From the Director:
Over the last 50 years Far Northern Regional Center (FNRC) has created a system of services and supports in our region to help realize the hopes and dreams of those we serve. In 2015, the State submitted a request to the federal government for approval to provide services and supports in a more flexible manner. The request is call Self Determination, it provides each person with an individual budget that can be used to purchase the services and supports they need to implement their Individual Program Plan (IPP). In exchange for more freedom, the budget has a cap that may be adjusted under certain circumstances.
What’s Happening Now?
State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has launched its collaborative effort with DDS to implement a statewide Self-Determination Program Orientation. DDS has developed these trainings to better serve our individuals and families when enrolling in Self-Determination.
Self-Determination Program Orientation” is available in English and Spanish. SCDD trainers have a variety of presentation days and times available to meet our communities scheduling needs. Module 1: Self-Determination Program Orientation meets California state law requirements (SDP Statute: California Welfare and Institutions Code – WIC 4685.8) for individuals served by RegionalCenters to become participants in the Self-Determination Program.
Please check out the SCDD SDP Orientation Page to learn more about this exciting program and the orientation training.
**Also, attached English and Spanish flyers for outreach and distribution.**
FNRC Self-Determination Orientation Schedule 2023 – ENG | ESP
* The SDP orientation scheduled for June 13, 2023 has been cancelled
** SCDD statewide SDP Orientationor FNRC orientation will fulfilled the orientation requirement to enter Self-Determination
- Self-Determination Newsletters from DDS
- Interested in becoming an Independent Facilitator?
Principles of Self Determination
- Freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supports, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
- Authority to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
- Support, including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
- Responsibility, which includes the opportunity to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and,
- Confirmation, in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the service that they rely on.
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— Statistical Resources —
Self Determination in California
In October of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 468 into law which added to the Lanterman Act a new service option called Self Determination.
What is Self-Determination?
It is a voluntary program choice that provides a family or an individual with an individual budget that they can used to purchase a variety of services and supports to meet their family needs.
What Types of Services Can You Purchase?
For families you can access the services that were taken away in 2009-10. If you recall, they were supports such as social and recreation programs, health clubs, and non-medical therapies such as counseling, music and art therapy.
You will be able to fund creative and flexible services that may not be available in your community at this time.
The federal government will provide a list of services that can be purchased with self determination dollars.
How Can I Learn More?
Click on the following link to the Department of Developmental Services to learn more.
California Department of Developmental Services – Self-Determination Program
Additionally Far Northern Regional Center staff will be visiting people throughout our catchment area to help educate people about self determination and provide an opportunity to participate in the pilot lottery. Before our community meetings we will send an announcement to everyone’s home with the location and time of our meeting.
How Many People will be in the Pilot?
2500 people across the state will be selected by the Department of Developmental Services to participate in a three year pilot. Only 60 people from Far Northern’s region will be selected.
How Big Will My Budget Be?
The first budget will be the same amount of money that was spent by the regional center on your services for the past 12 months. If there is a change in circumstances the amount may be reconsidered.
How Do I Know if I’m on the List?
Click here and enter your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number. If you do not know your UCI number, please contact your SC (Service Coordinator) directly for that information.