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 provides individuals and their families more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet objectives in their Individual Program Plan.

To learn more about the Self-Determination Program, you can visit the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) website here or watch the short video below.

You can access this video in other languages here .

Program Updates

For a list of Self-Determination Program implementation directives from DDS, please click here .

How do I enroll in Self-Determination?

If you are interested in the Self-Determination Program, the Orientation Training is a required first step. For more information on how to access this training, please click below:

Click Here to view the Orientation Training Flyer in English and Information on How to Register 

Click Here to view the Orientation Training Flyer in Spanish and Information on How to Register 

Local Advisory Committee

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 individuals served by the regional center, family members, the regional center clients’ rights advocate, other advocates and community leaders. It must also reflect the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area.

Agenda for Upcoming Virtual Meeting via Zoom  : Monday, June 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Click here to register for the Virtual Meeting via Zoom scheduled for Monday, June 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM  

Meeting minutes (click to expand)


Independent Facilitator

In the Self-Determination Program, participants may choose to work with an Independent Facilitator who can support them in the program. The Independent Facilitator can assist participants by: leading the person-centered planning process, identifying needs, or locating services. Participants in the Self-Determination Program may choose to work with an Independent Facilitator, but it is not required. If the participant chooses to work with an Independent Facilitator, that person is required to receive training in the principles of self-determination, the person-centered planning process, and other responsibilities such as locating resources and making informed decisions. For more information, please click HERE to view the DDS website on Independent Facilitators.

If you are interested in working with an Independent Facilitator to help you transition into SDP, the cost of the pre-enrollment supports from an Independent Facilitator can be funded by the regional center through Self-Directed (SD) Supports (Service Code 099). Please click HERE to read more about this service or reach out to your Service Coordinator.

How to Find an Independent Facilitator

The California Self-Determination Program Network Manages a website to connect people to Independent Facilitators and services providers.

To visit the website and find an Independent Facilitator, click HERE.

To view the California Self-Determination Program Network flyer click HERE.

How to Become a Vendor for Self-Directed (SD) Supports

Effective February 1, 2023 the sole option for Pre-Enrollment Transition Supports is through Self-Directed Supports (Service Code 099).

Click here to review DDS Directive regarding Initial Person-Centered Plan and Pre-Enrollment Transition Supports Guidance.

If you are an Independent Facilitator or Financial Management Services (FMS) agency, RCOC invites you to become vendored for Self-Directed (SD) Supports. A Program Design is required for review.

Click here for Program Design Checklist

Questions and Program Designs can be directed to selfdetermination@nullrcocdd.comor 714-796-5181.

How Do I Become an Independent Facilitator

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Facilitator, State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) offers a free online training you can take at your own pace. This training is offered in English and Spanish.

Click Here to view the SCDD Flyer in English and Information on How to Register 

Click Here to view the SCDD Flyer in Spanish and Information on How to Register

Person Centered Planning

The person-centered planning process is an essential component in Self-Determination. The video below is an hour and 5 minute presentation given on Person Centered Planning.  It was given on December 3, 2018 at the Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee Meeting.  The presenters are Cristina Mercado, Person Centered Thinking Coordinator at RCOC and Tim Jin, Self-Advocate and Member of the Local Advisory Committee.  The training includes person centered concepts, principles and materials used with permission from The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices along with personal examples used with permission from all parties involved.

You can find more resources on person-centered planning here.

Additional Resources

Financial Management Service (FMS) Providers

Frequently Asked Questions 

DDS Training Materials 

Contact Us!

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