Self-Determination Program

How to Get Started


As of July 1, 2021, the Self-Determination Program (SDP) is available to all eligible regional center consumers who are interested to enroll.

If you have any questions or would like to move forward with SDP please contact your regional center service coordinator.  If you are interested in enrolling in the SDP, you can begin by completing the mandatory orientation. Please review the updated SDP information.

Orientation Instructions

SDP Statewide Orientation – Alta California Regional Center (

The Self Determination Program (SDP) orientation is required by law in order to participate in the program. 

Additionally, you can review Informational Resources - Handouts to learn more about SDP. ACRC can fund initial person-centered planning services for SDP participants from non-vendored providers who demonstrate they have received training or certification in the person-centered planning/facilitation process, via Purchase Reimbursement (Service 024).

You may also direct any questions to If you have any concerns regarding SDP you may contact ACRC Associate Client Services Director, Faye Tait at or (916) 978-6200.

Providers who are interested in becoming a Self-Determination Program provider, visit our provider specific page.


Self Determination Advisory Committee Call for Proposals

Purpose: The Self Determination Advisory Committee (SDAC) is looking for creative proposals and ideas from October 2022 to fiscal year 2024 to support Alta California Regional Center clients with transitioning into the Self Determination Program. We want to hear from you!

Eligibility: Seeking proposals from service providers, contractors, organizations, company, or self-advocates willing to provide training, services, or supports for clients interested in or pursuing the Self Determination Program.


What is the Self-Determination Program?

The Self-Determination Program (SDP) is an opportunity available to all regional center clients to determine how they want to implement services based on their needs. It gives clients:


Financial Management Service (FMS)

Information and Contact List

You can see which FMS providers are available and their contact information by visiting the DDS website.

What is FMS?

Participants in the Self-Determination Program (SDP) will receive support from a person or business to help them pay for services they need. This person or business is called a Financial Management Services provider.  There are three different models of Financial Management Services available in the SDP.

FMS Models Comparison Chart


Person-Centered Planning

For Self-Determination Program (SDP) participants, the individual program plan (IPP) must be developed utilizing a person-centered-planning process. 


Recorded Video Information

for the Self-Determination Program (SDP)

Alta California Regional Center hosted multiple virtual question and answer sessions to review and provide insight on topics related to SDP.  Links to view the previously recorded sessions are available below:


Acronym and Term Definitions

General information and definitions for acronyms and
terms in the Self-Determination Program

FMS: Financial Management Services help participants manage their individual budgets by paying bills and managing the payroll for support workers.

IBCCTIndividual Budget Calculation and Certification Tool calculates the amount of money that participants will be able to use to purchase services and supports in their Spending Plan.


History of the Self-Determination Program

In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law the Self-Determination Program (SDP) as another option for clients and families to receive services. 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).

Alta Sponsored Event

Self-Determination Advisory Committee Meeting

The Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SDAC) plays an important role in the implementation and oversight of the Self Determination Program. Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) and the SDAC work collaboratively to prioritize the use of implementation funds to meet the needs of participants in our catchment area. SDAC membership is comprised of clients, family members and community members appointed by ACRC and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.