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California Self-Determination Program
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California’s Self-Determination Program (SDP) is a voluntary regional center program that provides participants with an individual budget, which they use to purchase the services/activities/items and the care/support they need to carry out and achieve their person-centered plan (PCP) and Individual Program Plan (IPP).

Self-Determination means more choice, independence, freedom and control for individual CA residents and their families.

Learn even more about this new California program by checking out the options below or signing up for the special PPL CA SDP interest list!


I want to learn more

Free Download: SDP Overview Brochure

Click here to subscribe to our SDP interest list!


Do you have questions about CA SDP, the role of an FMS, and why selecting PPL?
Check out our California Self-Determination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

A Beginner's Guide to the Self-Determination Program

California Self-Determination Program (SDP) - A voluntary program through your local Regional Center. For individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities.

Learn about choosing your Financial Management Services (FMS) Provider

Choice, independence, freedom, and control await you or your loved ones in California. Working with your circle of support — including your family, friends, and possibly an independent facilitator, person-centered planner, and/or your Regional Center service coordinator — you will develop your unique plan and budget to meet your life goals. This includes the support and services you will need. You are required to select a Financial Management Services (FMS) provider company to help you manage and pay for these on your behalf.

The Self-Determination Program


Who we serve

  • CA individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities and their families.


Self-determining Participants and their families can:

  • Negotiate and purchase services (activities and items), from non-traditional/non-regional center vendorized companies, such as their own local businesses or contacts. They can do this for themselves or negotiate unique arrangements with groups in their communities to purchase services.
  • Be the employer of their own care/support workers. This can include family members of friends.



  • PPL is the nation’s largest and most experienced Financial Management Services provider serving populations, who choose to “self-direct” and “self-determine” their long-term home care, support, and services.
  • PPL is offering the Bill Payer and Sole Employer Financial Management Services models.

Contact Us

Call 888-419-7468 to learn about SDP, and if it's the right choice for you.

The SDP Network

Are you looking for Independent Facilitators and other service providers?

The California Self-Determination Program Network is a NEW website that connect Self-Determining Californians with Independent Facilitators and other service providers.

The network was developed in partnership with PPL, the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center and Education Spectrum.

Click here to visit the Network