(NEW) Self-Determination Project Update:  December 2019

The initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination Program were selected by DDS in a lottery held 10/1/18 –  locally  we had 207 individuals selected in  San Diego and Imperial Counties. Since then, the majority of those selected have either moved forward with the process or have decided to disenroll, leaving openings for others to be selected. On November 22, 2019 DDS conducted another lottery and selected 61 ‘new’ participants in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Letters were mailed out by DDS to those selected. To find out if you were selected to participate, you may enter your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at SDP Verification.

If you were not selected in either lottery, your name is still on the list for possible selection in future lottery selections that will be conducted to fill any spots left by people who disenroll, move out of state, etc.

Orientation Registration Information:

Individuals who were selected  in the lottery will need to attend a required orientation before starting the Self Determination Program.

Sessions are capped at 40 participants and are first-come, first-served. You must have been selected in the lottery for Self Determination to register. You must register in order to attend. All orientations below are a 5-hour commitment: 4 hours  of training, and  1 hour lunch break in the middle. You may attend any location.

Additional orientations will be scheduled in early 2020 – check back soon


Plain Language Orientation Materials

Plain Language version of the Orientation developed by the State Council and an advisory team of self-advocates (this might take a few minutes to download)

Person Centered Planning  Information:

If you were selected  as one of the first 2500 participants, you can start your Person Centered Planning process now! You do not have to wait until you have attended an orientation. DDS has put out information on how the initial PCP  can be funded through a Purchase of  Service (POS) with Regional Center or a purchase reimbursement. Read the Guidance from DDS

Additional guidance and  information was provided on 4/29/2019. Additional Guidance about Person Centered Plans

Additional guidance and information was provided by DDS on 9/3/19 Additional Guidance about Person Centered Plans

(Updated) Available agencies/resources to assist with Person Centered Planning Click Here

Other Person-Centered Planning Resources

How Person Centered is Your Plan? use this  grid  to guide your PCP process

Fiscal Management Service (FMS) Providers

(Updated) List of vendored FMS providers

link to DDS list of statewide  FMS  providers here

Independent Facilitator Information:

(NEW) SDCC will be offering Independent Facilitator Training in Los Angeles 1/8/20 (Spanish) and 1/15/20 (English). See flyer for more information about these training opportunities and how to register.

(NEW) Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) will be offering Independent Facilitator Training on 1/23/20, 4/20/20, and 7/7/20. See flyer for more information about these training opportunities and how to register.

Upcoming Workshops / Events:

Please note that the below list of events includes  those offered  by SDRC, community partners, and other entities – we cannot endorse or recommend  any training,  workshop, or event that is not directly  sponsored  by  SDRC. Attendance at any of  the below events is optional.

(New) IEP Day April 25, 2020 will include topics related to Self Determination. See  flyer

Informational Sessions:

If you are interested  in Self Determination and would like to be on the interest list for future participation, you will  need to attend an information session. This  informational session is intended for those who:

  • Want to learn more basic information about Self Determination
  • Have not previously attended an information session
  • Are interested in being on the lottery selection list with DDS for possible participation in the next two  years
These will continue to be offered approximately once per quarter.
The next info session will be held in January 2020 – date TBD – check back soon


If you have questions about the Self Determination Project please email SDRC at or contact DDS at

Self Determination Program – General Information:

1) Department of Developmental Services – Find information about the Self -Determination Program, including a video in a variety of languages, implementation updates, FAQs, and how the enrollment process will work.

2) Implementation Updates – You can enroll in an Email List to receive Self-Determination implementation updates, as they become available on the DDS website.

3) Self Determination Waiver click here – note that this may take some time to load as it is a large document

4) Self Determination Statute click here

4) Self Determination Process Flow Chart   English    Spanish

5) Budget Calculation Certification Worksheet click here

3) DDS Newsletters: spotlight on a participant, question of the day, and  other announcements!

(New) Other Resources:

The Self Determination Interchange Website A place for the developmental disabilities community
to exchange ideas, information, and resources

Local Advisory Committee:

The San Diego Chapter usually meets once per month at 4355 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA and are open to the public. The meeting agenda will be posted below prior to the meeting and will list the date, time and location. Meeting minutes are posted as they are approved. If you need translation please email us at at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and indicate what language you need.

Are you interested in serving on our Local Advisory Committee? The application can be found here

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