HRC will post updates on on this page that we receive about the
Self Determination Program, and the state’s (Department of
Developmental Services) plans for implementation.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) publishes a
Program (SDP) Newsletter featuring updates on the
program, a question of the day and feature story focusing on the
people and the principles of Self-Determination. To subscribe to
this DDS newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance Regarding Waiver of Self-Determination Budget Restrictions for Payment for Financial Management Services
Department of Developmental Services Directive in response to
State of Emergency
The State of California Department of Developmental Services
notified the regional centers of the following change regarding
Financial Management Services.
Due to the current State of Emergency, the Director of the
Department of Developmental Services (Department) has temporarily
waived the requirement that individual participants in the
Self-Determination Program cover the cost of the financial
management service (FMS) from his or her individual budget.
Self-Determination Program (SDP) guidance documents have been
translated in the following languages: Arabic, Japanese, Korean,
Laotian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese,
Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Hmong.
On November 22, 2019, DDS made the second selection of
participants to fill vacancies in the initial implementation of
the Self-Determination Program (SDP). The Department of
Developmental Services mailed a notice to all individuals who
were chosen from the list of interested persons.
Selection of this latest group of participants was prioritized
“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 of Developmemtal Services is pleased to announce
that the initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination
Program have been selected. The Department will mail notification
letters to all individuals to communicate their selection status.
To find out if you were selected to participate, you may enter
your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at www.dds.ca.gov/SDPverification/index.cfm.
The application for federal funding of the Self Determination
Program Waiver has been approved.
Updated estimated timeline for implementation–
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
The Department will post updates on the progress of each