Self-Determination Program SB 468

In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed into law, Senate Bill 468, establishing the Self-Determination Program. The Self-Determination program will provide children and adults served by the regional center, and their families more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet the goals in their Individual Program Plan (IPP).

When will the Self-Determination program be available?

The Self-Determination program will be available once it is approved by the federal government. California sent an application to the federal government at the end of last year for them to review and hopefully approve.

Who can get services and supports through the Self-Determination program?

To be able to receive services and supports through the Self-Determination program, you must be receiving services from a regional center and meet other requirements that will be made clearer once the federal government approves the program.

Once the federal government approves the program, there will be two parts or phases. During the first phase of the program, each regional center will be able to offer the program to a small group of people over the first three years. The Department of Developmental Services will select the 114 individuals from Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC) to participate. This includes 16 individuals who are currently participating in TCRC’s Self-Determination pilot project, plus an additional 98 individuals served by TCRC.

For the second phase of the program, there will be no limits on how many people can receive the program and anyone who receives regional center services can request to be part of the program.

What services are included in the Self-Determination Program?

In the Self-Determination Program, planning teams will use a person-centered planning process to develop all Individual Program Plans (IPPs). Persons served, and those who support them, will see many changes in the choice of services and supports available to them. For example, a person served may be able to receive services that regional centers are not allowed to pay for because of past changes to state law, services like camping, certain types of therapies, and behavior services.

Regular regional center services such as supported living services, independent living services and day program services will still be available to persons served and can be purchased through the Self-Determination program. Also, there may be new and different services available through local businesses or community agencies that can be purchased through the Self-Determination program.

How will the IPP process be different under the Self-Determination Program?

Self-Determination program participants will have the opportunity to be more active in creating IPPs and taking on more responsibility in the decision-making process for selecting services and supports. Participants will receive information and training from regional center staff about managing services and supports and hiring staff and agencies. Participants in the program have the option of using an “Independent Facilitator” who can help in planning their services and supports and other tasks related to managing their IPP.

How will budgets be determined under the Self-Determination Program?

Each participant will receive a budget based on the amount of money the regional center spent on services and supports for them from the year before. The budget amount can be changed by the IPP planning team if the participant has some sort of a change in circumstances, needs or resources.

For those who are new to the regional center system, or who have not had a year’s worth of regional center services, the planning team will determine the services and supports needed. Using this information, the regional center will put together a budget based on the average cost of similar services.

What is a Fiscal Management Service and what does it have to do with the Self-Determination program?

A Fiscal Management Service (FMS) is a service that helps a participant to manage their budgets under the Self-Determination program. The FMS representative will help the participant make sure that they have enough money to last throughout the year.

The FMS is a required part of the Self-Determination program by California law.  The FMS representative must be part of an agency that contracts with the regional center for services. The FMS representative cannot be a parent or family member of the participant on the Self-Determination program.

What’s next?

At this time, we do not know when the Self-Determination program will begin.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Things like: 

  • When it will all get started?
  • How will participants be selected to participate in the program during the first phase?
  • And what will the final rules be?

However, as we wait for more information about the Self-Determination program, TCRC is involved with the Self-Determination Committee through the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) to provide information and suggestions to the Department of Developmental Services about the program.

Also, TCRC and the Central Coast Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities will be working together on a variety of activities in preparation for the Self-Determination Program.

Thank you for your interest in Self-Determination and please check the Self-Determination page on the DDS website at:  www.dds.ca.gov/sdp/SDPUpdates.cfm for the most recent updates.

For more information, click on the links below:

Department of Developmental Disabilities Services:  www.dds.ca.gov/sdp/SDPFAQ.cfm

Disability Rights California: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/F07701.pdf

Autism Society Los Angeles County: http://autismla.org/resources/Fact_Sheet_for_Consumers_and_Families.pdf

State Council on Developmental Disabilities: http://www.scdd.ca.gov/

New TCRC Office in Simi Valley

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The Tri-Counties Regional Center office in Simi Valley is moving February 9 - 20, 2015.

We will be available to support your needs during this transition. The new office will open on February 23, 2015.

Our phone and fax numbers will not change.

Telephone:   (805) 522-8030     
Call toll free:  (800) 517-2524
Fax:  (805) 522-8142 

Our New Address is:

Tri-Counties Regional Center
2635 Park Center Drive, Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Action Alert - Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities

Help spread the word and let the Governor and the Legislature know that their actions are critical to sustaining the developmental services system.

Here are three sample letters that you can print, sign and mail.  They include several clear steps that key legislators can take to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Advocacy Letter to Governor Brown

Advocacy Letter to Assemblymember Shirley Weber

Advocacy Letter to Senator Ellen Corbett

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News - Purchase of Services (POS) Reports by Ethnicity, Language, & Diagnosis

Visit this page regularly for additional information.

Recent amendments to the Lanterman Act require Regional Centers and the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to collect and post the following data related to Purchase of Service (POS) authorization, utilization and expenditures for each regional center:

The FY 2013-14 reports will be reviewed and discussed at several meetings in March.  Please click here for more information

FISCAL YEAR 2013-14

Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(a)(4)

Services by Diagnosis – Summary 

Services by Diagnosis - Expanded

Services by Language: WIC Section 4519.5(a)(3)

Services by Ethnicity:  WIC Section 4519.5(a)(2)

Services by Residence 

No Services by Ethnicity or Race: WIC Section 4519.5(b)

No Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(b)

No Services by Diagnosis – Summary 

No Services by Diagnosis- Expanded

No Services by Language 

No Services by Residence

Insurance by Diagnosis - Expanded (NEW)

Insurance by Diagnosis - Legislative (NEW)

Insurance by Diagnosis – Summary (NEW)

Insurance by Ethnicity (NEW)

Insurance by Language - Overview (NEW)

Insurance by Language (NEW)

Insurance by Residence (NEW)

Posted 12/31/14

FISCAL YEAR 2012-13
Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(a)(4)
Services by Diagnosis – Summary (NEW)
Services by Diagnosis - Expanded
Services by Language: WIC Section 4519.5(a)(3)
Services by Ethnicity:  WIC Section 4519.5(a)(2)
Services by Residence (NEW)
No Services by Ethnicity or Race: WIC Section 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis – Summary (NEW)
No Services by Diagnosis- Expanded
No Services by Language (NEW)
No Services by Residence (NEW)

The FY 2012-13 reports will be reviewed and discussed at the public Board of Directors meeting on March 8, 2014.  Click here for more info.

Posted 12/31/13

FISCAL YEAR 2011-12
Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(a)(4)
Services by Diagnosis- Expanded
Services by Language: WIC Section 4519.5(a)(3)
Services by Ethnicity:  WIC Section 4519.5(a)(2)
No Services by Ethnicity or Race: WIC Section 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis- Expanded

These reports were reviewed and discussed in a public meeting on June 8, 2013.  Please click here for more information

Originally Posted 3/31/2013
Revisions Posted 4/3/2013

Regional Center Purchase of Service (POS) Data Limitations of POS Expenditure Data

Purchase of Service Costs
Client Count
Contract Purchase of Service Expenditures
Authorized Services and Utilized Services
Clients with Multiple Diagnosis
Category 5 Clients

Purchase of Service Costs

The Purchase of Service (POS) data displayed represents the cost of services that Clients received that are paid for by the regional center.  This POS expenditure data does not include the cost of services Clients receive that are paid for by Supplemental Security Income, Medi-Cal, the school system, and other generic agencies.  The POS expenditure data represents expenditures the regional center made for services Clients received during the indicated Fiscal Year (FY) based on regional center POS state claim data that was provided by DDS.  The regional center may still make payments for services provided to Clients during each fiscal year for two years after the end of that fiscal year.

Client Count

The total number of Clients who received services during the fiscal year will be greater than the regional center’s actual caseload.  A Client is included in the data if the Client received a regional center funded service at any time during the fiscal year.  A Client who received a single service once during the year is counted the same as a Client who received ongoing monthly services.  The Client is also counted regardless of their current status with the regional center.  The data may include Clients whose current status is closed, transferred-out, in-active, etc. if the Client received regional center services during the fiscal year. 

Contract Purchase of Service Expenditures

Due to the limitations of the regional center uniform fiscal system (UFS), POS expenditure data may not include payments made by the regional center that are paid to a service provider under a “contract”.  Currently, UFS is unable to allocate expenditures paid to a service provider under a “contract” to Clients utilizing the “contract” service.  Therefore, POS expenditures paid under a “contract” are excluded from the POS data.   Typical services paid to a service provider under a “contract” may include, but are not limited to, transportation services and supported employment program (SEP) group services.  Therefore, the total amount of POS expenditures reported will not reconcile with the regional center’s actual POS expenditures for each fiscal year.

Authorized Services and Utilized Services

Services that are authorized “encumber” the funds needed to pay for those services.  The “Utilized” percentage shows what percent of authorized services are used and is determined by total expenditures divided by total authorized services.

Clients with Multiple Diagnoses

There are many clients who have more than one diagnosis.  In the summary reports for Purchase of Service Expenditures by Diagnosis and Consumers with No Purchase of Service by Diagnosis these consumers will be counted in every category for which they have a diagnosis.  As an example, a client with a diagnosis of both autism and epilepsy will be counted in both the “Autism” and “Epilepsy” categories.  Therefore, the sum of the clients reported in all the categories will be more than the total number of clients served by the regional center. 

Category 5 Clients

Clients listed in Category 5, according to Welfare and Institutions Code section 4512, are individuals who have “disabling conditions found to be closely related to mental retardation or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with mental retardation, but shall not include other handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature.”

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