How Do I Get Started?
To determine your eligibility for the Participant-Directed Program or Self-Determination Program, reach out to your local regional center. To find the regional center nearest to your place of residence, please go to: https://www.dds.ca.gov/rc/listings/
Know Your Rights
Under the Lanterman Act, California is the only state in which the right of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be supported in the least restrictive environment is construed as a civil right and an individual entitlement – not merely a right to “take a number and wait in line” until sufficient state resources become available.
Eligibility does not depend on immigration status; even undocumented residents are entitled to receive benefits under the Lanterman Act.
Not on the HCBS Waiver or SDP Waiver?
If there is not a spot available on a Waiver or your local regional center chooses to not put you on a Waiver, you are still entitled to receive Participant-Directed or Self-Determination services under the Lanterman Act.
How to Enroll
To enroll in the Participant-Directed Program or Self-Determination Program, an individual must first qualify for Lanterman Act Services. To do so, you will need to go through a review process with your local regional center.
An applicant is developmentally disabled under California law if (s)he developed a disability:
- Before turning 18
- That continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely
- That constitutes a substantial disability
- That includes an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and/or a disabling condition that is closely related to intellectual disability or requires treatment similar to that required for individuals with an intellectual disability
The process to qualify for Participant-Directed or Self-Determination services consists of at least five steps:
- The individual must be found eligible for services under the Lanterman Act
- The regional center must confirm that the individual meets the community residence requirement
- The individual must enroll in federally-funded Medi-Cal through a county department of social services
- The individual must receive at least one purchase of service (POS) from his/her regional center (RC) that qualifies for federal reimbursement
- A determination may be made regarding whether the individual’s disability is sufficiently severe to qualify him/her for an institutional level of care. If this determination takes place and the individual meets the applicant standard, (s)he may consent to enroll in the HCBS Waiver consent. If the fifth step does not take place or the individual does not meet the requirement, (s)he may still consent to enroll in the In-Home Support Services State Plan Amendment (1915(i) SPA)