Self-Determination Program

Self-Determination Project Update

The San Diego Regional Center continues to move forward with preparations for the full rollout of the Self-Determination Program in the summer of 2021! Currently, there are approximately 45 people fully enrolled in the program. This means they are actively purchasing services through the Self-Determination Program. Many others are working their way towards full enrollment by completing person-centered plans, developing individual budgets, finding service providers, and creating spending plans. The 2,500 initial participants for the Self-Determination Program were selected by DDS in two lottery selections. The San Diego Regional Center is allotted 207 of these slots. DDS has not yet announced whether or not they will be holding a third lottery selection prior to full rollout.

To be included in the lottery, attendance at an informational session is required and registration information can be found below. If you attended an informational session, you can check your status on the DDS website by entering your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at SDP Verification. If you were selected, you will need to attend a required orientation before moving forward. See the section below titled 'Orientation Registration Information' for more information on upcoming dates.


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 choose not to enroll in Self-Determination, move out of state, or are otherwise unable to pursue the program.

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

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Orientation Registration Information

The next round of orientations for upcoming participants in the Self-Determination Program will be scheduled soon!

Individuals who were selected  in the lottery will need to attend a required orientation before starting the Self Determination Program. You must have been selected in the lottery for Self Determination to register. You must register in order to attend. Please contact your Regional Center Service Coordinator if you are unsure whether or not you have been selected. You can also enter your UCI number on the DDS website to determine your status ( You can find your UCI number on any Regional Center report or document specific to you.

(Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, all in-person orientations have been canceled; however, we are now offering a 100% web-based orientation. Participation requires an active email address, reliable internet connection, and access to the Zoom Webinar platform.)


For questions, please email

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

DDS has issued several documents with guidance regarding Person-Centered Planning for SDP Participants

Available agencies/resources to assist with Person Centered Planning

Other Person-Centered Planning Resources

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

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Fiscal Management Service (FMS) Providers

DDS maintains a list of FMS agencies who are vendored by one of the 21 Regional Centers, and who are able to provide services to participants in San Diego/Imperial Counties.


The link below will take you to the DDS FMS page – click on ‘San Diego’ for the current list of available providers.

DDS Financial Management Service (FMS) Contact List

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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.

As a dedicated proponent of person-centered practices, San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) is pleased to offer Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) Training to the community. This curriculum was developed by The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices ( and teaches the principles behind person-centered thinking and provides attendees with a variety of tools and techniques to implement person-centered thinking practices. Several SDRC staff have successfully completed all requirements to gain their credentials as Certified PCT Trainers. Registration is available through Eventbrite – $10/person for those not employed by SDRC. The majority of trainings are delivered in a series of four ½-day sessions. If you are interested in participating in this training, please search ‘San Diego Regional Center Person-Centered Thinking’ on Eventbrite to see available upcoming sessions. Contact: Suzy Requarth

Informational Sessions

 If you are interested in Self Determination and would like to know more about the program, please join us for a short informational session. Held in collaboration with the Local Advisory Committee, these sessions occur on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm-7:00pm via Zoom. These sessions are intended for those who:


  • Want to learn more 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 prior to full rollout in June 2021


Each session covers the same material - this is not a series. 

Our next informational session will be held on March 9th from 5:30pm-7:00pm via Zoom. Register here!


Spanish translation is available at all info sessions. For other languages, please email 72 hours in advance.

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


SDP Local Advisory Committee

The San Diego Chapter usually meets once per month - meetings 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.

Local Advisory Committee Meetings

The Local Advisory Committee meets monthly via Zoom. We meet on the third Thursday of the month (except for this February!) and alternate between morning meetings and evening meetings. We welcome members of the public to join and opportunities for input are provided. Please register in advance below.

Upcoming Local Advisory Committee Meetings

  • February 25, 2021; 6pm-8pm; register here

  • March 18, 2021; 10am-12pm; register here

  • April 15, 2021; 6pm-8pm; register here

  • May 20, 2021; 10am-12pm; register here

  • June 17, 2021; 6pm-8pm; register here

Independent Facilitator

Are you interested in becoming an Independent Facilitator (IF) for the DDS Self-Determination Program?

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Orange County Office has launched an ONLINE, SELF-PACED WEBINAR SERIES to help you continue your journey as an IF given present in-person restrictions. After completion of the series, a certificate of completion will be mailed to you.

See flyers here: English; Spanish

The 6-Part Series includes:

  • Overview of Self-Determination

  • Budget & Spending Plan

  • Role(s) of the Independent Facilitator

  • Knowledge & Skills

  • Person-Centered Planning

  • The Business of Facilitation

Join us today! Please Register Here:

The Guidelight Group regularly offers Virtual Independent Facilitator Coaching Program. Visit their site to stay up to date on program offerings.

Disability Voices United and the Autism Society of Los Angeles are currently accepting applications for a FREE Independent Facilitator Certification Training for Diverse Multilingual individuals. For more information, click here.

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