California Children’s Services (CCS) recognizes that there are many factors that contribute to the health and well-being of our clients. When a client and/or their caregivers are faced with stressors in day-to-day life, it can create barriers to accessing important medical care. The goal of the CCS Social Services department is to reduce those barriers and support the social and emotional needs of our clients and their families.
Our social workers specialize in assessing and understanding the needs of your household in order to provide personalized resources and build community connections. We can provide information on resources to assist with basic needs, such as food or utility discount programs, or accessing transportation to get to medical appointments. We can also provide emotional support and assist with adjusting to life with a serious medical condition.
Our CCS social workers also assist clients and their families with the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. We can provide information on changes that happen when a CCS client turns 18 and provide resources for education, employment, financial support, and legal assistance. We aim to improve our clients’ readiness for adulthood and transition out of our program with services conclude at age 21.
Parent Network – COMING SOON!
In the near future, Riverside County CCS will begin hosting educational workshops and support groups for parents. If you are interested in participating in groups OR would like to be connected with other parents/caregivers, please contact our Social Services Supervisor, Melissa Pudgil, at (951) 358-3906.
Please see below for resources that are commonly used by our clients and their families. If you have questions about specific resources or would like to schedule an assessment with a CCS social worker, please call us at (951) 358-4203.
Please note that the listed services and resources are not affiliated with California Children’s Services and are subject to change without notice.
Counseling & Crisis Resources
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services are a covered benefit of Medi-Cal. To receive services, contact your managed care plan and request a referral to a mental health care provider. (Molina: 1-888-665-4621 / IEHP: 1-800-440-4347) For individuals who are not connected to a Managed Care Plan, please contact the Riverside County CARES Line at 800-706-7500
- Riverside County CARES Line
Available Monday-Friday (8am – 5pm) and answered by licensed clinicians who provide support and crisis intervention, as well as connections to outpatient, inpatient and community resources for Medi-Cal beneficiaries seeking Mental Health Services in English and Spanish.
- 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care Centers
Provides 24 hour/7 days/365 urgent care mental health screening and assessment services and medications to address the needs of those in crisis in a safe, efficient, trauma-informed, and least-restrictive setting.
- What’s Up Safehouse
What’s Up Safehouse is a 24/7, free, anonymous mental health crisis texting line. for issues surrounding anxiety, substance abuse, depression, school pressure, peer pressure, LGBTQ struggles, relational issues, suicidal thoughts, bullying, and any other issue that is causing trouble.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A free 24-hour hotline available if you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Press 1 for a dedicated line for veterans and their families.
Contact Information: Call 9-8-8 or visit the website for more information.
- Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)
If you believe you are in an abusive relationship, call ADV for more information regarding a safety plan that is personalized for your protection and situation.
- SU Cares Line
Call for assessment, evaluation, support, and referrals for substance use treatment in Riverside County.
Healthcare/ Insurance Resources
Medi-Cal is a program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and resources.
- Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP)
MISP is available through the Riverside County hospital (RUHS-MC) to adults age 21-64 who do not qualify for Medi-Cal and need treatment for acute illness.
- Riverside University Health System- Community Health Clinics
Primary Care and dental services with a Sliding Fee Discount Program based on household income and family size.
- Community Health Systems, Inc.
CHSI focuses on providing high quality and compassionate medical, dental, women’s health, behavioral health, and vision care services to those who are under-served, uninsured, or under-insured.
Housing & Independent Living Resources
- Housing Authority of Riverside County
The Housing Authority administers the development, rehabilitation or financing of affordable housing programs throughout Riverside County.
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
A home care program that helps elders, dependent adults and minors live safely in their own homes or other non-institutional settings.
- Inland Regional Center (IRC)
Speak with your IRC Service Coordinator for more information about: Independent Living Services (ILS), Supported Living Services (SLS), Family Home Agencies, and Licensed Residential Homes
- Community Access Center
These Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. Centers for Independent Living Provide:
- Peer Support
- Information and Referral
- Individual and Systems Advocacy
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Transportation to Medical Appointments
Medi-Cal offers transportation to and from appointments for services covered by Medi-Cal. This includes transportation to medical, dental, mental health, or substance use disorder appointments, and to pick up prescriptions and medical supplies.
Contact Information: Call your Managed Care Plan (Molina: 1-888-665-4621 / IEHP: 1-800-440-4347) or the San Diego Field Office (858-495-3666) for individuals without a managed care plan. Visit the Medi-Cal website for more information.
Dial-A-Ride is an origin-to-destination advanced reservation transportation service for seniors and persons with disabilities. Dial-A-Ride vehicles travel to areas within three-quarters of a mile of an RTA local fixed route.
- Sundial Paratransit Servie (Desert Area)
SunDial is an origin-to-destination shared-ride transit service for people who are functionally unable to use the fixed-route service.
- Disability Rights California (DRC)
DRC advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for people with disabilities.
- Legal Aid
Legal Aid provides free legal services, education and counseling to qualified low-income residents of Riverside County for bankruptcy and federal court matters, family law, eviction defense, conservatorships, guardianships/probate, along with consumer and other civil matters.
- Riverside Courts Self-Help Centers
The Self-Help center provides support for self-represented litigants by: providing links to forms and answering specific questions, providing legal information, and explaining the court process/procedures.
Financial & Utility Assistance
- Community Action Partnership (CAP Riverside)
The utility assistance program is a one-time assistance program that helps low and moderate-income individuals and families with utility payment assistance.
- Southern California Edison
SCE offers two programs that may lower your energy bills: California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) reduces electric bills for qualified household by 18%.
- California Lifeline Program
The California LifeLine Program (California LifeLine) is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households.
- So Cal Gas
So Cal Gas offers several programs to lower the cost of your monthly bill or assist with energy-efficient home improvement costs.
Prospective students should contact the Disability Office at the college campus of their choice. The Disability Office may assist with the application process, academic planning, completing financial aid applications, arranging transportation, and many other services.
- Local Community Colleges
Riverside City College (Riverside)
Mt. San Jacinto College (Murrieta, San Jacinto, Temecula)
Norco College (Norco)
Moreno Valley College (Moreno Valley)
College of the Desert (Palm Desert)
Palo Verde College (Blythe)
- Local Universities
University of California, Riverside
California State University, San Marcos (San Marcos, Temecula)
California Baptist University (Riverside)
- Financial Aid and Grant Information
Students should contact their high-school counselor or prospective college’s Disability Office to ask about the most current financial aid and grant information. Below is a list of useful financial aid websites:
- California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
The Supported Employment Program provides activities and services needed to support and maintain an individual with a disability in an integrated employment setting for the term of employment.
- Inland Regional Center (IRC)
Speak to your IRC Service Coordinator about Supported Employment services. Supports could include job development, job coaching, transportation, specialized job training and supervision.
- Goodwill Industries of the Inland Empire
Goodwill Southern California offers a variety of work and skills training opportunities to individuals with a diagnosed disability referred by sources like the Department of Rehabilitation and Regional Center.
- Social Security's Ticket to Work Program
Social Security's Ticket to Work Program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket Program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence.
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2-1-1 provides 24/7 assistance in connecting people with important community resources and volunteer opportunities in Riverside County. 2-1-1 also provides callers with information about, and referrals to, health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Example: food, clothing, shelter, physical/mental resources, drug/alcohol intervention, employment support, legal help, hospice referrals, summer camps, recreation programs and prospective services.