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The Diagnostic Center, Northern California, provides high-quality, individualized services to special education students, their families and school districts.

Services are provided by expert, interdisciplinary teams of diagnostic professionals, including educational specialists, speech/language specialists, secondary specialists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, and pediatricians who address the unique educational needs of Northern California's most difficult-to-serve students enrolled in special education programs.

The Diagnostic Center, Northern California, is one of three regional assessment centers operated by the State Special Schools and Services Division of the California Department of Education. The Centers provide assessment, training and technical assistance to all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in California. Each of the three Centers serves a specific geographic region in the state:

Services include:

  • Comprehensive, state-of-the-art assessment and educational planning services to assist local school districts in determining the needs of their most complex students;
  • On-site technical assistance and consultation in program and instructional design based on the unique needs of each student;
  • Professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators and special education staff, including presentations at national, statewide and local conferences and workshops, provided by specialists with "hands-on" experience;
  • Family education opportunities, including consultation, referral and resource information.
There is no cost for assessment services; however, requests for services must be generated by the local school district.