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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?

August 31, 2017:  Getting Closer!!  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 will be resubmitting the application soon and hopes to obtain approval by the end of this calendar year.   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:

Regional Center Staff Training

All Regional Centers will be sending key staff to basic training on the Self Determination program in September and October.  These all day training sessions are being conducted by DDS. 

Train the Trainer

Also in September and October, DDS will be providing half day training sessions for Regional Centers as well as those Community Based Organizations interested in assisting Regional Centers in conducting outreach to interested parties.  ELARC is currently contacting our collaborative partners to advise them of this training opportunity.  View the flyer for dates and locations  

Consumers and Parents

As we await federal approval of the Self Determination application, there are several things you can do to stay up to date on Self Determination:

  • Consumers and their family members are welcome at the DDS Train the Trainer session described above with the understanding that the intent of this session is training organizations  and individuals interested in providing informational sessions  on Self Determination in their communities.  ELARC will be scheduling pre enrollment sessions and orientations specifically for consumers and families in the future.
  • Keep checking the ELARC website for updates and visit the Self Determination page of the DDS website.
  • Attend an ELARC Self Determination Local Advisory Committee meeting.  View the list of meeting dates.
  • Sign up for the ELARC Interest/Information list if you are interested in being considered for Self Determination once the program is approved by sending an email to  selfdetermination@elarc.org   Please include the following information:
    • Name
    • Full name of consumer (if other than sender of email)
    • Name of SC
    • Email address

The ELARC Local Advisory Committee holds open public informational sessions.  The next meeting of the Local   Advisory Committee is scheduled for November 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  Agenda posted shortly  This session will focus on an overview and debrief of the recent training sessions hosted by DDS (referenced above.)  For the entire 2017 dates and topics please view the flyer here.   Visit the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee webpage for the 2017 schedule in languages other than English and for more information about upcoming and past meetings. 

Implementation Status:  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. DDS originally submitted this application 12/31/2014. As part of its standard waiver review and approval process, CMS sent a letter to the State asking questions about, and requesting more information on, specific sections in the Self-Determination Program Waiver Application. Following the normal process, DDS will work through the Department of Health Care Services to provide written responses to answer CMS' questions and secure approval of the waiver.  Questions about this process can be submitted to the Department via email at sdp@dds.ca.gov.   Once the federal funding is approved, all Regional Centers will implement the program.    

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. DDS submitted this application 12/31/2014. 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 89 open and about 25 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? 

  • 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 the ELARC Self Determination Information List: Check this page often for updates on Self Determination. ELARC and other Community Based Organizations will be providing Informational Meeting sessions at which interested parties will have the opportunity to submit their names for potential participation in the Self Determination program once DDS receives approval to implement the program. Any Informational Session on Self Determination hosted by an organization other than ELARC will be posted on our Community Events and Opportunities page.  at this time if organizations forward us the information.  If you would like to be alerted via email about the ELARC Informational Meeting sessions, please send an email with the following information to selfdetermination@elarc.org.

Name

Full name of consumer (if other than sender of email)

Name of SC

Email address

  • Emails with incomplete information cannot be processed and may not be able to be added to the ELARC Self Determination Information List. Every email provider is different and ELARC cannot be responsible if your provider has spamblocker or other filters that may impede the delivery of emails from ELARC. Please also continue to check the ELARC website for publication of important information about 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?

  • Not yet, we are awaiting further information from DDS on the process for selecting and enrolling the 2,500 participants for those first three years.
  • We do know that people will need to attend an information session and will need to sign up to indicate interest in participating in Self Determination. We do not have dates for information sessions yet. The information sessions will be hosted  in collaboration with local consumer or family run organizations. They will be conducted in a variety of languages. 
  • We do know that the 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.
  • As soon as we have more details, information sessions, meetings, web postings, flyers, and other means of information dissemination will be utilized to spread the word.

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 (25) 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?

  • Click here for further information regarding Self Determination.
  • Send an email to SDP@dds.ca.gov  to request the latest updates via email from DDS on the Self Determination program.
  • Read the DDS Memo regarding the implementation of the Self Determination Program. 
  • View the Disability Rights California Fact Sheet
  • Sign Up for the ELARC Self Determination Information List: Check this page often for updates on Self Determination. ELARC will be providing Informational Meeting sessions at which interested parties will have the opportunity to submit their names for potential participation in the Self Determination program once DDS receives approval to implement the program. If you would like to be alerted via email about these  Informational Meeting sessions, please send an email with the following information to selfdetermination@elarc.org.:
  • Name
  • Full name of consumer (if other than sender of email)
  • Name of SC
  • Email address

Emails with incomplete information cannot be processed and may not be able to be added to the ELARC Self Determination Information List. Every email provider is different and ELARC cannot be responsible if your provider has spamblocker or other filters that may impede the delivery of emails from ELARC. Please also continue to check the ELARC website for publication of important information about Self Determination.