Financial Management Services (FMS)
Financial Management Services (FMS) helps Self-Determination participants manage their individual budgets and spending plans.
A required service of the Self-Determination Program, our FMS program assists participants with paying service providers and monitoring monthly expenses.
Participants have more choice in developing their service plans
Participants can utilize services that may not have previously been available
Participants work directly with service providers to negotiate services and costs
Participants are empowered to choose services most meaningful to them
Focused on your wants and needs and reaching your long-term goals
Participants decide how best to use their dollars to meet their needs
Answering Your Key Questions
Self-determination is a life-changer for service-recipients and a game-changer for the system. At its core is the idea that people with disabilities should be in charge of their own lives.
Self-Determination allows participants to take the funds Regional Center would have spent and direct those funds to purchase the services that are needed and desired.
No, participants must develop a spending-plan, which must be certified by the Regional Center. In addition, the services in a participant’s spending-plan must still support the goals outlined in the IPP.
Yes, SDP requires participants to use an FMS. The basic duty of an FMS is to track and manage the budget, pay care providers, and pay for approved services and supports.
FMS services can be offered under 3 different models. HGH currently offers the “Bill-Pay” model. To determine which FMS model is right for you, please review the model guide.
You can contact SDP@SDRC.ORG for assistance. In addition, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has a dedicated SDP Ombudsperson who can be reached at SDP.Ombudsperson@dds.ca.gov or (877) 658-9731.
If you have questions, need additional information,
or are interested in HGH’s FMS services,
please contact FMS@GuidingHands.org.
Please note, HGH currently only serves clients of
San Diego Regional Center (SDRC).
If you are interested in enrolling in Self-Determination services,
contact your Service Coordinator.