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H.A.T.C.H. provides client specific services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. H.A.T.C.H. is a vendor of the Regional Center of the East Bay and the Golden Gate Regional Center. We are a private,  non-profit, social service agency founded in 1969 and directed by Dr. Phyllis Kaplan.

We serve both Alameda and Contra Costa counties.


H.A.T.C.H. is funded to provide the following services:

  • Respite Program – Which is defined by the State of California as having intermittent relief to families who provide constant care and supervision to the client whose care needs are beyond that of persons without disabilities. This service can take place out in the community or within the client’s home. Learn More.
  • In-Home Day Program – The In Home Day Program is for those who have health restrictions that create a barrier of going to a regular day program out in the community. This service is for adults who have completed public school or is at least 18 years of age. Check with your Regional Center Case Manager to see what the qualifications are. Learn More.
  • Socialization – Under specific situations a client may be eligible for socialization services. Learn More.

H.A.T.C.H. clients have specific individual needs, which are the result of a variety of challenging conditions. H.A.T.C.H. clients have been referred by their Regional Center Case Managers and may need specifically trained employees in certain social and emotional areas in order to maximize their success. Other H.A.T.C.H. clients are more seriously affected by their disabilities and need more basic support and live skills.

The clients referred to H.A.T.C.H. range from those who are semi-independent to those who dependent upon others to meet their most basic needs.

Generally H.A.T.C.H clients are assigned to one H.A.T.C.H. employee to maintain a 1:1 ratio format. In some cases, a client may have more staff assigned to them but only one staff person works at a time. In addition, when it comes to respite services, there may be a dual client situation. Often the 1:1 ratio format is the only successful way to meet specific and desired goals.

H.A.T.C.H. began more that 40 years ago as a way to meet unique and individual needs of persons with developmental disabilities and other challenges. The history and expansion of this Organization reflects the changes in attitudes, legal rights, and specific goals and objectives.

The following list is a few of the areas in which are focused on in order to reach the client’s maximum potential and increase their quality of life:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Socialization Experiences
  • Community Involvement
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Survival Skills/Safety Skills
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal communication
  • Role Modeling
  • Physical Exercise
  • Sharing/Caring Companionship
  • Positive Behavior Intervention- Following a behavior plan and techniques to maintain consistency
  • Travel Training
  • Follow-up on programs designed by designated advisors (i.e. a behavior modification consultant designs a program for all involved parties to utilize consistently when working with the client; a nutritionist develops a certain diet plan for the client, etc.)


Case Managers, parents, H.A.T.C.H. staff establish the client’s individual goals as a team. H.A.T.C.H. receives other pertinent information from the referring Case Managers. Prior to formalizing a team, H.A.T.C.H. will receive background information as well as the list of goals and challenges to be addressed.

Contact: for more information or call 510.814.9422.

For a description of the appeals procedure in the Lanternman Developmental Disabilities Services Act please click here: