Self-Determination Program Local Advisory Committee

What is Self-Determination?

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.

Update: January 11, 2019

Directives related to the Individual Budget in the Self-Determination Program (SDP) are now available at

Update: December 21, 2018

Directives related to Independent Facilitators and Financial Management Services in the Self-Determination Program (SDP) are now available at The Department is continuing to work on additional SDP information, including training for local advisory committee members and regional centers on conducting participant orientations and guidance for developing the individual budget. Updates on progress in completing these and other items needed will be posted on DDS’ webpage.

Update: October 1, 2018

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) announced that the initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination Program have been selected. To find out if you were selected to participate you may enter your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at . The UCI number can be located on documents you receive from RCOC or you can call your Service Coordinator to get this number.

Those who were not selected initially to participate will remain on the list for subsequent selections if some of the initial 2,500 choose not to enroll or discontinue in the program. The Department will continue to collect and add names of those interested in the program for subsequent selections.

Update: June 29, 2018

DDS announced a timeline for participant selection of October 1, 2018. Only those individuals who have participated in an informational meeting and whose names have been received by the Department by September 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM will be considered for selection (by the Department) of the initial 2,500 participants in the Self-Determination Program (SDP). Individuals whose names are received after September 17, 2018 will be considered for subsequent selections of SDP participants. Subsequent participant selections will occur if some of the initial 2,500 participants choose not to enroll or they enroll, then decide not to continue in the SDP. Timing for future selections will be established at a later date.

Update: June 7, 2018

On June 7, 2018 DDS announced that the Self-Determination Waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). To view the announcement from DDS and the timeline with key dates for implementation of the program, please click here to be redirected to the DDS website.

Update: May 8, 2018

A copy of the Self-Determination Program Waiver application that was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now available on the DDS website. To view this application please click on the link below:
Waiver Application for Self-Determination

Update: March 20, 2018

On March 13, 2018, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) announced that the Department of Health Care Services has submitted the Waiver Application for Self-Determination to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The announcement was made at the Statewide Advisory Committee  for the Self-Determination Program. This means that CMS has 90 days from the date of submission to take action to either approve the application, deny the application, or request additional clarification. DDS is hopeful that the application will be approved because of all the work that’s been done up front to prepare CMS for the formal submission and to respond to their questions and concerns.  Once the federal funding is approved, all Regional Centers will implement the program.  If you have attended an informational meeting hosted by RCOC, your name has been submitted to DDS for consideration. You can continue to verify your name or the name of your family member by entering the UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number on the DDS website here.

Online Informational Meeting

Currently, we do not have any in-person informational meetings scheduled, however, if you are interested in viewing this informational presentation, please click on the presentation picture below to start the video. Please allow yourself  45 minutes to complete this presentation in its entirety. Please ensure that your speakers are on as there is audio.

At this time, we are not accepting names for consideration for the Self-Determination Program.

Confirm if my name is in the DDS Lottery List 

You can check if your name has been received by DDS for the Self-Determination lottery by entering your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number on the DDS website. Your UCI number can be found on RCOC documents or by calling your Service Coordinator. If you have attended an informational meeting and your name is not on the DDS lottery list, please contact the organizer of the informational meeting you attended.

Click here to verify your name has been submitted to DDS

Get involved in the Local Advisory Committee

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As required by law, each regional center must establish a Local Volunteer Advisory Committee to ensure effective implementation of the Self-Determination Program and facilitate the sharing of best practices and training materials. Members of these committees are appointed by the regional center and the Regional Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). The committee members must include consumers, family members, the regional center clients’ rights advocate, other advocates and community leaders, and must reflect the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area.

The Local Advisory Committee meets the first Monday of the month (unless there is a holiday) at 6:30 PM at the Regional Center of Orange County, 1525 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92702.

Meeting Minutes

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