Beacons Person-Centered Planning
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To start the process: Please complete the Beacons S-D Questionnaire.
NOTE: We currently have a waitlist to start the PCP process for Self Determination
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.
PLEASE NOTE: We currently have a waitlist for those wanting to start the PCP process for Self Determination.
Questions? Please contact: SD@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Interested in Self-Determination?
Contact us today to attend one of our family and consumer informational meetings!
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.
SCDD "Festival of Learning"
6/8/2020: Overview of Self-Determination Principles
8/10/2020: Beacons Starts around the 59: mark (Beacons 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).
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 person-driven planning sessions as part of the Beacons PathFinder program and now contributes those skills as a trained Independent Facilitator and Chair of the Beacons Self-Determination division.
Sunny Groseclose is a trained Independent Facilitator at Beacons working with clients on their Person Centered Planning for Self Determination. From a young age, Sunny always had a heart for people of different abilities and wanted that to be the focal point of her life and career. Even though she holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from University of Cal State San Marcos, her heart ultimately led her away from a business platform to something more intimate; working with individuals and their families one-to-one in people’s homes.
Prior to coming to Beacons, Sunny worked for a local company as a Registered Behavioral Therapist and transitioned into a second role as a Parent Trainer; where she worked directly with kids (and teens) who have been diagnosed with Autism, as well as supporting their families through the process within their homes, schools, and their community.
Coming to Beacons last year after her training as an Independent Facilitator, Sunny joined the Self Determination team. She continues to enjoy working directly with clients and incorporating parents/families into the process, thereby creating a compassionate and dedicated support system for the individual while also being a part of building community awareness. When Sunny is not at Beacons, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young sons and their dog!