Clinical and Community Services

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At the USC UCEDD at CHLA, we are tasked by the Developmental Disabilities Act to provide community services, supports, and assistance for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through demonstration and model activities.

We do this through the work of our Division of General Pediatrics at CHLA, which includes individuals from multiple disciplines (pediatrics, psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech and audiology, public health, etc.) who work to provide care to underserved individuals and their families throughout the lifespan. Caring for individuals with developmental disabilities is infused in all that we do.

Primary Care for Individuals with Special Needs (including complex medical conditions and/or developmental disabilities) is provided by CHLA Pediatricians in partnership with AltaMed in our General Pediatrics clinic: 323-669-2113

Special programs provided for all, including individuals with developmental disabilities, include:

  • The Patient Centered Medical Home Program which embeds nurse case management in the primary care setting

  • Bodyworks which provides dietary and physical activity counseling and weight management

  • The Lactation Clinic which provides breastfeeding support to all, including mothers and infants with developmental disabilities

  • The Parent Navigator Program, which employs individuals with lived experience to help families navigate and get connected to the DD service system

  • Hablamos Juntos, which provides family-based support for children with speech delay

  • Spina Bifida Program

  • Transition Program 

  • Newborn Clinic (Maternal Fetal Medicine)

  • Colorectal Clinic  


Mental and Behavioral Health Care

Specialty mental health care inclusive of individuals with developmental disabilities is provided through the USC UCEDD and the Mental and Behavioral Health Program at CHLA.

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The Spina Bifida Program at CHLA

Provides multi-disciplinary care to individuals with Spina Bifida.

Home of the innovative Movin’on Up Transition Program


The Newborn Follow-up Program at CHLA

Provides multi-disciplinary developmental monitoring for infants at risk for developmental delay, such as premature infants or with infants with other birth complications.

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Demonstration Services are new grant funded programs that are regularly being implemented, evaluated, and updated. Please see the following link for Demonstration Services: