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**NEW** Complete the Self-Determination Orientation in two easy parts!

  • Part 1: Create your LEAP account to complete the online course at your convenience.

  • Part 2: Attend a 90-minute live session with your SDRC team (registration information provided upon completing Part 1).​

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**NUEVO** ¡Complete la Orientación de autodeterminación en dos partes fáciles!

  • Parte 1: Cree su cuenta LEAP para completar el curso en línea a su conveniencia.

  • Parte 2: Asista a una sesión en vivo de 90 minutos con su equipo de SDRC (la información de registro se proporciona al completar la Parte 1).

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What is Self-Determination?

Self-Determination is a new way to imagine, plan, and live your life. It offers more authority over what services you buy, what those services look like, and how much you pay for them. It's an opportunity to think outside the box and be creative - what do you want your life to look like and what do you need to make that happen? Whether you decide to use regional center providers or find your own, Self-Determination means YOU are in the driver's seat. 


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The full rollout of the Self-Determination Program is here! 

On  JULY 1 2021, Self-Determination officially became an option for all individuals eligible for Regional Center services under the Lanterman Act. Learn more by attending an informational meeting, joining our email list, attending a Local Advisory Committee meeting, or talking to your Service Coordinator. 


With over 70 people fully enrolled - meaning they are actively exercising control and authority over their individual budgets to purchase the services and supports they need to achieve their goals - San Diego Regional Center is ready to support YOU with your transition to self-determined services!

​Questions? Contact SDRC at or DDS at

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Below you will find a button link for a training via State Council on the Self-Determination law. Please note that this is not a SDRC event. We are providing it solely as a resource that we hope will be helpful to you.

Hola, participantes de autodeterminación de SCLARC, partes interesadas y círculos de apoyo:


Adjunto, encontrará un recurso para una capacitación a través del Consejo de Estado sobre la ley de autodeterminación. Tenga en cuenta que este no es un evento SCLARC; Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con los organizadores a través del 310-425-4485 o SCLARC no tiene más información sobre esta presentación y no es responsable del contenido; lo proporcionamos únicamente como un recurso que esperamos sea de utilidad para usted.


Esperamos que este correo electrónico lo encuentre bien y seguro. En este momento, los edificios de SCLARC permanecen cerrados al público debido a la crisis de COVID-19 / Coronavirus, pero nuestro personal continúa disponible para apoyar a las personas y familias que reciben servicios. Si necesita asistencia específica relacionada con su caso o el de su ser querido, o si conoce a alguien que la necesite, anímelo a que se comunique con su Coordinador de servicios; Si, por cualquier motivo, tienen dificultades con eso, también pueden llamar a nuestra línea de ayuda de administración de casos al 1-833-725-2721 o enviarnos un correo electrónico a Siéntase también libre de enviar esta información a cualquier persona que se beneficie de ella; Si desean ser agregados a la lista de correo electrónico del Programa de Autodeterminación de SCLARC, pueden enviar un correo electrónico a

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You are invited to attend the next FREE webinar by the Disability Thrive Initiative on Wednesday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. Join this important conversation about “Alternative Services & Beyond: Self-Determination Program.”  


The Self-Determination Program (SDP) was expanded statewide as of July 1. Those enrolled in SDP choose their preferred services and supports, which can be delivered remotely, in-person or in the community based on the individual’s needs. Providers may find the individualization and flexibility of alternative services to be a useful model for offering SDP options. SDP services have different funding and billing processes from standard regional center services. This webinar will give service providers a better understanding of SDP, including:

  • Key differences between Self-Determination, alternative, and traditional services

  • How to modify your service delivery model to integrate SDP

  • What to consider when developing SDP services


This webinar will feature presenters from AdjoinIntegrated Community Services and Tierra del Sol.  


To join the LIVE online event, please REGISTER EARLY at to hold your space. ASL and Spanish Interpreters will be available.



The Disability Thrive Initiative was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift in how regional center services are currently being delivered to keep you and/or your family members as safe as possible.

Throughout 2021, the Disability Thrive Initiative will deliver free webinars, support, and a resource library to help the IDD community with the alternative services offered during the public health crisis. We strongly encourage you to take part in the webinars, and to stay connected to the Disability Thrive Initiative through their social media channels, so you can stay informed of the latest information about COVID-19 and its impact on your services. 

STAY INFORMED on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

The Disability Thrive Initiative is presented by the California Disability Services Association and Easterseals of Southern California, in collaboration with the State Council on Developmental DisabilitiesThe Arc of California and California Alliance for Leadership and Education, and generously funded by the California Department of Developmental Services and San Diego Regional Center.

Together, we can thrive!

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How do I start?

If you don't know anything about Self-Determination, consider coming to an Informational Meeting. It's only an hour and a half of your time and you can learn the basics. 

If you know enough about Self-Determination to know you are ready to move forward, attend an Orientation. This is a requirement of participating in Self-Determination. 

Let your Service Coordinator know you're interested.

Attend a San Diego Local Advisory Committee (SDLAC) meeting. The SDLAC meets every month to discuss the implementation of Self-Determination and meetings are open to the public. 

Still not sure what to do next? Email your questions to 

San Diego Local Advisory Committee

The San Diego Chapter meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month and alternate between mornings and evenings - 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. Currently, all meetings are held via Zoom. 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.

Agenda for November 18th Local Advisory Committee Meeting, click here!

Additional Information

Self-Determination has rules and regulations just like any other service system in California. Want to see for yourself? Check out the Department of Developmental Services Self-Determination page here. Below, you will find links to some of the resources on the DDS website as well as other resources and information. 

General Information

Financial Management Services (FMS)

A Financial Management Service (FMS) is the only required service for participants in Self-Determination. You can find a list of the FMS agencies that San Diego Regional Center partners with here


You can choose to use your Self-Determination budget on a variety of services. Check them out here:
Service Codes
Service Definitions

Person-Centered Planning

Creating a Person-Centered Plan is an important part of preparing for a self-determined life. While we don't know yet if funding will be available to help you develop your plan, you can find a list of Person-Centered Plan professionals at the top of this page.

Independent Facilitator


An Independent Facilitator is an optional service and can help you identify and coordinate the services you choose to purchase.


Service Providers: Self-Determination needs You!

NEW! Vendor Trainings scheduled for September 29th. See flyer here.


Stay tuned for more information and send any questions to