Self-Determination Program

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Valerie Bane, Self-Determination Program Specialist


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November 5, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Click Here to Register for ALL of the Orientation Dates

** Spanish language interpreter at every session **

Next Self-Determination Advisory Committee Meeting on November 8, 2021
(See below for details)


The California statewide Self-Determination Program is a voluntary alternative to the traditional way of providing regional center services. The SDP is being developed by the Department of Developmental Services to allow participants to have more control over selecting their services and supports.
One of the ways this can be done is by giving participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person-centered plan work better for them. Participants may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget. The program has five principles that are part of the law:
(to plan a good life) – to have the same rights as everyone, to choose family and friends that can help, where you want to live, how you want your time to be spent, and who supports you
(over your personal resources) – You have a budget, and you get to decide exactly what to spend that money on in order to reach your goals
(for building a life in the community) – to choose what you need to meet your personal goals and hire people that will help you live the life you want in your community
(and pride in making your own decisions) – to be accountable for your budget and the way money is spent
(of the important role you play) – In the Self-Determination program, you play a critical role as the person who makes decisions.  You and your family get to choose the services and supports that will help you accomplish the goals in your IPP

 NEW! Step-by-Step Enrollment Guide for NBRC Clients



Navigating a new program can sometimes make us feel lost. This series includes a collection of checklists to guide you on your path to enrollment. Click Here to view the guide

SUPPORT NBRC! Now Accepting Letters of Intent for the Following Vendor Opportunities

Person-Centered Planner
Upon request of a participant, a Person-Centered Planning Services vendor may assist with the comprehensive planning to inform the development of the IPP. This planning would identify outcome based services as well as develop an individual budget.
Independent Facilitator
The Independent Facilitator will support participants as they make decisions related to locating person-centered planning resources, understanding the certified individual budget, developing the spending plan, determining which financial management service model is the best fit, how to recruit and hire employees, among other SDP-related activities.
Click Here to Complete the Letter of Intent

SDAC —Self-Determination Advisory Committee

Members of the committee are appointed by the regional center and the Regional Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). The committee members includes individuals served by the regional center, family members, the regional center clients’ rights advocate, other advocates and community leaders.
Interested in Membership? Click Here to complete the application.


Next SDAC Meeting

Advisory Committee meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month. All meetings are open to the public.

November 8, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Click Here to join the meeting

Call-in: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 864 3594 3215
Password: 654210


2021 Agendas & Minutes


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TUNE IN! —Learn What Others Are Saying about the Program

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SDAC Meeting Archives


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