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Independent Facilitation (CA SDP)

What is the California Self-Determination Program (SDP)?

"In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law the Self-Determination Program, which will provide consumers and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet objectives in their Individual Program Plan. Proceeding the 3-year implementation period of the SDP where the program was only available to 2,500 individuals, beginning July 1, 2021, the Self-Determination Program (SDP) will be available to all eligible regional center consumers." (California Department of Developmental Services)

What are Independent Facilitation services?

Independent Facilitator (IF) services are available throughout the Eastern Sierra and Southern California. My supports can include and are not limited to:

  • Helping to make informed decisions about annual spending budgets

  • Locating, accessing, and coordinating services and supports*

  • Assisting in identifying immediate and longterm goals and needs

  • Developing options to meet goals and needs

  • Advocating for supports

  • Leading, assisting, participating, and/or advocating during Person-Centered Planning meetings

To learn more, schedule a FREE introductory meeting at

*If you are seeking supports from IGNITE Collective, Inc., I am unable to act as your IF. I am happy to recommend other IF options in this situation.

How can someone get involved in the SDP?

Tell your Regional Center Service Coordinator that you would like to join the California Self-Determination Program, and they will give you more information. You can also contact me with questions.

Payment Philosophy

I believe that taking my general consultation rate from a person's publicly funded annual support budget is unethical. I work with each person and their team to determine a rate or fee that makes sense for their financial and support situation.


If you are able to afford to offset others' costs, I urge you to make a tax-deductible donation to

IGNITE Collective, Inc. - 501(c)(3) 46-3339587.

“We are grateful to have Molly on our team as an IF. Her expertise and experience in the field as well as her superb organizational and communication capabilities proved to be essential in securing the needed budget for our services. Also, we relied on her coaching ability when one of our underperforming service providers needed help and advice.”

- Jana Bateman (parent)

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