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The Self-Determination Program is a new, voluntary, service delivery system in California that provides individuals and families with more flexibility than ever before. In the Self-Determination, participants control a budget to purchase a wide variety of services and supports under the Lanterman Act, some of which are not available through the traditional service delivery system.

The Self-Determination Program is open to most individuals served by the Regional Center who are ages 3 and older, live in the community and have been diagnosed with a lifelong developmental disability.

The Self-Determination Program is based on beliefs that people:
  • Plan their own lives and make their own decisions
  • Determine how funding is spent for their services and supports
  • Plan and choose their own formal and informal supports
  • Take responsibility for the decisions made
  • Validate those decisions through maintaining ongoing control

SDP Enrollment: A Step-by-Step Guide