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SELF DETERMINATION

Self 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.

On October 9, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 468 into law, amending the Lanterman Act and mandating Regional Centers to implement a Self Determination Program. Per the law, the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has applied for approval of federal funding for this new Self Determination Program as of December 31, 2014. The application is still in review at the federal level. Meanwhile, Regional Centers, in partnership with our community are beginning planning.

What's New?

Waiver Application Submitted! Nancy Bargmann, Director of  the California Department of Developmental Services announced that the Waiver application for the Self Determination Program was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 13, 2018.  The application is back “on the clock” and CMS has 90 days to take action to either approve the application, deny the application or request additional clarification.  Because of all the work that’s been done up front to prepare CMS for the formal submission and to respond to their questions and concerns, DDS is very hopeful that the application will be approved.  Once the federal funding is approved, all Regional Centers will implement the program.    

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 has now resubmitted the application and it is expected that  federal approval will follow soon.   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 several sessions for the first half of  2018 with more planned later in the year.  View the flyer for the February, March, and April sessions in English, in Spanish, in Chinese, in Vietnamese, or in Korean.   View the flyer for May, June, and July Sessions in English  in Spanish, in Chinese, in Vietnamese. 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.   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.   Join us at the next ELARC Self Determination Advisory Committee meeting!   View the flyer  View the flyer in Spanish  View the flyer in Chinese  View the flyer in Vietnamese   Come join us on June 5, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the ELARC Boardroom located at 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Alhambra 91803.     View the agenda.        Visit the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee webpage for more information about the committee and their meetings.  

NEW!  View a Self Determination Video by Self Advocates for Adults Served by the Central Valley Regional Center 

What is the Self-Determination Program?

As authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4685.8, "the Self-Determination Program is a voluntary delivery system consisting of a mix of services and supports, selected and directed by a participant through person-centered planning, in order to meet the objectives in his or her Individual Program Plan (IPP). Self-determination services and supports are designed to assist the participant to achieve personally defined outcomes in community settings that promote inclusion."

What are the basics?  

  • The law requires that before the Self Determination program can be made available, DDS submit an application for federal funding, and that this application be approved for funding by the federal government. Because the review and approval process by the federal government may take some time, we do not yet have a date when this program will be implemented.
  • Once the federal funding is approved, all Regional Centers will implement the program.
  • For the first 3 years, 2,500 people will be selected to participate statewide.
  • At this time, ELARC has been allocated about 114 slots, with about 90 open and about 24 will go to participants in the existing ELARC Self Determination program. These numbers may vary slightly until the final rollout date.
  • All Regional Centers are awaiting further information from DDS on the process for selecting and enrolling the 2,500 participants for those first three years.
  • After the 3 years, it will be open to everyone.
  • Participants are provided a budget based on previous year’s history of funding. From that budget, they can purchase services and supports. Participants do not need to use vendors, except for the use of a vendored Financial Management Service.  
  • A Person Centered Approach to planning must be used.

How can I keep up to date on Self Determination? 

  • Attend an Informational Session:
    • ELARC has scheduled several sessions for the first half of  2018 with more planned later in the year.  View the flyer for the February, March, and April sessions in English, in Spanish, in Chinese, in Vietnamese, or in Korean.   View the flyer for May, June, and July Sessions in English check back soon for the flyer in other languages. 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 encourages visitors to our website to visit the DDS Self Determination webpage for the most up to date information. The DDS website has Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and updates and allows individuals to sign up for email updates.
  • How information about Self Determination is developed and distributed is guided by the law and will be further outlined once the federal funding is approved. Each Regional Center’s Self Determination Local Advisory Committee is tasked with advising on the development of the information and outreach plan on a local level. 
  • Attend a training. Trainings on Self Determination are being offered in the community by various parent, consumer, and advocacy organizations.  
    • Any training on Self Determination hosted by an organization other than ELARC will be posted on our Community Events and Opportunities page. if organizations forward us the information.  ELARC trainings and meetings are posted on our calendar.
  • Sign Up for ELARC  Self Determination E Notifications: You will receive  email notices of ELARC events related to Self Determination

What is the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee?

Per law, the Local Advisory Committee is jointly appointed by the State Council (formerly Area Board) and the Regional Center. Appointments to the Committee were made by the Executive Directors of both agencies. Consideration of demographics and the unique needs of our community were factors in the decision making at ELARC.

The ELARC Local Advisory Committee holds open public informational sessions. For upcoming meeting dates, visit ELARC's Self Determination Local Advisory Committee page.

Can people sign up for Self Determination at ELARC now?

  • Yes, even though the program is not available yet, DDS has begun the process for selecting and enrolling the 2,500 participants for those first three years.
  • Individuals will need to attend an Informational Session and will need to sign up to indicate interest in participating in Self Determination. 
  • Regional Centers will send the names of interested parties to DDS. DDS will then pull names randomly within categories that reflect the demographics of each Regional Center.

Doesn’t ELARC already have a Self Determination project?

Yes, we piloted Self Determination starting in 1998. View a fact sheet on the 1998 to present Self Determination project. There is a small (24) caseload managed at ELARC currently. It is a closed caseload, per law regarding the earlier this SD pilot (WIC 4685.7). It is similar in some ways to the new program and different as well. The current ELARC project participants will have to convert to the new Self Determination program or return to traditional services.

Will there be training?

Yes, lots and lots of training for everyone: for parents and consumers, for ELARC staff, for community, for existing vendors…just about everyone! How training about Self Determination is developed and implemented is guided by the law and will be further outlined once the federal funding is approved. Each Regional Center’s Self Determination Local Advisory Committee is tasked with advising the training plan on a local level. 

Where can I get more information?