Self-Determination Program

California Self-Determination Program

PROGRAMS FOR

DD

Developmental Disabilities (Adult, 18 and under)

For Participants:

What is self-directed care?
When you enroll in a self-determination program (SDP), you choose who provides your support, and control other aspects of your care. You can hire a family member, friend, or another worker of your choosing. If a family member is already helping you, they can probably get paid. You become the employer of your worker, and also decide how to spend the money you receive from the program. We think it’s a better option for almost everyone over traditional home care agencies.

What does PPL do?
In California, participants in self-determination care programs are required to use a financial management services (FMS) company such as ours. We assist with many aspects of your self-determination journey.

SDP Network

You can: 

Select services and support to meet your needs.

Decide how much to pay for services, and negotiate within your budget.

Work with an independent facilitator to develop a person-centered plan and spending plan. 

Find, hire, manage, and dismiss your workers.

Use MyAccount to review your budget and approved services.

Use MyAccount to monitor your worker’s hours and spending.

Use Time4Care to review, approve, and submit your worker’s timesheets.

Services include

Payroll – We process payroll for your worker using money from your budget.

Employment tax requirements – We handle all employment-related taxes for you, including federal, state, local, and unemployment.

Monthly budget managementWe help you keep your spending on track. 

Enrollment support – We help you and your worker with enrollment and training through your enrollment specialist,

Customer service – Our friendly and professional customer service agents are available five days a week to help you with any questions.

Monthly reports – With our monthly reports, you’ll always have a clear picture of the services you’ve received. 

WHAT’S NEW

  • Actively working on vendorization in San Diego.
  • Available April 2024.

How to get started

Take the questionnaire

Time4Care™

Both participants (employers) and caregivers (employees) have lots of timekeeping to do when working in a self-direction program.

Time4Care is our highly rated mobile solution for Apple and Android smart devices.

Reminders to submit timesheets

Timesheet submission and approval alerts

Timesheet error checking

Offline time entry

Simple calendar interface

Privacy features

Documentation

Instant timesheet approval

Works right in the MyAccount/BetterOnline portal

MyAccount

MyAccount has everything you need to make sure your self-direction journey is a success. Designed for participants and caregivers, it lets you complete and check all required paperwork, timesheets, budgets and spending, with a focus on making the enrollment process easy.

It’ll make smooth sailing of any choppy waters you encounter while you’re getting set up, giving you the answers and forms you need, right when you need them.

Log in

Select the system your program uses to go to the login page.

Time4Care™

Log time, review, approve, and submit timesheets, and handle electronic visit verification with ease.

Learn more about the benefits of Time4Care

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MyAccount

Our complete web app that puts everything you need as a self-director (or case manager, or caregiver!) right at your fingertips.

For Regional Centers & Independent Facilitators:

What makes us a good partner?
Experience is key. In 1999 we worked with the Robert Wood Johnson foundation to design the earliest self-determination models. Today, a quarter century later, our credentials are unmatched. We’re currently a trusted partner to SDPs in 21 states, including California.

Managing a self-determination program is more than bill payment and accounting. Much, much more. It’s experience and knowledge; it’s empathy and respect; it’s looking out for the participant as well as the program. It’s helping when help is needed.

One of the biggest challenges in running a successful self-determination program is communication. It’s crucial that information is shared between all stakeholder—participants, regional center, independent facilitator, and agency personnel. We have a reliable, secure, and user-friendly web-based system that ensures everyone’s on the same page at all times.

When you enroll in a self-determination program (SDP), you choose who provides your support, and control other aspects of your care. You can hire a family member, friend, or another care worker of your choosing. If a family member is already helping you, they can probably get paid. You become the employer of your caregiver, and also decide how to spend the money you receive from the program. We think it’s a better option for almost everyone over traditional home care agencies.

Technology Built for You
Our mobile and web apps are built for you from the ground up for self-determination. When our EVV app, Time4Care, had some less than stellar reviews in the app stores, we asked real users what wasn’t working and what features they’d like to be included. We implemented their ideas and requests, and today we have an average of 4.5 stars across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. That kind of collaboration is how we operate in all areas of our business. To be a great partner, you have to listen, and be open to change.

Staff who care
The people who work here are passionate about what they do. They understand that our mission goes beyond enrollment and cutting checks. All of us here truly believe that self-determination is the best choice for individuals and health care payers. will become the standard for home-based care.

We’re excited to work with you, if you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Information

Customer Service Hours:
8 am – 5 pm PST

Program Documents