The Self-Determination pilot program began in New Jersey in Fiscal
Year 1997 as an adjunct to the Community Services Waiting List and
was formerly known as the Governor’s Inclusion Initiative.
Self-Determination was offered to individuals with urgent status
on the Community Services Waiting List from July 1997 until February
Self-Determination is now limited to the participants who
had approved plans prior to February 20, 2003 and those individuals
who had completed a written application for participation in the
Self-determination prior to February 20, 2003.
Self-determination was recommended for individuals who had some
resources, but who needed some additional supports, such as assistance
with finances or caring for their home, in order to achieve a more
When individuals from the Community Services Waiting List were
about to receive services, they chose self-determination as a way
to develop their own plans of services, determining where and with
whom they would like to live. For example, some individuals live
in the home of a family member and receive self-determined support
services, while others rent apartments, condominiums or homes, often
The Self-determination Initiative does not fund living arrangements
in residential programs that are run by private providers, such
as group homes.