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SELF DETERMINATIONSelf Determination 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.
August 13, 2018 Update:
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. View the major components requiring completion at the state (DDS) level prior to the SDP becoming operational at the Regional Centers by visiting the DDS Self Determination page at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/.
One major component of implementation is Participant Selection. It's important to note that only those individuals who have participated in an informational meeting and whose names have been received by DDS by September 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM will be considered for selection (by the Department) of the initial 2,500 participants in the SDP. Individuals whose names are received after September 17, 2018 will be considered for subsequent selections of SDP participants. Subsequent participant selections will occur if some of the initial 2,500 participants choose not to enroll or they enroll, then decide not to continue in the SDP. Timing for future selections will be established at a later date. 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.
ELARC continues to plan for implementation, please visit our Local Advisory Committee page
ELARC is hosting Pre Enrollment Informational Sessions in 2018: ELARC has scheduled several sessions in 2018 with more planned later in the year. Upcoming Informational Sessions:
AUGUST SESSION DATES
- August 16 (English with interpretation upon RSVP)
- August 20 (Spanish)
View the AUGUST SESSIONS flyer in:
SEPTEMBER SESSION DATES
- September 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Alhambra Office Boardroom. FLYER SOON. (English with Spanish interpretation provided/other language interpretation upon RSVP)
Check back as we will schedule more sessions in the fall/winter of 2018.
Please note that individuals can attend Pre Enrollment Informational Sessions hosted by other Regional Centers or Community Based Organizations. ELARC will make every attempt to publicize those sessions on our Community Events Page when the information is shared with us.
Also, please note that online Pre Enrollment Informational Sessions are available on the Tri Counties Regional Center website in both English and Spanish if you are unable to attend a session in person. Individuals served by ELARC may enroll in these sessions.
The ELARC Local Advisory Committee holds open public meetings. Come join us on at our next meeting! We have meetings scheduled for September 4, 2018 and November 6, 2018. All meetings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the ELARC Boardroom located at 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Alhambra 91803. View the Flyer in English View the flyer in Spanish View the flyer in Chinese View the flyer in Vietnamese
Visit the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee webpage for more information about the committee and their meetings.
WHAT IS THE SELF-DETERMINATION PROGRAM (SDP)?
The California statewide Self-Determination Program is a voluntary alternative to the traditional way of providing regional center services. The SDP is being developed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to allow participants to have more control over selecting their services and supports. One of the ways this can be done is by giving participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person-centered plan work better for them. Participants may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.
HOW IS THE SDP DIFFERENT THAN MY CURRENT SERVICE COORDINATION?
The way the Self-Determination Program works is different than the way services are delivered right now. The thing that makes self-determination so exciting is that it gives you flexibility in choosing your services, supports, and providers. In the Self-Determination Program, you can buy different services, not just those through the regional center. The program offers a lot of flexibility. Your services and supports can be from almost anyone in the community. Right now, your Service Coordinator from the regional center is the person who helps you find the services you need. In self-determination, you get to decide who else you want to help you. This could be your family or friends, or an Independent Facilitator. There will be money in a budget and you will choose which services and supports to have to meet your goals.
To participate in the Self-Determination Program, a person with a developmental disability must:
Be a regional center consumer, and
- Agree to the following specified in the law
- Attend an orientation to the Self-Determination Program
- Use Self-Determination Program funds only when generic services are not available
- Only purchase services necessary to implement the Individual Program Plan
- Manage services and supports within an individual budget
- Use a Financial Management Services provider
Consumers residing in a developmental center may be eligible for the Self-Determination Program if they are expected to transition to the community within 90 days.
Participants do not have to be in the Medi-Cal program.
During the first three years of the Self-Determination Program, enrollment is limited to 2,500 people. To help ensure the selection of the 2,500 participants is equitable, the following process was developed by the Self-Determination Program advisory group.
WHAT DOES SOMEONE NEED TO DO TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ENROLLMENT?
Participate in a required Pre-Enrollment Informational Meeting. It’s important to hear, in greater detail, information about the Self-Determination Program. At this meeting, people will learn not only about the opportunities but also the increased responsibilities involved in accepting more control over coordinating their services. Understanding this information will help people decide if the Self-Determination Program might be a good option for them.
After participating in the required Pre-Enrollment Informational Meeting, let the regional center know you’re interested in enrolling in the Self-Determination Program. After you have participated in the required Pre-Enrollment Informational Meeting and you think that Self-Determination is a good option for you or your family member, you must let the regional center know you’re interested in enrolling in the Self-Determination Program. As discussed below, this does not guarantee you will be selected as part of the first 2,500 participants.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SOMEONE PARTICIPATES IN THE REQUIRED PRE-ENROLLMENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND LETS THE REGIONAL CENTER KNOW THEY’RE INTERESTED?
Regional centers send names of those interested to DDS. Only those consumers/family members who have participated in a required Pre-Enrollment Informational Meeting will be eligible for enrollment in the Self-Determination program. DDS will send confirmation to those whose names were forwarded by the regional centers. DDS will randomly select the first 2,500 enrollees from among those who have attended a required Pre-Enrollment Informational Meeting. This selection will be made from the names of those received by DDS from the regional centers. The selection takes into consideration the following factors to ensure those selected are representative of the statewide regional center population:
- Disability diagnosis
Those selected can enroll in the Self-Determination Program. The enrollment will be done through the regional centers who will work with each participant to enroll in orientation, establish an individual budget, etc.
If not selected initially, consumers will remain on the interest list for future enrollment opportunities.
After the first three years, the program will then be available to everyone.
Updates on the status of the program will be posted to the DDS page as they become available by visiting http://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm . If you want to be notified when updates are made, please email email@example.com and ask to be included on the notification list.
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