Self-Determination Project Update: May 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.

Orientation Registration Information:

Individuals who were selected  in the lottery will need to attend a required orientation before starting the Self Determination Program. If the below options do not work for you,  please email

Sessions are capped at 30 participants and are first-come, first-served. You must have been selected in the lottery for Self Determination to register. You must register in order to attend. All orientations below are a 5-hour commitment: 4 hours  of training, and  1 hour lunch break in the middle. You may attend any location.

The following orientations will be offered  in  English, with available translation for languages other than  Spanish  (Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, ASL, etc – indicate during registration)

Thursday     June 27, 2019 9:30am – 2:30pm            SDRC National  City 2727 Hoover St. Suite 100 National City 91950

Saturday      July 27, 2019      9:30m – 2:30pm          SDRC Carlsbad 5931 Priestly Dr. Suite 100, Carlsbad 92008

The following orientations are  offered in  SPANISH ONLY:

Friday           June 21,  2019      9:30am – 2:30pm      SDRC Kearny Mesa 4355 Ruffin Rd, San Diego 92123 Suite 118

Plain Language Orientation Materials (New!)

Plain Language version of the Orientation developed by the State Council and an advisory team of self-advocates (this might take a few minutes to download)

Person Centered Planning  Information:

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

Additional guidance and  information was provided on 4/29/2019. Additional Guidance about Person Centered Plans

(Updated!)   Available agencies/resources to assist with Person Centered Planning

Other Person-Centered Planning Resources

Fiscal Management Service (FMS) Providers – coming soon!

Independent Facilitator Information:

State Council on Developmental Disabilities  is  offering Facilitator training in the Long Beach area July 15  (Spanish) and July 16 (English) see flyer for more information

We are planning a similar training in  the San Diego area in July – check  back for updates

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 is scheduled for:
  • Thursday July  11, 2019  5:30pm – 7:00pm   SDRC 4355 Ruffin Rd   San Diego 92123 Suite 100 – Register Here

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.

3) (New) DDS Newsletters: spotlight on a participant, question of the day, and  other announcements!

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.

Are you interested in serving on our Local Advisory Committee? The application can be found here

The next two meetings of the Local Advisory Committee are scheduled for:

Tuesday June 25, 2019   10:00am – 12:00pm SDRC Kearny Mesa 4355 Ruffin Rd, San Diego 92123  Suite 100

Friday  July  19,  2019  10:00am  – 12:00pm SDRC Kearny Mesa  4355 Ruffin  Rd, San Diego 92123 Suite 100

Meeting Agendas:

Meeting Minutes:

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