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 .

Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee Report – August 2020 

A Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee Report on the Barriers to Implementing the Self-Determination Program

The Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SSDAC) is a statutorily created advisory committee that is comprised of the chairs of the 21 local self-determination advisory committees and a member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (Council), to advise and make recommendations on ways to increase the effectiveness of the Self‑Determination Program.

This report is the result of more than 18 months of research by SSDAC members to evaluate the implementation success of the Self-Determination Program which was signed into statute on October 7, 2013, by Governor Jerry Brown (Senate Bill [SB] 468).

Self-Determination Newsletter

The most up-to-date information regarding Self-Determination can be found on DDS’s newsletter here .

Program Updates

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

The Department of Development Services (DDS) has allocated funds to regional centers to support implementation of the Self-Determination Program (SDP). The purpose of these funds is to maximize the ability of SDP participants to direct their own lives. For more information regarding this DDS Directive, please click on the following link: Here

The Self-Determination Program Local Advisory Committee has identified needs in the areas of 1) coaching SDP participants transition to SDP and, 2) building capacity of self-advocates (persons with disabilities) to be Independent Facilitators within SDP. Click here to view submitted applications can be viewed

How do I enroll in Self-Determination?

The first three years of the Self-Determination Program is limited to 2,500 individuals in the state of California. After the three year initial rollout, this voluntary program will be available to all eligible people receiving services from the Regional Center. On October 1, 2018 the Department of Developmental Services selected the initial 150 participants for Orange County. Selected participants were contacted by Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) in April 2019 to register for an Orientation before they may start the program.

For those who are interested in enrolling in this program, you must first attend or participate in an Informational meeting or presentation. You may then request for your name and Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number to be submitted to DDS. The required informational presentation is available by clicking on the 45-minute video below. It is available in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. Please ensure that your speakers are on as there is audio. At the end of the video, there are instructions on how to submit your name for consideration.

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Your name will remain on the list kept by DDS until another space is available in the program. Future selections for this program will be established and determined by DDS.

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

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 webinar: Monday, May 24 , 2021 at 6:30 PM
Click here to register for the Virtual Meeting via Zoom webinar scheduled for Monday, May 24, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Meeting minutes (click to expand)


I’ve been chosen for the Self-Determination Program.  What do I do next?

Orientation Training

If you received a letter from the Department of Developmental Services confirming your selection in the Self-Determination Program you will first need to attend Orientation Training. To find out about upcoming Orientation dates please contact your service coordinator.

Note that this training is mandatory for anyone who was selected to participate in the Self-Determination Program.

Please click on the link below to learn about steps participants should take after attending an Orientation training.

Steps to Self-Determination (English)

Steps to Self-Determination (Spanish)

Independent Facilitator Training

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 directive on Independent Facilitators.

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

Financial Management Service (FMS) Providers (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions 

SB 468 Statewide Self-Determination Program

DDS Training Materials 

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