Independent Facilitator


Independent Facilitator Training


Why is this helpful?

An Independent Facilitator responds directly to your dreams, desires and personal goals. The facilitator coordinates the planning process and assures that the plan is clear to all planning participants and is ready for implementation.

The independent facilitator is a voluntary service for Self-Determination Participants. If you choose to have an independent facilitator, this person can assist you with navigating services, choosing providers, and any other tasks you assign them to. You are not required to have a paid independent facilitator, but if you choose to, the funds come out of your individual budget and, by law, NBRC cannot increase your budget to account for these costs; there are no set rates for Independent Facilitators and you will choose what to pay them. NBRC highly recommends the services of an outside Independent Facilitator and finds that participants are more successful, more quickly, when they have an outside Independent Facilitator.

You can choose your Independent Facilitator, and it can be someone who knows you well, like a family member or friend. However, an independent facilitator cannot be paid to perform these duties if they are: (1) The parent of a minor child participant in Self-Determination or (2) The spouse of a married participant in Self-Determination.
An independent facilitator must be truly independent and cannot provide the participant any other services in their Individual Program Plan (IPP.) This includes that they cannot be the participant’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) worker.
You can also look for Independent Facilitators at the California Self-Determination Program Network. Please note that NBRC has not vetted any of the individuals on this list.
Your Service Coordinator can serve as the Independent Facilitator, but their role will be limited. They will not be able to negotiate rates for you or scout for new services in the community

Would you like to hire an independent facilitator?

There are two unique resources available for clients enrolling in the Self-Determination Program for the first time. Should you choose to hire a Person-Centered Planner and/or an Independent Facilitator to assist with the enrollment process, NBRC will reimburse up to $2500 for both services combined.

If you are interested in hiring an outside Independent Facilitator, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has developed a list of southern California-based facilitators. It is highly recommended that you interview all prospective SDP providers to determine whether they will meet your needs.   Interview Questions in English. Interview Questions in Spanish.

Please note that neither NBRC nor SCDD is guaranteeing the quality of their work, the training they have received, or your satisfaction with their services; the listing is provided as a public service only and is not an endorsement of any person or company listed. You should verify that the prospective independent facilitator has met the training requirements, as an independent facilitator is required to receive training in the principles of self-determination, the person-centered planning process, and other responsibilities and roles of the independent facilitator (pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 4685.8 (c)(2).)