Self-Determination Program (SDP)

Welcome to the Self-Determination Program (SDP) homepage! We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities this program provides for individuals who receive regional center services.

In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 468 (Emmerson) into law to create the SDP.  SDP provides individuals and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet objectives in their Individual Program Plan. During the 3-year implementation period of the SDP, the program only was available to 2,500 individuals.  Starting July 1, 2021, the SDP now is available to all eligible individuals receiving services from a regional center.

This site is designed to allow individuals interested in the program, participants already in the program and their related support system access to resources to assist in getting enrolled and learning about the SDP.  If you are interested in participating in the SDP, reach out to your regional center for more information on how to get started.

If you have other questions, comments, or want to be notified of updates, please e-mail

The Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee at Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) put together a video that talks about a meaningful life in the community through the Self-Determination Program. You can watch the video on the CVRC website.


Program Directives

Frequently Asked Questions

SDP Ombudsperson

Financial Management Services (FMS)

Independent Facilitators (IFs)

Background Checks

Resources and Tools

Program Updates


Last modified: May 1, 2024