Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center will continue to operate during the “Safer at Home” order in place for Los Angeles County.  The ELARC office buildings will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. Our main number is (626) 299-4700. The best way to reach your Service Coordinator is by email or phone, view the staff phone list here.  We want you to stay safe and be well. Additional information is available at ELARC/COVID-19.


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Listed below are some basic Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that is not listed below, please email it to Additionally, view "The 29 Questions" with answers from ELARC (view in Spanish [en espanol]).

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What does a Regional Center do?

  • What is a Developmental Disability?

  • What is Epilepsy?

  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

  • What is Cerebral Palsy?

  • What is an Intellectual Disability?

  • Who is eligible for Regional Center Services?

  • What is the purpose of the Regional Center Board?

  • Is ELARC on Social Media?

  • What are the responsibilities of a regional center board?

  • What is the length of term Regional Center Board members serve?

  • Does the Regional Center help board members in carrying out their responsibilities?

  • How can I be on the ELARC Board?

  • What is a vendor record review?

  • When are the vendor record reviews conducted?

  • Should I keep copies of the Respite Services Billing Forms or any other forms (DS 1811)?

  • Should I keep proof of payments I have made to my respite worker(s)?

  • Does my respite worker need to have a social security number?

  • What are my responsibilities as an employer?

  • Should I have a 1099 or W-2 Form for each of my Respite Workers?