Self-Determination Project Update: March  2019

The initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination Program were selected by DDS in a lottery held 10/1/18 –  locally  we had 207 individuals selected in  San Diego and Imperial Counties.

To find out if you were selected to participate, you may enter your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at SDP Verification.

If you were not selected in the initial lottery, your name is still on the list for possible selection in future lottery selections that will be conducted to fill any spots left by people who disenroll, move out of state, etc. We do not know when or how these additional lottery selections will be conducted yet, but will update this page once we have that information from DDS.


Individuals who were selected  in the lottery will need to attend a mandatory orientation before starting the Self Determination Program. We will begin to offer these orientations beginning the end of April 2019/Early May 2019. Registration for orientations will be available  on  this  webpage and will  be posted  by mid-April.

Person Centered Planning:

If you were selected  as one of the first 2500 participants, you can start your Person Centered Planning process now! You do not have to wait until you have attended an orientation. DDS has put out information on how the initial PCP  can be funded through a Purchase of  Service (POS) with Regional Center or a purchase reimbursement. Read the Guidance from DDS

We are in the process of putting together a resource list of local agencies/entities that are able to assist with the Person Centered Planning Process. Please check back; this information will be posted soon. In the meantime, here are some other Person Centered Planning Resources:

Person-Centered Planning Resources

Publications and Online Resources


Informational Sessions:

If you are interested  in Self Determination and would like to be on the interest list for future participation, you will  need to attend an information session. This  informational session is intended for those who:

  • Want to learn more basic information about Self Determination
  • Have not previously attended an information session
  • Are interested in being on the lottery selection list with DDS for possible participation in the next two  years

These will continue to be offered approximately once per quarter. The next info session will be scheduled in July 2019. Please check back for the date/time/location and registration information.

If you have questions about the Self Determination Project please email SDRC at or contact DDS at


Self Determination Project General Information:

1) Department of Developmental Services – Find information about the Self -Determination Program, including a video in a variety of languages, implementation updates, FAQs, and how the enrollment process will work.

2) Implementation Updates – You can enroll in an Email List to receive Self-Determination implementation updates, as they become available on the DDS website.

Local Advisory Committee:

The San Diego Chapter usually meets once per month at 4355 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA and are open to the public. The meeting agenda will be posted below prior to the meeting and will list the date, time and location. 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.

The next meeting of the Local Advisory Committee is scheduled for Tuesday April 30, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 4355 Ruffin Road, Suite 100/101, San Diego, CA 92123.

Meeting Agendas:

Meeting Minutes:

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