Self-Determination Program

Self-Determination is a new, voluntary, service delivery system in California that will provide individuals and families with more flexibility than ever before. In Self-Determination, participants control a budget to purchase a wide variety of services and supports available under the Lanterman Act, from both vendored and non-vendored providers. Until June 7th, 2021, Self-Determination is in a “soft roll-out” phase, where it is available to 2500 participants statewide, whom are selected by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS); SCLARC is currently allocated 110 spots. If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming events and trainings for the Self-Determination Program, please send an email to Self-Determination Program Local Advisory Committee Meetings are held in compliance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act, and details on what that entails can be found here.

You are also invited to attend SCLARC’s monthly Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee Meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm-8:00pm; please click here for more information. You can also click here to see the agenda for upcoming meetings and the archived minutes from past meetings.

If you would like to be added to the email list for Self-Determination, please contact Naomi Hagel at or send us an email at

What is Self-Determination?

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Determined Video


Maria Marquez-McCrory was one of the first people in California to receive self-determination services under the state’s pilot program.

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Self-Determination is a voluntary service delivery system that allows increased flexibility in service provision. It is governed by five principles; Freedom, Responsibility, Confirmation, Support, and Authority.

The Self-Determination Program in California is exciting because it provides individuals and families receiving Regional Center services the opportunity to spend their budget in alternate ways, including on social/recreational and other “suspended” services, with providers who may not be “vendored” by the Regional Center, and in the amounts they choose.

How To Get Involved

Until June 7th, 2021, enrollment is limited to 2500 participants statewide, with 110 slots at SCLARC. DDS made these selections, and it is currently unknown if or when any further selections will be made in order to replace individuals who may no longer be interested in the program. On June 7th, 2021, it is expected that Self-Determination will be open to all individuals with active Regional Center cases.

If you would like to learn more about Self-Determination, and to be put on the waiting list if DDS makes additional selections, please attend an informational session. Please click here for SCLARC’s next scheduled sessions.

You may also contact Naomi Hagel at or send an email to in order to RSVP and secure your registration at the informational session.

If you are not sure if you have previously attended an informational session, you may click here to check the status of your case using the Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number; if you do not know you or your loved one’s UCI number, your SCLARC Service Coordinator can provide it to you. If you are already on the waiting list, you do not need to attend another informational session.

Meetings and Informational Sessions

If you would like to see upcoming meeting dates for the Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee and for informational sessions, please visit our calendar page.

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South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC) provides education, assessment, training and services in the communities of South Los Angeles, Watts, Leimert Park, Florence/Firestone, West Adams, and the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Vernon, South Gate, North Carson, Gardena, and Paramount.