Self-Determination

Self-Determination

What is the Self-Determination Program?

Overview

In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law the Self-Determination Program, which will provide regional center clients and their families with a new option. As authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4685.8, “the Self-Determination Program (SDP) 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). Self-determination services and supports are designed to assist the participant to achieve personally defined outcomes in community settings that promote inclusion,” and allow participants to have more control in developing service plans and selecting service providers.

The Principles of Self-Determination include

  • Freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supports, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
  • Authority to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
  • Support, including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
  • Responsibility, which includes the opportunity to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and
  • Confirmation, in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the service that they rely on.

The Development of the SDP Program in California

The law required that before this program could be made available, the Department of Developmental Services submit an application for federal funding, and that this application be approved for funding by the federal government. This application was approved on June 6, 2018.

The program will be implemented gradually. The SDP will be implemented for up to 2,500 participants in the state, to be phased in during the first three years.

Initial Group of Participants Selected

On October 1, 2018, the Department of Developmental Services identified the first group of clients/families from each regional center that may be enrolled in the Self Determination Program.

Voluntary Withdrawals

Some of the individuals who were selected for this program during the initial phase in period decided to withdraw their participation for the time being. Beginning in December 2019, DDS sent surveys to people who were selected and decided to not move forward with SDP. 

Review September 2020 report of responses from 148 individuals

Open Enrollment Became Available on June 7, 2021

The Self-determination Program is a voluntary program, which allows for clients and their families to have more flexibility and control over the services and supports that they need to achieve their goals. 

The Self-determination Program is available to everyone.  

We host orientations in both English and Spanish. Interpretation for other languages is also available as needed. Please contact your service coordinator if you would like to know more about the Self-determination Program, or if you are interested in registering for the required orientation. Upcoming Orientation sessions are listed on this webpage.

Department of Developmental Services Program Directives & Implementation Tools

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HRC 2021-2022 Request for Proposals

Self-Determination Program: Independent Coaching

Self-Determination Program: Independent Coaching

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022 by 11:59pm PST 
Proposals submitted after the above deadline will not be considered

Background Information and Announcement:

Self-Determination Local Volunteer Advisory Committees were established by law to provide oversight of the Self-Determination Program (SDP) and make recommendations for improvement to each local regional center and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). In accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4685.8(g), Harbor Regional Center (HRC) has received funds from the Department of Developmental Services to support the implementation of the Self-Determination Program, as described in its September 20, 2020 Directive, “Funding to Support Implementation of the Self-Determination Program.”

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Skills 4 Care

SDP Mentoring Program

adults sharing skills

HRC has contracted with Skills4Care to provide a mentoring program for Self-Determination Program (SDP) participants.   

If you have decided to enter the SDP and are having challenges with  navigating  any stage of the program and have not yet achieved “live” status, please let your your service coordinator know. 

Family Training

Self-Determination Program

Orientation

What is the Self-Determination Program, what are the benefits, and what would your responsibilities be if you choose to participate in this service delivery option? Effective June 7, 2021, the Self-Determination Program is available to everyone.

This orientation is designed to help you to learn about what this program is all about, and whether you would be interested in changing from more traditional regional center service coordination model to a self-determination model.