unfortunately Atwater and Merced County are not in the catchment area that VMRC serves. Your Regional Center would be Central Valley Regional Center, https://www.cvrc.org/ .

  20. I wanted to see who I was assigned to (caseworker)??can u help me it’s been a while since I used valley mountain regional centers services but need them now please help me

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Victoria. I just sent you an email asking you for some more information so that I can look up your Service Coordinator.

  21. Thank for the quick response

  22. Rita Garcia says:

    Hello I’m asking for help for my twins his doctor said they are on high risk for autism, I left 2 messages already but not response please help me

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Rita, I just sent you a follow up email.

  23. Hi I haven’t been notified about who my worker is yet I sent a reply with my birth and all the info u asked for but nothing

    1. Hi I haven’t been notified about who my worker is yet I sent a reply with my birth and all the info u asked for but nothing HELLO ITS IMPORTANT I TALK WITH THEM PLEASE

  24. Maria Martinez says:

    Do you guys offer services to children with ADHD and ODD

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Maria, ADHD and ODD alone are not qualifying conditions for children over age 3. They could potentially be eligible if they are under age 3. To make a referral:

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  25. Timothy McCoy says:

    Hi,
    I called and left a voicemail on the referrals line, but I wanted to leave a comment as well. I am looking to enroll my two year old son in speech therapy. If someone could reach out with more information on this it would be much appreciated.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Mr. McCoy. I just reached out to you via email to see if you had been contacted yet.

  26. Amado juarez says:

    Hello im intrested in your services my son is 19 an I believe he may have a slight high functioning spectrum of something i need info on how to go about this please email at this adress i have provided ty

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Amado,

      Who to Contact for Services:
      To refer a child or adult for an assessment of eligibility call any VMRC office.

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  27. Marisol Matias says:

    Hi I would like to get my daughter assessed she is 4 and doesn’t speak clearly.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Marisol,

      Who to Contact for Services:
      To refer a child or adult for an assessment of eligibility call any VMRC office.

      In San Joaquin County call: (209) 473-0951
      In Stanislaus County call: (209) 529-2626
      In Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne County call: (209) 754-1871

  28. Marcela Hernandez says:

    My son was referred over 2 weeks ago for a evaluation and I have not heard back. Can someone please get back to me soon as my son is missing school time until the evaluation is complete

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Marcela,

      I just reached out to you via email to follow up with you.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hello, I can’t quite make out your message so I have sent you an email.

  29. Lisa Jewett says:

    I called about to weeks ago and left a message with the referral department and I still haven’t heard back.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Lisa, We are looking into this and will be in touch with you.

  30. Erica Uribe says:

    Hi, I would like to get my 2 year old twins enrolled in speech therapy. Any information would be appreciated! Thank you

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hello, I just sent you an email. We need some more information in order to help you out.

  31. Rajender says:

    Hello – I am trying to get my child evaluated for Speech delay issue and i am always reaching the Voicemail. I have left several voicemail’s with out any success. Can you please let me know the alternatives to get the evaluation done?

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hello, I just sent you a follow up email to get some more information.

  32. Renee Southard says:

    Hi,
    My name is Renee Southard. My son Paul is 1 and 4 months and has spina bifida. I was wondering if you were able to evaluate him for physical therapy. Please let me know any sort of information. Thank you

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hello Renee, I’ve sent you a follow up email with a few additional questions.

  33. Jackie B. says:

    How do I apply for a child assessment? I left a message at 209-529-2626 over a month ago and have not received a return call.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Jackie,

      We apologize about not getting back to you. We had some issues with our phones. I’ve just sent your message over to our Intake Coordinator in Modesto.

  34. Stephanie says:

    Hi I am trying to see about getting my son who 2.5 for speech delay?

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Hi Stephanie, I’ve sent you an email requesting some more information.

  35. Chandra says:

    Hello, I need to have my son assessed please.

    1. Doug Bonnet says:

      Ok. I’ve sent you an email with some follow up questions that we will need to begin the referral process.

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