SelfDetermination Planning

Self-Determination Resources:

Background Checks

Generally required for anyone directly providing a service to a SDRC consumer. WIC § 4685.8.

Basic FAQs (DDS) Link

This is a user-friendly list of questions and answers from the Department of Developmental Services for those exploring self-determination and need answers to common questions.

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Link

This website gives a broad overview of the history, program itself, and includes links to other informational resources. Included on this site on its "Program Directives & Implementation Tools page is the "Individual's Budget Calculation and Certification Tool" used by regional centers to calculate independent budgets.

Fiscal Management Services (FMS) Rates Link

Lanterman Act (Self-Determination) Link

This section of the Lanterman Act provides information and definitions of key terms (for example, "Financial management services," "Independent Facilitator," etc.).

Role of the Independent Facilitator (SCDD) Link

Information discussing the role and requirements of an independent facilitator.

SDRC list of Independent Facilitators.

SDRC Self-Determination Information Page Link

This is the site of the San Diego Regional Center, which hosts updates and links to important information, informational meeting dates and more.

Service Codes

Traditional Model Service Codes & Descriptions

Traditional Service Codes List

Self-Determination Model

SCDD "Festival of Learning"
6/8/2020: Overview of Self-Determination Principles
8/10/2020: Beacons Starts around the 59: mark (Facilitator Lucile Lynch presenting)
SDRC informational meetings
Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Visit the SDRC website for more information!

If you have already attended a SDRC informational meeting, and wish to go on the DDS self-determination list, please submit the consumer's UCI, DOB, name, and desire to be on the DDS selection list for the selection lottery to the SDRC (note: effective June 2021, anyone can enroll and will not need to go on a list, but will still need to inform the SDRC of the choice to enroll in the Self-Determination program).

Beacons Person-Centered Planning

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To start the process: Please complete the Beacons S-D Questionnaire.


In 2013, the State of California adopted the Self-Determination program to enable SDRC consumers to use state funding to create their own daily activities and hire staffing teams. This innovative option enables SDRC consumers to strengthen their control over their daily lives by hiring the people they want to work with to do what they want, instead of having to use SDRC vendors and being limited to what the vendors offer. Starting in June 2021, any SDRC consumer can enroll in the Self-Determination program.


To help SDRC consumers figure out how to do this, Beacons has trained Independent Facilitators (funded by the SDRC) to explore the consumer's interests, dreams and needs, and devise a plan to help the consumer implement the steps needed to nurture those interests. Our Beacons team has done countless person-centered plans as part of our PathFinder vocational training workshops. Our independent facilitator team shares their community connections and expertise to guide robust initial person-driven planning for individuals and find staffing. 


Our initial-person centered planning service uses our Beacons "Lighthouse" program to make sure SDRC consumers and their trusted team members have a meaningful, easily understood plan to support the consumer's dreams and goals relating to employment, post-secondary education, advocacy, person-driven planning and general community integration. We can help a little or a lot - it's up to the client!

SDRC Clients: No vendor number is needed to access this service. 

Ages served: Beacons provides person-centered planning services starting with individuals who are within a year of exiting their high school district through graduation or by aging out of an adult transition program.

Ready to start? Please complete the Consumer S-D Questionnaire. After this questionnaire is received, a member of our planning team will contact you. Questions? Please contact:

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Interested in Self-Determination? 

Contact us today to attend one of our family and consumer informational meetings!

Self-Determination Planning

Lead a life of your choosing with the team of your choosing!

Our experienced independent facilitators can help you develop the vision, identify resources and manage the documentation so that you can enjoy this new journey with the team and options you want! We have been doing person-centered planning as part of our PathFinder vocational training workshops and now offer the Beacons Lighthouse person-centered planning for those seeking initial person-centered (person-directed) planning assistance to help launch a highly customized and rewarding self-determination program. 



Janet Schenker has a Master's in Public Administration from USC and a Master's in Non-Profit Management and Communal Service from Hebrew Union College. She has dedicated her life to being an advocate for others. From her younger years to her career choices, to her personal family story of having children with special needs, Janet has been a fighter for what is right and an organizer who makes things happen. Her first career was a community organizer, an advocate for civil rights, religious liberty, public education and women's rights, and an experienced project director for various organizations. Her second career has been as a property manager and owner of a residential senior property. Janet has been an unwavering advocate for her younger son with special needs as well as for her older son. In Orange County, she was active as the chair for the Community Advisory Committee for the regional special education consortium for Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and a member of the Brit Tikvah support group for families with special needs in her synagogue. Janet has facilitated a person-driven planning sessions as part of the Beacons PathFinder program and now contributes those skills as part of the Beacons Self-Determination division. For more information, please visit our About Us Page.


Bethany Britt is a trained independent facilitator who was born and raised in Southern California and is a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School so she has endless contacts throughout our community. Bethany has a BA in Special Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Educational Counseling from National University. She holds credentials in Pupil Personnel Services, Educational Specialist of Instruction Level II and CrossCultural Language and Academic Development in the state of California. Bethany taught special education in a Moderate/Severe program for the Chandler Unified School District and coached the girls JV soccer team for Hamilton High School for two years. After returning to San Diego, she taught in both Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe programs for the San Dieguito Union High School District for 13 years. During her time at SDUHSD, Bethany helped lead the TAP program at Torrey Pines High School and La Costa Canyon High School. In 2015, Bethany won the Collaborative Team Award for the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education. Bethany is a valued member of the Beacons Independent Facilitation team for Self-Determination and brings her years of experience as a collaborative educator to help launch the dreams of those ready to live a life of their choosing!