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The Self-Determination Program

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has created a program to allow Regional Center Clients more control in developing their service plans and selecting service providers. The Self Determination Program (SDP) gives participants a budget to purchase services and supports from the providers of their choice. SDP participants have a larger role in their service planning and implementation while receiving assistance from a financial services management provider and an independent facilitator.

What is Self-Determination?

Self-Determination is the idea that all people, including people with disabilities, have a right to be in charge of their own lives, not professionals or a system.  The Self-Determination Program (SDP) is an opportunity to make decisions about who supports you and how, and allows you to be creative in designing the supports you want and need in your life.  It has similarities to the traditional services you may already be familiar with and using, but allows you to direct more of your services. In SDP you:

  • Can use or develop services that may not traditionally be available through regional center funding.
  • Work with your circle of support to create a plan for your future that is meaningful to you.
  • Develop a budget that matches your needs and goals.
  • Have the authority to make decisions about the people you hire to provide your direct support.
  • Would still have a Service Coordinator, but you also have more authority over the services you use.

Am I Eligible for Self-Determination?

In order to join Self-Determination, you must be eligible for regional center services, agree to specific terms and conditions, such as completing an orientation, and not live in a licensed long-term health care facility (Skilled Nursing Facility, Intermediate Care Facility, or State Developmental Center).  If you live in a licensed long-term health care facility, you may still enter Self-Determination as long as you are expected to move into a different living arrangement within 90 days.