What is Self-Determination?

As authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4685.8, The Self-Determination Program is a delivery system. It consists of services and supports which are totally selected and directed voluntary by consumers/families through person-centered planning, so that the goals of his or her Individual Program Plan (IPP) can be met. Participants will be provided with a budget based on the previous year’s history of funding for services. The budget allows participants to purchase the services and supports they want.

For the first three years, 2,500 people will be selected to participate statewide. This is called the pilot phase. Right now, SCLARC has 110 consumers/families that will be able to participate in the pilot program.

After the 3 years, the Self-Determination Program will be open to everyone who receives regional center services.