Self Determination Program Implementation Updates

June 18, 2018

The Department, in collaboration with the self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, has been working on the major components necessary to implement the Self-Determination Program (SDP). Outlined below are some of the major components requiring completion prior to the SDP becoming operational. The list below is not exhaustive but includes the key components and steps under active development.

The Department will post updates on the progress of each component.

  • Federal Funding Approval
    As noted in the June 7, 2018 update, the application for federal funding, or Waiver, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Status: Completed
  • Individual Budgets – Target for completion: August 15, 2018
    Task: Finalizing guidance information on how the individual budget amount is calculated, and the process for adjusting the budget when needed.
  • Financial Management Services (FMS) – Target for completion: August 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalizing FMS vendorization requirements and rates.
  • Independent Facilitators – Target for completion: August 31, 2018.
    Task: Defining the role(s) an independent facilitator may play and how this may be different if a participant chooses to select their service coordinator to fulfill the functions of an independent facilitator.
  • Participant Selection – Target for completion: October 1, 2018
    Task: Selection of the initial SDP participants. It’s important to note that only those individuals who have participated in an informational meeting and whose names have been received by the Department will be considered for selection as participants in the SDP. The Department will provide a final date for submission of names to be added to the selection group for random selection (by the Department) in a future update. Information for those who are interested on how they can be considered for participation in the SDP can be found at www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/sdpEnrollment.cfm.
  • Home and Community-Based “Settings” Requirements – Target for completion: October 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalizing training materials on the federal requirements, how they apply to services in the SDP and the assessment process for ensuring all services, or “settings”, meet the requirements. Due to federal regulations effective in March 2014, everywhere someone receives services (e.g. the “setting” where the service is provided,) must promote, and not prevent, community participation and inclusion. The target date projects time needed to provide training to those who will be involved in the assessment process.
  • Orientation Materials – Target for completion: October 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalize all orientation materials. The orientation materials will form the basis of the information participants need to support them in the SDP. In addition to the components above, the orientation will include information on what services are available in the SDP and tools to help participants choose qualified service providers. Training for those providing these orientations will also be necessary prior to participant orientations.
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