“This update is in response to questions received regarding the
selection of the initial participants for the Self-Determination
Program (SDP). As required by law (Welfare and Institutions Code,
Section 4685.8(b)(1)), the number of participants selected at
each regional center was based on the relative percentage of
total consumers served by all regional centers. For example, if a
regional center served 5% of all consumers, then 125 (5% of
2,500) SDP participants were selected from that regional center.
The Department made the selection from amongst those who attended
a SDP informational meeting. The informational meeting process
was developed in consultation with the Department’s
self-determination advisory group, as a way to provide oversight
of the selection process based on the following demographic
factors within each regional center: ethnicity, diagnosis, gender
and age. However, with the relatively small number (approximately
9,100) of individuals from which to choose, it was not possible
to control for all these factors when making the selection.
Ultimately, the selection was done ensuring that those selected
represented the overall ethnic diversity of all consumers within
each regional center.
Please direct any questions regarding the selection process to firstname.lastname@example.org.