Are you a family of a child who has medical needs? Do you know someone who is? Raising a medically fragile or special needs child can be expensive and insurance does not cover all costs. Below are some resource links that may find useful or to brighten up a child’s day.

Families are also encouraged to ask for service resources at a local children’s hospital or with the child's physician. They may have more specific local organizations that can help.

General Services and Resources

Links to Websites that can assist families:

in-home, educationally based program for children with developmental delays or children "at risk" for developmental delay
Big Brothers Big Sisters Supportive role models and mentors
Brightstar Care
Home care services and assistance for babies and children with special needs
California Children’s Services (CCS)
Medical treatment and case management for children with eligible medical conditions and family income levels
California Psych care
Support for families with developmental disabilities
CenCal (Medi-Cal)
Medi-Cal managed care provider for SLO County members. Also mental health providers for Medi-Cal children with mild to moderate mental health issues
Central Coast Assistive Technology Technology Lending Library
Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center Family events, online resource guide.
Central Coast Family
Free Newsletter for SLO and North Santa Barbara County
Child Development Resource Center Educational and therapeutic programs for families in need
Children’s Resource Network Services and Programs for children and youth in SLO and Santa Barbara Counties.

County Department of Social Services In Home Support Services
Local Public Schools
Complete listing of San Luis school district special education contacts
Martha’s Place/County Behavioral Health
Mental and physical health assessments and services for Medi-Cal children with at-risk behaviors, emotional issues, or suspected prenatal alcohol or drug exposure
Oral Health Coordinator
Helping child-serving professionals to obtain pediatric dental referrals
Parent Connection
Online listing of all parenting resources, parent education classes, and free and confidential parent coaching
Parents Helping Parents
Parent support groups and trainings, resource library, and advocacy program
PathPoint Disability Services
Serving Young Adults in Santa Barbara & SLO Counties
Pregnancy & Parenting Support of SLO County
Pregnancy support and parenting resources for families with children age 0-2
SLO Health Access INFO CENTER Special Needs families support and resources listings
SLOCounty Help me Grow
Free Developmental Screenings and supportive services
Social Security Administration Information for financial support for children with disabilities
Tri-Counties Regional Center
General services: For ages 3+ with developmental disabilities

Specific Disability Resources

Autism Spectrum: SLO Excursions
Wired Like This
California Psych care
Sports Opportunities: Wheelchair Soccer for kids

Area Specific Resources

Help for parents in overcoming barriers to health care and basic needs for their children:
South County: So.Co.SAFE FRC 805-474-2105
North County: The LINK 805-466-5404
SLCUSD: (SLO) 805-458-5499
Coastal Area: 805-540-3365

Free Parent Helplines:
North County-805-904-1411
South County AND ESPANOL Countywide-805-462-7135

Additional Parent Resources-Digital

Time 4 LearningSpecial Needs Child Activities
SLO City Parks and RecreationVirtual Rec. Center, Local Activities & Programs
San Luis Coastal School DistrictGuide to the IEP Process
At Home Kid's projectsActivities & Ideas with Links
Kiddos A Go-GoLocal Activities List for SLO Area Families