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. 

Orientation Instructions

The Self Determination Program (SDP) orientation is required by law in order to participate in the program. The orientation is available on Alta’s Learning Management System (LMS), which allows people to access the orientation on the web whenever they want. The orientation is about one hour and 20 minutes long and does not need to be completed all at once, participants can pause and restart the orientation from where they left off. Please follow the instructions below to access the SDP module in our LMS:

  1. Go to our ACRC LMS Family link.
  2. Register a for a new account using your preferred email address.
  3. After registration, you will be asked to login using the credentials you created which will take you to the Learning Management System (LMS) Home Page.
  4. From there entering “SDP” in the search bar will provide options for the SDP Orientation in both Spanish and English.
  5. You can click Enroll in the Self-Determination Orientation module of your choice.

If support is needed with any of the above steps please feel free to contact your Service Coordinator for assistance.

Additionally, you can review Informational Resources - Handouts and SDP Implementation Timelines 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 Client Services Director, Mechelle Johnson at or (916) 978-6653.


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:


Independent Facilitator

Participants in the Self-Determination Program may choose an Independent Facilitator to help them in the following ways:


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) will meet at Alta California Regional Center located at 2241 Harvard Street, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95815, or via virtual web conferencing, on upcoming dates listed below.

Upcoming meeting dates (all meetings are from 1:00pm - 3:00 pm):