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State Self Determination Implementation Update

Post Date:June 20, 2018 7:56 AM

The Self Determination Program (SDP) is on the way across the state, this exciting program will allow for a new way for the people we serve to have more authority and freedom in how their services and supports are planned and implemented.    The State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in collaboration with the self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, has been working on the major components necessary to implement SDP at the Regional Centers.  Outlined below are some of the major components requiring completion at the state (DDS) level prior to the SDP becoming operational at the Regional Centers. The list below is not exhaustive but includes the key components and steps under active development.  DDS will post updates on the progress of each component at   

Federal Funding Approval

The application for federal funding, or Waiver, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on June 7, 2018.

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 a Pre Enrollment Informational Meeting and whose names have been received by DDS will be considered for selection as participants in the SDP.  DDS will provide a final date for submission of names to be added to the selection group for random selection (by DDS) 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

ELARC is hosting Pre Enrollment Informational Meetings, view our Self Determination page for more information.

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.

The updated information above regarding the SDP implementation timeline can be found  on the DDS website in the Implementation Updates link  at

ELARC continues to plan for implementation, please visit our Self Determination page for updates as well as information regarding the meetings of our Local Advisory Committee.