Self Determination Program

What is Self Determination?

Self-determination is a voluntary regional center program that provides participants with an individual budget, which they can use to purchase the services and supports they need to implement their person-centered plan (PCP) and Individual Program Plan (IPP)
As of July 1, 2021, the Self-Determination Program (SDP) began to be available on a voluntary basis to any eligible regional center individual.
In an effort to ensure effective implementation of the Self-Determination Program, each Regional Center is required to establish a Local Advisory Committee.  The Regional Center and the Regional Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities each appoint one-half of the membership of the committee. The committee includes consumers, family members, the regional center clients’ rights advocate, as well as other advocates and community members. The majority of the committee is comprised of consumers and family members. The committee also reflects the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area.

Regional Center individuals who would like to participate in Self Determination are required to attend a Self Determination Orientation session.

Self Determination Trainings & Resources

Disability Voices United Virtual Conference Nov. 3. Flyer in EnglishSpanish

Self-Determination Informational Brochure – EnglishSpanishHmong

HCBS in SDPDay Type Services Assessment

DDS webpage with more information on the Self Determination Program

Let’s talk about SDP – Video presentation

IF Scholarship Flyer / Application

SDP Coaching RFP Flyer / Application

Meet CVRC’s Participant Choice Specialists

Deidra Nelson Maria Klassen DeAnna Gegaregian

Below are dates for meetings to be held in the coming months. Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month, exceptions noted below. Effective May 2022, all LAC committee members are required to attend the meeting in person in our CVRC Fresno and Visalia offices. All individuals from the public are invited to attend in person or virtual via Zoom.

Upcoming Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee Meetings
Date Time Location
Jan. 16, 2024 5:30-7:00 p.m. agenda and zoom link
Feb. 20, 2024 5:30-7:00 p.m. TBD
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Agendas Minutes

Local Advisory Committee Application – English – Spanish – Hmong

Self Determination Program
Maria Klassen
Deidra Nelson
Samantha Carmichael

Self Determination Program (SDP) Ombudsperson:
Suzy Requarth – 1-877-658-9731

Please view this video for more information: