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: 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.
Attend an 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. By viewing this presentation, you have met the training requirements to have your name or your family member’s name added to the list of people interested in participating in the initial roll out of the Self-Determination Program.
This online informational presentation includes instructions on how to add your name to the list of people interested in participating in the initial roll-out.
Please allow yourself 45 minutes to complete this presentation in its entirety. Please ensure that your speakers are on as there is audio.
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.
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.
** Please note the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM
- May 2018 Committee Minutes
- March 2018 Committee Minutes
- February 2018 Committee Minutes
- January 2018 Committee Minutes
- December 2017 Committee Minutes
- November 2017 Committee Minutes
- October 2017 Committee Minutes
- March 2017 Committee Minutes
- July 2016 Committee Minutes
- May 2016 Committee Minutes
- April 2016 Committee Minutes
- January 2016 Committee Minutes
- November 2015 Committee Minutes
- October 2015 Committee Minutes
- June 2015 Committee Minutes
Learn More about Self-Determination
- Consumer Guide and Highlights on Self-Determination Program
- Message from Santi Rogers, Director of the Department of Developmental Services
- SB 468 Statewide Self-Determination Program
- WIC 4685.8 Self-Determination Program Responsibilities Chart
- Self-Determination Program Enrollment
- Department of Developmental Services Informational PowerPoint presentation – September 2017
- Department of Developmental Services Informational PowerPoint presentation – September 2017 (Spanish)
- Department of Developmental Services – Information and Resources – August/September 2017
- Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about Self-Determination or RCOC’s Self-Determination Program? Send us a message!