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Self Determination Update: Informational Sessions and More

Post Date:January 02, 2018 12:00 PM

January 2, 2018:  Getting Closer!!  The law requires that before the Self Determination program can be made available, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) submit an application for federal funding, and that this application be approved for funding by the federal government.  After an initial submission and subsequent review with the federal government, DDS will be resubmitting the application soon and hopes to obtain approval by the end of this calendar year.   Once that application is approved, it will allow us to launch Self Determination in California.

In the meantime, several activities are underway and we want to keep you informed:

ELARC is hosting Informational Sessions in 2018:  ELARC has scheduled three sessions for early 2018 with more planned later in the year.  View the flyer in English, in Spanish, in Chinese, in Vietnamese, or in Korean.   Come learn about Self Determination and decide if you would like to submit your name for possible participation in the program when it begins. 

ELARC Submission of Self Determination Program Informational Meeting Attendance: If you attended a Self-Determination informational session in 2015 - 2017 either presented by the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) or presented in partnership with ELARC and either Fiesta Educativa or the Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD)  you may be receiving an email from ELARC regarding the submission of your/your family member’s name to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS.)  You may remember that Self Determination cannot be implemented until the state obtains federal funding.  That federal funding has not been obtained as of this date.  You will also recall that for the first three years, there will be a phase-in period and only 2,500 regional center clients will be able to be part of the Self-Determination Program. DDS will be randomly picking the 2,500 participants based on diversity factors by regional center, such as gender, ethnicity, disability, and age. To be part of that random selection, you must have attended an information meeting about the Self-Determination Program.  DDS has determined that some of the trainings that ELARC, Fiesta Educativa, and CPAD have conducted in the past can count as an information meeting.  Only attendees who attended those Self Determination informational sessions that provided a full overview of Self Determination will have their names submitted.   Attendees must have signed in at the session. ELARC will be submitting names from those session sign in sheets to DDS for random selection in preparation for future implementation of the program.  We understand that it may take a few weeks for DDS to enter the names. You can verify that your name has been submitted by going to the DDS website. The address is http://www.dds.ca.gov/SDPverification/index.cfm   You will need your Unique Client Identifier (UCI number) for this.  Every regional center consumer has a UCI number.  You can find it on your IPP or IFSP. You can also call your service coordinator to get your UCI number.

The ELARC Local Advisory Committee holds open public meetings.   The ELARC Self Determination Advisory Committee meeting includes presentations on various Self Determination topics.  Come join us on February 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the ELARC Boardroom located at 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Alhambra 91803. for a presentation on Person Centered Planning.   The Committee will be determining their 2018 meeting schedule at this meeting. View the flyer in English, in Spanish, in Chinese, in Vietnamese, in Korean.    View the agenda.   Visit the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee webpage for more information about the committee and their meetings.  

Implementation Status:  The law requires that before the Self Determination program can be made available, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) submit an application for federal funding, and that this application be approved for funding by the federal government. DDS originally submitted this application 12/31/2014. As part of its standard waiver review and approval process, CMS sent a letter to the State asking questions about, and requesting more information on, specific sections in the Self-Determination Program Waiver Application. Following the normal process, DDS will work through the Department of Health Care Services to provide written responses to answer CMS' questions and secure approval of the waiver.  Questions about this process can be submitted to the Department via email at sdp@dds.ca.gov.   Once the federal funding is approved, all Regional Centers will implement the program.