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Senate Bill 468 - Self Determination for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Webinar – August 20, 2013. Presented by Judy Mark & Connie Lapin Co Chairs, Government Relations Committee. Participants of this webinar will learn about:.
Judy Mark & Connie Lapin
Co Chairs, Government Relations Committee
Do you or your son or daughter get services through the Regional Center?Would you like more control over the services you receive and who provides them?Would you like to get services that aren't normally funded by the Regional Center?
Self-determination provides an alternative to the traditional method of providing regional center services to consumers.
It allows individuals with developmental disabilities, with the support of family, friends, and professionals, to take charge of their future by gaining control over the services, supports and resources that they need.
The Self-Determination program is VOLUNTARY. No consumer can be forced into or out of the program. Consumers can leave the SD program at any time, but can’t return for one year.
Self-determination is not about getting more or less services -- it is about choice, control and access.
In 1998, the California Legislature amended the Lanterman Act to include a Self-Determination Pilot Project.
The highly successful program was piloted in five regional centers across California and included 200 participants.
In 2002, a report was issued to the State Legislature that stated the pilot project was a success, offering participants freedom and better outcomes for the same amount of money.
The program continues to exist for the original pilot participants as long as they choose self-determination.
Authored by Senators Emmerson and Beall and co-authored by Assemblymembers Mitchell and Chesbro.
Sponsored by the Autism Society of Los Angeles and Disability Rights California.
Supported by every major family and consumer organization.
SB 468 passed through every Senate Committee and on the floor unanimously.
Last week, SB 468 passed 7-0 in the Assembly Human Services Committee.
On its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
of services and supports that help them to build
the quality of life they desire.
Local training will be provided by a collaboration between community-based organizations and regional centers.
The trainers will focus on:
Special outreach will be made to underserved communities to ensure that consumers and families are made aware of the self-determination option and provided the support to participate if they choose. Trainings and materials should be made available in multiple languages.
A consumer and family can choose to use an Independent Facilitator to assist them in the following ways:
An Independent Facilitator should not currently serve the consumer either through the regional center or as a provider of services. Independent Facilitators will be trained on Person-Centered Planning and all aspects of the Self-Determination Program. They should be experienced in the options that exist in the community.
A consumer can choose not to have an Independent Facilitator or can ask their Service Coordinator for assistance in developing their plan through self-determination.
Distributes funds to providers; Monitors the individual budget; Works with DOJ on Criminal Backgrd Checks
Leads Person Centered Plan; Helps identify community services and supports;
Receive training; Help consumer select services; Monitor expenditures;
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