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DDS Resources, Info and Updates

DDS Online SDP Resources

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) web site has great information about the Self-Determination program including a video, frequently asked questions and training materials.

The links below contain information on the current status and background of the Self-Determination Program. Updates will be posted as we progress towards implementation. If you have questions, comments, or want to be notified of updates, please e-mail

DDS SDP Information

New "Office of SDP Ombudsperson" Created to Assist Individuals & Families

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is pleased to announce that Katie Hornberger has been appointed as the Acting Ombudsperson for the Self-Determination Program (SDP). Ms. Hornberger comes to DDS from Disability Rights California where she was the Director of the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy.

The Acting Ombudsperson will address SDP questions and concerns while the new Office of the SDP Ombudsperson is being set up and permanently staffed pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 4685.9.

Visit the new SDP Ombudsperson website here

On the new website you will find:

All inquiries to the Ombudsperson Office are confidential. Informational meetings with regional centers, parent groups and other interested parties are being scheduled to help educate everyone about the new office.

View a presentation on the Office of the Ombudsperson for Self-Determination

DDS SDP Updates

SDP - Goods and Services (01.13.22)
In alignment with the key principles of the Self-Determination Program (SDP), participants have the authority to control an individual budget to purchase needed services and supports to achieve their Individual Program Plan (IPP) goals. The purpose of this correspondence is to provide additional guidance regarding goods and services in the SDP. Read the entire letter from DDS

Self-Determination Program: Individual Budget Development and Certification Tool and Spending Plan Frequently Asked Questions (01.28.22)

Read the update