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Self-Determination Advisory Committee

What is Self-Determination Brochure

What is Self-Determination Brochure – Spanish

Funding Letter for Advisory Committee to Support Implementation of the Self-Determination Program

Funding Allocation

Financial Management Services (FMS) Flyer

Self-Determination Program Meet & Greet – October 25, 2021 via Zoom Video

Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee

About the Committee

About the Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SDAC):  The committee’s role is to provide oversight of the Self-Determination Program. The committee shall review the development and ongoing progress of the Self-Determination Program, including whether the program advances the principles of Self-Determination and is operating consistent with the requirements of this section, and may make ongoing recommendations for improvement to the regional center and the department. They are to ensure the work is getting done, not to do the work. They are also tasked with facilitating the sharing of best practices and training materials. 

Per statute, the Local Advisory Committee members must include consumers, family members, the regional center Clients’ Rights Advocate, as well as other advocates and community leaders. The local SDAC must also reflect the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area.

Valley Mountain Regional Center appoints half the members and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities appoints the other half of the members. A member is appointed for up to two (3) year terms.  The committee has voted to not have Bylaws for this committee.

Committee Members:  Mariela Ramos, Chair, Karen Bonacci, Vice Chair, Lisa Culley, Secretary/FRN, Mary Bonacci, Griselda Estrada, John Forrest, Alphonse Mickahail, Kerstin Williams, Araceli Espinoza, Rosa Chable-Poot, Jeffrey Lazaro, Arely Solano, Gloria Perez-Stewart (OCRA).

English Application for Self-Determination Advisory Committee

Spanish Application for Self-Determination Advisory Committee


All information and materials for these meetings will be posted 10 days before each meeting and posted on www.vmrc.net/self-determination-advisory-committee/ and www.scdd.ca.gov

Next Meeting (Every 3rd Thursday of the Month): The next Self-Determination Advisory Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the VMRC Stockton Office Cohen Board Room (702 North Aurora Street, Stockton, CA 95202) and via Zoom video conference. For the Zoom information, click here


Agendas and Minutes


June 16, 2022

Agenda (English) (Spanish)

Minutes (English) (Spanish)

VMRC SDAC Special Events Workgroup Report (English) (Spanish)

SDAC Support Project RFP (English) (Spanish)


May 19, 2022 – The May 19, 2022 meeting was not held. There was not a meeting held in April 2022 either.

Agenda (English) (Spanish)

Minutes (English) (Spanish)

VMRC SDAC Special Events Workgroup Report (English) (Spanish)

SDAC Support Project RFP (English) (Spanish)


March 17, 2022

Agenda (English) (Spanish)

Minutes (English) (Spanish)

Bylaws Survey (English) (Spanish)

Hand Over Hand Request for Proposals (English) (Spanish)

Special Events Committee Document 1

Special Events Committee Document 2


February 17, 2022


Agenda (English) (Spanish)

Minutes (English) (Spanish)

SDP Allocations
December Minutes (English) (Spanish)


January 20, 2022

Agenda:  English

Agenda:  Spanish


December 16, 2021

Agenda:  English

Agenda:  Spanish

Minutes:  English

Minutes:  Spanish


November 18, 2021

Agenda:  English

Agenda:  Spanish

Minutes:  English

Minutes:  Spanish


October 21, 2021

Agenda:  English

Minutes:  English

Agenda:  Spanish

Minutes:  Spanish


September 16, 2021

Agenda:  English

Minutes:  English

Agenda:  Spanish

Minutes:  Spanish


August 19, 2021

Agenda:  English

Minutes:  English

Agenda:  Spanish

Minutes:  Spanish


The VMRC Self-Determination Advisory Committee also has a Workgroup that is a subcommittee of the larger SDAC. For your information, the meetings are open to all.

SDAC Workgroup Meeting Schedule


State Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SSDAC)

Our VMRC local Self-Determination Advisory Committee appoints one member to serve on the Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee facilitated by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. This statewide committee advises and make recommendations on ways to increase the effectiveness of the Self‑Determination Program. Visit their website here:

SSDAC Advisory Committee


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