Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee
On October 9, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 468 into law, amending the Lanterman Act and mandating Regional Centers to implement a Self-Determination Program. The Self-Determination Program is a voluntary delivery system consisting of a mix of services and supports, selected and directed by a participant through person-centered planning, in order to meet the objectives in his or her Individual Program Plan (IPP).
The Department of Developmental Services, in collaboration with the self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, has been working on the major components necessary to implement the Self-Determination Program (SDP). Outlined below are some of the major components requiring completion prior to the SDP becoming operational. The list below is not exhaustive but includes the key components and steps under active development.
Selected Participants:Participants will remain with the individual’s Service Coordinator for now, and they will continue to receive traditional services. This process is anticipated to take a few months. The first step will be a required Orientation Class that will be scheduled for early 2019. After that, work to begin planning, budget development, and the set-up of services will begin. It is anticipated this process will take several months. You can check if you have been selected by entering your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) at the link below https://dds.ca.gov/SDPverification/index.cfm
Participants Not Selected:If not selected initially, individuals will remain on the interest list for future enrollment opportunities. In three years, the program will be open to all. The State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in collaboration with the self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, has been working on the major components necessary to implement SDP at the Regional Centers. View the major components requiring completion at the state (DDS) level prior to the SDP becoming fully operational at the Regional Centers by visiting the DDS Self Determination page at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/.
March 8th — In order to prepare for the delivery of Self-Determination Program (SDP) Orientation presentations to SDP participants, the Department of Developmental Services (Department) conducted a “train-the-trainer” session for regional center staff and SDP local volunteer advisory committee members at South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC). It is expected that Parent Orientations for participants of the program will begin within 60 days after the last of these training sessions which occurred on March 15, 2019.
The train-the-trainer sessions provided a foundation for Regional Center staff and Local Advisory Committee Members to assist with conducting the SDP Orientation sessions. This training included the principles of self-determination, the role of the financial management services provider and independent facilitator, person-centered planning and development of the individual budget. Prior to SDP Orientations, regional centers will work with their local volunteer advisory committees to determine if modifications are needed to materials from the train-the-trainer sessions.
February 13th – For Self-Determination Program (SDP) participants, the individual program plan (IPP) must be developed utilizing a person-centered planning process and will include an individual budget [Welfare & Institutions Code §4685.8(k)]. A participant may request person-centered planning services, in addition to those provided by the regional center, to assist with the comprehensive planning to inform the development of the IPP. In this instance, regional centers can purchase initial person-centered planning services from:
• Vendored providers of person-centered planning services; or
• Non-vendored providers who demonstrate they have received training or certification in the person-centered planning/facilitation process. Payment to non-vendored providers is to be made as a “Purchase Reimbursement.”
View the directive related to Initial Person-Centered Planning Services in the Self-Determination program. This information is also available on the Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS) website at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm.
January 28th – To prepare for the delivery of Self-Determination Program (SDP) orientation presentations to SDP participants, the Department of Developmental Services will conduct a series of “train-the-trainer” sessions for regional center staff and SDP local volunteer advisory committee members. It is expected that orientations for participants will begin within 60 days after the final training sessions on March 15, 2019. SCLARC will notify participants when the orientation training has been scheduled before May 14, 2019.