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In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law the Self-Determination Program, which will provide consumers and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet objectives in their Individual Program Plan.

In the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4685.8, the services and supports will be directed by a participant through person-centered planning, as they are designed to assist the participant in achieving personally defined outcomes in community settings that promote inclusion.

During the first three years of the Self-Determination Program, enrollment was limited to 2,500 people.

Next Steps…

Self Determination is reaching a milestone in its implementation. It is expected to roll out on July 1, 2021.

Requirements to participate are:

  • Age 3+ and have an active status (not closed, or inactivated)
  • Only use funds to meet IPP goals
  • Only use funds when generic resources are not available
  • Only use funds on federally approved services
  • Use a vendored FMS agency
  • Attend an Orientation

Upcoming Orientations

If you are interested in choosing Self Determination as your service delivery model the first step is to attend an Orientation. Regional Center of East Bay is offering Orientations in Spanish and English via Zoom. Orientations will require advanced registration with email, name, and UCI#. Please refer to the RCEB report (IPP, IPP Addendum) for this information.

Self-Determination Orientation Options

Orientations are an opportunity to learn:

  • What SDP is
  • How SDP works
  • The principles of SDP
  • Steps to enroll in SDP
  • Key roles in SDP
  • Your next steps

For more information and to schedule your orientation, please visit the SCDD SDP page.

Self-Determination – Your Choice, Your Way

Advisory Committee

The Self-Determination local volunteer advisory committee members have been chosen jointly by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Bay Area Office, and the Regional Center of the East Bay. The committee meets on the first Monday of every month.

Troubleshooting in the Self-Determination Program

Please fill out this application form

Resource Hub

Self Determination Program Service CodesLista de Codigos de Servicios de SDP - Spanish
Self Determination Program Service DefinitionsDefiniciones de Servicios de SDP - Spanish
Tarifas de FMS – Spanish
List of FMS (Financial Management Systems) – Vendor Numbers
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule English
Hiring Service Providers EnglishContratando Proveedores – Spanish
How Spending Plan Changes Work
Principles of Self Determination Program – DDS English
Self Determination Program Family Orientation English
Spending Plan Template (09/2022)
PCP-Training Verification Form
Assessment On-Site (State Transition Plan) Non-Residential HCBS
HCBS Compliance Evaluation Form- SD
Spending Plan Sample_2021
Independent Facilitator Updated 08-29-2022
Person Centered Planners-RCEB *08/2021*Planificacion Centrada en la Persona-RCEB *08/2021*
Generic Resources SDP EnglishGeneric Resources Spanish.
SDP Initial Planning (024)_EnglishPlanificacion Inicial de SDP (024)Padres