SDP Orientations Happening Now at Area Regional Centers!

Regional Center’s long-awaited Self-Determination Program opened to all eligible RC families on July 1! If you’re interested in enrolling in the program and have not yet attended an orientation, you should know that orientation is required for interested families. We’ve put together a list of the orientation schedules for nine local SoCal Regional Centers in alphabetical order to make it easy for you to find a time that works for you and yours.

Check out these additional Self-Determination resources here, including recordings of our Self-Determination Q&As, lowdown articles, and more.  


  Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center

ELARC Main Office
1000 S. Fremont Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803

Whittier District Office
13215 Penn St., Suite 410
Whittier, CA 90602

Information and Training Specialist: Brendali Maldonado, (626) 299-4788

ELARC SDP Orientation Feb to June Flyer  

ELARC SDP Orientation July to Nov Flyer 

Information on SDP and ELARC SDP Orientation Description

Format:  Zoom 


July 21, 2021: Part 1
July 28, 2021: Part 2 
August 18, 2021: Part 1
August 25, 2021: Part 2 
September 15, 2021: Part 1
September 22, 2021: Part 2 
October 20, 2021: Part 1
October 27, 2021: Part 2 
November 10, 2021: Part 1
November 17, 2021: Part 2 

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Length of session: 3 hours per session, 6 hours total 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? They were told by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) that potential participants have to take the orientation at their own RC. At this time, since they have not heard differently from DDS, a potential participant that is receiving services with ELARC will have to retake the orientation with ELARC even if they took it with another RC.

Notes: Click on the dates you want on the flyer and you will be taken to the Zoom registration page. After you register, you will receive an email with the link to join the meeting. Individuals need to register first, and they need to attend Part 1 before attending Part 2.


  Harbor Regional Center

21231 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 540-1711 
Director of Children’s Services: Antoinette Perez, M.S., (310) 543-0605

HRC SDP Orientation and HRC SD Flyer 

Format: Zoom 

Dates and times:  

July 22, 2021: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
August 12, 2021: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
August 25, 2021: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Length of session: 3 hours 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? HRC will honor and accept orientations from other centers, although there may be some slight differences in the training received.

Notes: Effective July 1, the Self-Determination Program is available to everyone, and they are hosting monthly orientations in both English and Spanish. Participation in an orientation is a requirement for enrollment in the program. To register and attend the orientation, please contact your service coordinator. 


  Inland Regional Center

San Bernardino Office:
1365 South Waterman Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Riverside Office:
1500 Iowa Avenue, Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92507

Consumer Support Technician III: Sarah Hartsell, (909) 890-4784 

Inland SDP Orientation

Format: Zoom 


August 27, 2021
September 24, 2021
October 22, 2021
November 19, 2021 

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (30-minute lunch break) 

Length of session: 3.5 hours 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? They do accept completion of an orientation from other RCs. If you are unable to attend a “live” online orientation, they also offer a pre-recorded version that you can view on your own time. Call Sarah Hartsell at (909) 890-4784 or email if you would like the information for the pre-recorded version.

Notes: Interested consumers can complete the orientation now in preparation for the rollout this summer. You will be able to click on the link from the IRC calendar the day of the training and log in from there. They do not provide a certificate, but they do keep record of who attends as this is a mandatory orientation to proceed with Self-Determination. Contact Sarah Hartsell at (909) 890-4784 or with any questions.


  Lanterman Regional Center

3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Self-Determination Specialist: Adrian Jimenez, (213) 252-8642

Lanterman SDP Orientation Flyer

Format: Self-paced online module 

Length of session: 1 hour 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? They do not have a problem with families completing SDP orientations at another RC, as long as they show proof of completion. 

Notes: This training is required as the first step for anyone prior to enrolling in the SDP program. The Lanterman SDP orientations are available virtually, are pre-recorded, and are self-paced. A parent can pause, replay, and resume the orientation on their own time. Mr. Jimenez let us know that he might consider creating a special follow-up open forum session bimonthly to answer questions and frequent topics of questions. 

In this orientation, parents will get a broad overview of the program, followed by a more in-depth look at the following:

  • The roles and responsibilities associated with the Self-Determination Program
  • Person-centered planning
  • An explanation of a person’s individual budget and how that is determined
  • What a services and supports spending plan is
  • What a Financial Management Service (FMS) is and how it is used 
  • Safety concerns
  • Next steps for getting started


  North Los Angeles County Regional Center

9200 Oakdale Ave, Suite 100
Chatsworth, CA, 91311

Self-Determination Specialist: Dianne Lotivio M.A., (818) 756-6487

NLACRC SDP Orientation

Format: Zoom   

Dates: Orientations will be the first and second Mondays of the month in English and the third Monday of the month in Spanish. If you need a different language, indicate that in your RSVP.

August 2 and August 9 (English)
August 16 (Spanish)
September 6 and September 13 (English)
September 20 (Spanish)
October 4 and October 11 (English)
October 18 (Spanish)
November 1 and November 8 (English)
November 15 (Spanish)
December 6 (English)
December 20 (Spanish) 

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Length of session: 3 hours 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? They would prefer that you attend their orientation, but if you’ve attended another RC’s orientation, you may send the proof of completion to and they will check to see if they can accept it.  

Notes: RSVPs are required, as the schedule is subject to change. Email or call (818) 756-6314 to RSVP. Be sure to leave your callback number and an email address if you have one so they can provide you with the virtual meeting log-in or dial-in information. You will get an informational packet and the Zoom link for the meeting. 

Attending the orientation is the first step to transitioning into SDP and is required. You will not receive an actual certificate of completion, but they do take roll at the orientation to ensure all of their participants are given credit for attending.


  Regional Center of Orange County

Main office: 
1525 North Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 796-5100

West area office:
10803 Hope Street, Suite A
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 796-2900

Training and Organizational Specialist: Cathy Furukawa, MSW, (714) 796-5181

RCOC Orientation Flyer (English)

RCOC Orientation Flyer (Spanish)

Format: Online self-paced module 

Accepts orientations from other RCs? In order for people within the Orange County area to move forward with SDP, they will need to complete an orientation from RCOC. This ensures they are able to check attendance and consistency of information.

Notes: RCOC is in the process of recording the orientation right now in English; it will be in eight parts that are 10 to 20 minutes each, so people can go at their own pace on their own schedule. They will then have the presentation translated into Spanish. Once it is ready, the information will be sent out and posted on their website.


  San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center (SGPRC)

75 Rancho Camino Drive 
Pomona CA 91766
(909) 620-7722 

San Gabriel/Pomona SDP Orientation Flyer 

Format: Self-paced online module 

Length of session: 1 to 2 hours  

Notes: Register for the self-paced online module for the required Self-Determination orientation. Email or contact your Service Coordinator for more information. 


  South Central Los Angeles Regional Center

2500 South Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Program Manager II – Unit One: Naomi Hagel, M.S., (323) 998-9519 


Format: Webinar

Dates and times: 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (English only)
Thursday, July 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Spanish only)
Friday, August 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (English only)
Friday, August 27, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Spanish only)

Length of session: 4 hours

Accepts orientations from other RCs? You must attend via SCLARC. Orientations from other Regional Centers or community organizations will not be accepted. However, Ms. Hagel states, “On a case-by-case basis, if another Regional Center inquired, we may be willing to have a participant from another Regional Center attend our orientations; the Self-Determination email list is not exclusive to SCLARC and we do welcome anyone and everyone to attend our regularly scheduled meetings, trainings, etc., in order to obtain information, ask questions, and be part of our community.”

Notes: Orientation is the first step to receiving services under the Self-Determination Program and is more in-depth than the initial informational sessions. Attending orientation is mandatory for enrolling, and SCLARC will not be accepting orientations from other Regional Centers or outside providers. The documents that will be discussed in the orientation are listed here.


 Westside Regional Center (WRC) 

5901 Green Valley Cir #320
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 258-4000

WRC SD Information

PDF with Instructions


Part 1: Online self-paced module 

Part 2: Zoom 

Length of session: Two-part orientation, WRC has not indicated the length of time for each session.

Accepts orientations from other RCs? Yes, Westside Regional Center accepts orientations from other Regional Centers.

Notes: You must participate in a two-part orientation. 

  • First step: Create an account on the WRC’s Learning Center Website. To do this, you will need to provide your name, email, name of the person served by WRC, their birthdate, and their UCI and service coordinator’s name. Once you log in, you will be able to select “Browse Catalog” in the upper left-hand corner, then select “Self-Determination.” This will lead you to a menu with the option to enroll in the online portion of the orientation. The course is available in both English and Spanish. To enroll, click “enroll” for the course in the language of your preference. If you are not able to complete the course in one sitting, you can log back on and resume where you left off at another time. To do this, log back in using your email and password, go to “My Learning Activities” and click “Resume” next to the Self-Determination course. If you forget your password, you can reset it on the login page.
  • Second step: WRC staff will confirm your affiliation with their Regional Center, and you will be contacted to schedule Part 2 of the orientation, which will take place over Zoom. You can expect to hear from WRC staff within one week of completing Part 1, if you are affiliated with someone receiving services from WRC. You will be offered the soonest available session in English or Spanish.
  • Third step: You will receive a certificate of completion and your service coordinator will be informed that you are eligible to begin Self-Determination. 

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