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May 2023 Resource Newsletter


Parenting Black Children

Decrease Disparities, Increase Access to Resources & Information for

Black/African American Families Experiencing Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Resources Featured in This Issue:

  • Executive Director's Share
  • Access Nonprofit Center Upcoming Programs
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center - Community Outreach Department
  • Parent's Place Family Resource Center
  • Inland Regional Center - Community Engagement Department
  • Early Start Family Resource Network
  • AAIMM - African American Infant Maternal Mortality
  • Additional Resources
  • Culturally Competent Vendors

Executive Director’s Share: 

Hello Beautiful Black parents/caregivers of Beautiful Black Children & Adults.

What happens at the intersection of mental health, and the experience as a member of the Black community? What happens when there is an intersection of being Black in America, Mental Health and a parent of a beautiful Black child(ren) who may also be experiencing challenges associated with a developmental disability? What if that same child(ren) is experiencing co-occurring (developmental and mental health) diagnoses for example Autism & Anxiety or Cerebral Palsy & Bi-polar? View the resources below that will provide some insight into co-occurring diagnosis and resources to promote wellness in the Black community.

The burden of stress of navigating resources is real for our families. It is essential that we access resources for ourselves as parents so that we may be healthy and whole so that we may serve our family at our best. Everyday I take a 30 minute walk after the kid leaves for school it rejuvenates my mind and body. Take advantage of the Parent $ allocation from the Regional Center, they will pay for you to attend a workshop to help you help your child. Take advantage of FREE support through CA Black Women’s Health Project, Black Men Heal, Black Mental health and many now have virtual meeting groups. While caring for our families, let’s not forget about caring for ourselves.

Please visit our Linktree for more information and updates at

Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs

Access Nonprofit Center's Virtual Drop In Hours

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 10am -1pm

Parents and Caregivers can ask questions, discuss available resources, concerns about services related to Regional Center, and special education services

Call in: 1-669-900-9128

ID 823 5504 1757

Zoom in:

Access code 823 5504 1757

Visit the Access Nonprofit Website

Please visit our Linktree for more information and updates at


Parent Leaders & Advocates

Ready to get in Some

Good Trouble!


Parent LEADership & Advocacy Training Program (PLA)

Learn more about PLA

Parenting Black Babies

Early Intervention, Education & Referral Initiative

Access Nonprofit Center and Carousel Developmental Services introduce Parenting Black Babies, Early Intervention, Education & Referral Initiative a project which focuses on assessing early intervention services and increasing access for at-risk infants.

Learn More...

Hiring Program Manager for Parenting Black Babies email

Stay Up To Date on Parenting Black Children Current Events

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Mental Health Resources

Youth With Developmental Disabilities Discussion and Introduction of Dr Haleigh Scott

Video: Meeting the needs of foster youth with intellectual and or developmental disabilities, mental health and specialized needs requires coordinated interagency teamwork.

Watch Video

NJ's most vulnerable residents: Understanding the challenges of a dual diagnosis

Video: Understanding the challenges of a dual diagnosis (although the focus is on NJ residents the information is general in nature)

Watch Video

Frequent Mental Distress Among Adults, by Disability Status, Disability Type, and Selected Characteristics — United States, 2018

Report from the CDC - Center for Disease Control Prevention

CDC provides parents with information about child health and development, including positive parenting tips, information, and support when parents have concerns about their child’s development, or help with challenging behavior.

See full report

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)


The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.

DDS Website

Mental Health Services Act Funding for Regional Centers

NEW Mental Health Services Act Request for Applications

Funding Available for Regional Centers Cycle VI Fiscal Years 2023-24 Through 2025-26

DDS is committed to improving the care of consumers with dual diagnoses (individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health diagnosis) to:

  • Ensure ongoing statewide technical assistance to promote interagency collaboration regarding access to mental health services; and
  • Improve clinical capacity and effectiveness of direct services.

DDS Wellness Toolkit!

The DDS Wellness Toolkit is a new section of the DDS website focused on providing information and tools related to health and safety for self-advocates, direct support professionals, and vendors or providers. New topics, tools, and information will be added on an ongoing basis.

Learn more

Do you have and adult person with a Developmental Disability who lives in the home?

This new program is under a trial run to determine how to best serve adult individuals staying at home. The linked presentations provide information on this new program. Contact your service coordinator and regional center to find out more about this program that will assist adults staying at home with family members.

More information email

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center

Community Outreach Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about SGPRC client services, please contact:

Josie Martinez 

Community Outreach Specialists

(909) 710-8817

Calendar of events

Sign up for Updates

SGPRC Self- Determination Meetings & Trainings

May 9, 2023 05:00 PM

June 13, 2023 05:00 PM

July 11, 2023 05:00 PM

August 8, 2023 05:00 PM

Join through Zoom - Register in advance for this meeting.

Register today

SGPRC Featured Events:

2023 Virtual Training About Educational Matters for Parents

Thursdays 4:30pm - 6pm

Next Meeting March 23

Via Zoom

SGPRC Weekly Community Meetings

Every 3rd Tuesday - 10am to 11am

Via Zoom

More information

Coffee with the Director

May 10 & August 2,

English and Hard Hearing Community 11am -12pm

Black/African American Community


Hispanic and other Spanish Speaking Community 2:30pm - 3:30pm

More information contact Luz Rodriguez-Uribe 909-710-8828 or Tiffany Loong 909-710-8827

Parent's Place Family Resource Center

Parents' Place Family Resource Center, Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, we are committed to supporting and enhancing family focused services in a parent driven atmosphere for families who have children with special needs, 0-22 years of age.

Calendar of Events

PPFRC Featured Events:

Exploring Implicit and Explicit Biases in the Individual Education Program

May 20, 10am -12pm

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center 75 Rancho Camino Drive Pomona, CA 91766

Register today

TASK - Transition to Adult Services (Parents' Place)

Focuses on the development of the Individual Transition Plan and the transition process from school to adult services.

May 23, 2023 10:30 AM

Via Zoom

Register today

Inland Regional Center

Community Engagement Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about IRC client services, please contact: 

Mari Rodriguez 

Cultural Specialist


Social Media

Calendar of Events

IRC Featured Events:

Let's Dance Together

Every Saturday on Zoom

Learn more

Virtual Sensory Processing Training

May 22, 9am -11am

Learn more

IRC Parent Orientation 2023

May 30, 2023 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn more

Pamper My Baby Workshops

May 18, 2023 10am - 2pm

3590 Tyler Street

Riverside CA 92503

May 31, 2023 3:30pm - 7:30pm

4120 East Florida Avenue

Hemet, CA 92543

Early Start Family Resource Network (EFRN)

The Early Start Family Resource Network provides a coordinated network of parent-to-parent support throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. The ESFRN provides supportive services which include education, resources, and training to families with children who are at risk for or are experiencing delays or disabilities. We believe the family plays the central role in all aspects of the decision-making process by utilizing their strengths and engaging in parent/professional collaboration. The ESFRN assists families with system navigation and linking families with appropriate services in their communities.

Calendar of Events

Building Bridges for Special Needs

First Friday of every month

More information

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Autism Support Group

Second Wednesday of each month

More information

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Mental Health Support for Special Needs and Medically Fragile Parenting

May 24, 2023  10:30 am – 11:30 am

More information

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Safety Fair

May 30, 2023 1pm – 3pm

Hesperia High School Gym

9898 Maple

Hesperia, CA 92345

More information


African American Infant Maternal Mortality

The Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative is a countywide coalition dedicated to addressing the disproportionately high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths and ensuring healthy and joyous births for Black families in L.A. County. Led by the L.A. Department of Public Health (DPH) in partnership with First 5 LA, AAIMM was launched in 2018 as part of DPH’s 5-Year Plan to address the Black-White infant mortality gap in L.A. County.

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Additional Resources

List of Resources Provided by National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities - NACDD


From Power Struggle to Partnership

Supporting Caregivers in Navigating the Early Years of Their Toddlers' Development

May 13, 10am - 12pm

 Register today

The Process of Coping with the Responsibility of Raising a Child with Disabilities

May 18 from 4pm – 6pm


Presented by CHLA Parent Navigator team.

Register today

8th Annual Superheroes Carnival & Resource Fair

June 3, 11am - 3pm

1660 Termino Ave

Long Beach, CA 90804

Register today

Mental Health Series! At Black Women for Wellness

5-part series designed to support your mental health and wholeness

Sound and Stillness - May 12, 6pm

Our Rest is Resistance - May 17, 6pm

Spiritual Tools for Mental Health - May 24, 6pm

Somatics & Physical Activities - May 31, 6pm

Food & Mood - June 7, 6pm

For more information and to RSVP please visit:

Culturally Competent Vendors

Behavior Genius

Narrowing the gap in access to quality behavioral healthcare

  • ABA Services
  • Social Skills Group
  • Parent Coaching
  • BG kids Club - Sibshops

More information

Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL)

Works with persons with disabilities of all ages. Since 1980 SCIL’s sphere of influence encompasses 22 cities in South East Los Angeles County, and the East San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • self-advocacy training,
  • assistive technology,
  • housing information,
  • independent living skills training,
  • peer counseling,
  • benefits planning and information & referral services.

Learn more

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