SDP Connect

SDP Connect is a weekly information-sharing Zoom meeting for Self-Determination Program (SDP) participants from everywhere in California, family members, independent facilitators, FMSs, regional center staff, service providers, and anyone else who is interested in moving the SDP forward! Each meeting will last only one hour. The first 15-20 minutes will be a presentation on a different topic followed by questions and answers from attendees at the meeting. We will stop each meeting after one hour but we will be back the following week to provide more assistance.

These are recordings of our past SDP Connect calls.

This meeting was recorded on September 28, 2022. The recording features Jim Knights, Deputy Director, Administration Division of Department of Developmental Services (DDS) explaining the new directive DDS issued. We also announced our upcoming Self-Determination Conference, which will take place virtually on December 2, 2022. More information on registering for the conference can be found on our website Disabilityvoicesunited.org .

Department of Developmental Services New Directive

Breaking Through Barriers Advancing Self-Determination Conference Presentation

This meeting was recorded on September 14, 2022. This video features DVU’s President, Judy Mark leading a discussion to compare and contrast the Self-Determination Program (SDP) with Participant-Directed Services (PDS) to see how the SDP provides true freedom and authority.

The SDP vs PDS Presentation Slides

This meeting was recorded on August 31, 2022. This video features a panelist discussion of how to access communication services through the Self-Determination Program including: William Del Rosario, Kelly Kulzer-Reyes, Tim Jin and Debra Jorgensen.

William Del Rosario’s Transcript

Powerpoint from Kelly Kulzer-Reyes

Powerpoint from Debra Jorgensen

This meeting was recorded on August 17, 2022. This video features the Special Online Event: State Audit on DDS & Regional Centers.

Link to access the audit report discussed throughout the meeting.

This meeting was recorded on August 10, 2022. This video features the Self-Determination Program’s new Ombudsperson, Suzy Requarth.

Link to Presentation: “Office of the Ombudsperson for Self-Determination”, by Katie Hornberger (DDS)

This meeting was recorded on July 20, 2022. This video features a panel of Financial Management Services representatives, including Jason Bergquist, Elva Chavez, Victor Lira, Susan Pina, and Yvette Torres.
This meeting was recorded on July 6, 2022. This video features a panelist discussion of California’s recently passed State Budget. Vivian Huan, Will Leiner, Mark Melanson, and Judy Mark discuss the impact on people in the Self-Determination Program.

Link to “California Passed Its State Budget Last Week: How Does It Impact People in the SDP” Presentation

This meeting was recorded on June 22, 2022. It features a Pannelist of Participant Choice Specialists including: Elizabeth Diaz, Silvia Haro, Sheila Keys, Brendali Maldonado, Michele Poaster, Angie Shear, Randall Smith, and David Webb-Rex.

Link to “Participant Choice Specialist Panel” Presentation by DVU

This meeting was recorded on June 8, 2022. It features an Open Forum where participants asked questions about the Self-Determination Program. The discussion was led by DVU’s President and Founder, Judy Mark.
This meeting was recorded on May 25, 2022. It features an overview of the State Budget and its impact on the Self-Determination Program. The discussion was lead by DVU leaders Judy Mark and Nina Spiegelman.

Link to “Life After High School Transition” Presentation by Stephen Hinkle

Link to “SDP Critical Thinking” Presentation by Darlene Hanson

Link to “The State Budget and Its Impact on the Self-Determination Program” Presentation by Disability Voices United

Link to “Self-Determination In School” Presentation by Dr. Amy Hanreddy

This meeting was recorded on May 11, 2022. It features a discussion on nurturing self-determination among youth with developmental disabilities. We were joined by special guest speakers, Dr. Amy Hanreddy, Stephen Hinkle, and Darlene Hanson.
This meeting was recorded on April 27, 2022. It features a Self-Advocate Pannel Hour, hosted by Molly Kennedy. The panel shares their personal triumphs and experiences with the Self-Determination Program: Howard McBroom, Lisa Cooley, Tim Jin, Deaka McClain, and Fernando Preciado.
This meeting was recorded on April 13, 2022. It discusses strategies to ensure success in the second year of the SDP and beyond.
This meeting was recorded on March 30, 2022. It discusses the person-centered plan and how it acts as a road map to the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded on March 16, 2022. It discusses how to find and keep great staff in the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded on March 2, 2022. It presents DVU’s recommendations to improve the SDP and allows time for feedback from the attendees of this SDP Connect.
This meeting was recorded on February 16, 2022. It discusses what participant choice specialists are and how they might impact the SDP.
This meeting was recorded January 26, 2022. It discusses the new directive from DDS regarding consumers’ spending plans.
This meeting was recorded on January 12, 2022. It discusses the new opportunities available to people in the Self-Determination Program for 2022.
This meeting was recorded December 15, 2021. It discusses DVU Assistant Director of Communication Projects Tim Jin’s experience with the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded December 1, 2021. It discusses upcoming developments to funding for person-centered planning and transition services.
This meeting was recorded November 17, 2021. It discusses recent updates and directives from the state on the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded November 3, 2021. It discusses how regional center Self-Determination Local Advisory Committees are supposed to provide oversight of the program.

Office of Ombudsperson for Self-Determination PPT

This meeting was recorded October 20, 2021. In this meeting, Ms. Hornberger, SDP’s new Acting Ombudsperson, addresses SDP questions and concerns.
This meeting was recorded October 6, 2021. It discusses what the role of a Financial Management Service (FMS) is in the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded on September 22, 2021. It discusses what the role of an independent facilitator is in the Self-Determination Program.
This meeting was recorded September 1, 2021. It’s part 2 of our series on The Basics On Your Spending Plan. This video discusses what a spending plan is, how it’s developed and what the rules are.
This meeting was recorded August 25, 2021. It’s part 1 of our series on The Basics On Your Spending Plan. This video discusses the basics of creating your spending plan.
This SDP Connect was recorded on August 18, 2021 as part of our Take 2 series. It is the second part of our Take 2 coverage on the individual budget.
This SDP Connect was recorded on August 11, 2021 as part of our Take 2 series. It is the first part of our Take 2 coverage on the individual budget.
This SDP Connect was recorded on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. It’s part of our Take 2 series on the Self-Determination Program. This video discusses how the person-centered plan informs a person’s journey in the SDP.
SDP Connect – Take 2 is a series that goes over some of the topics we’ve already covered, but adds updates for people new to the SDP and for people who already know about the SDP. This week, we cover SDP 101 – take 2!
This SDP Connect was recorded on July 21, 2021. It discusses the recent DDS guidance on person-centered planning funds & answers community questions on the Self-Determination Program.
This SDP Connect was recorded on July 14, 2021. It discusses the details of the 2021 HCBS spending plan.

The Final Countdown to SDP – June 30, 2021 (view this link for complete musical experience)

This SDP Connect was recorded on June 16, 2021. It discusses even more budget updates to California’s 2021 state budget & answers local questions about the SDP.
This SDP Connect was recorded on June 9, 2021. It discusses further updates to California’s 2021 state budget & preparation for the Self-Determination Program rollout.
This SDP Connect was recorded on June 2, 2021. It discusses updates to California’s state budget & preparation for the rollout.
This SDP Connect was recorded on May 26, 2021. It discusses updates to the 2021 California state budget and features questions. It also features answers on the Self-Determination Program.
This SDP Connect was recorded on May 19, 2021. It discusses what the Governor’s May edits to the proposed California state budget mean for the Self-Determination Program.
This SDP Connect was recorded on May 12, 2021. It features SDP participants and family members speaking candidly regarding the SDP.
This SDP Connect was recorded on April 28, 2021. It’s a talkback session for folks who attended the All In for Self-Determination! online conference.
This SDP Connect was recorded on April 14, 2021. It discusses everything you need to know about the All In for Self-Determination! online conference.
This SDP Connect was recorded on March 17, 2021. It discusses what participants in the SDP might experience during their second year, and strategies for success.
This SDP Connect was recorded on February 24, 2021. It introduces the Independent Facilitators Network.
This SDP Connect was recorded February 10, 2021. It discusses ideas and programming for the All In for Self-Determination Conference for 2021.
This SDP Connect was recorded January 13, 2020. It discusses ongoing events in the program and preparations you can make to enter the Self-Determination Program in June of 2021.
This SDP Connect was recorded December 16, 2020. It discusses everything you need to know about the Self-Determination Program, from the waitlist and when the program opens up for everybody, to person-centered planning and the role of an independent facilitator.
This SDP Connect was recorded November 2, 2020. It discusses the new DDS Directive on the FMS and how to ensure your spending plan meets your needs.
This SDP Connect was recorded on November 18, 2020. It introduces members of several local regional center advisory committees and discusses how they can help make your regional center work for you.
This SDP Connect was recorded on November 4, 2020. It discusses how the SDP makes a difference in people’s lives.
This SDP Connect was recorded on October 21, 2020. It is about supporting people who need support communicating in the Self-Determination Program.

Guide to the Fair Hearing process in Self-Determination provided by Katie Hornberger of Disability Rights California

This SDP Connect open forum was recorded on October 7, 2020.
This is the second part of the call recorded on September 16, 2020. It discusses the fair hearing process in the Self-Determination Program.
This is the first part of the call recorded on September 16, 2020. It discusses the fair hearing process in the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded on September 9, 2020. It discusses how self-determination supports education.
This call was recorded on September 2, 2020. It discusses how IPPs differ in the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded on August 19, 2020. It is a forum where participants and their family members are able to present their triumphs and challenges in the Self-Determination Program to members of DDS.
This call was recorded on August 12, 2020. It discusses the generic resources requirement in the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded on August 5, 2020. It talks about making sure your services in the Self-Determination Program follow the inclusion rule.
This call was recorded on July 29, 2020. It talks about selecting and hiring independent facilitators, financial management services (FMSs), and service providers.
This call was recorded on July 22, 2020. It talks about getting services through the Self-Determination Program during the coronavirus epidemic.
This call was recorded July 15, 2020. It focuses on person-centered planning’s role in the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded July 8, 2020. It features a brainstorming session about the spending plan, with all call attendees invited to participate.
This call was recorded July 1, 2020. It takes you step-by-step through the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded on June 24, 2020. It talk about how to choose and work with a financial management service (FMS).
This call was recorded on June 17, 2020. It is about making the case for unmet need in the Self-Determination Program.
This call was recorded on June 10, 2020. It is about the difference between the individual budget and the spending plan in the California Self-Determination Program.