Person-Centered Planning Renewed Interest What can person- Person-centered planning is Person-centered planning is centered planning a process for learning how a not a new idea. It has been do for you? person wants to live and around for almost 20 years. It can help you discover what is important to him or Facilitators use an assortment and share her in everyday life. Person- of tools to introduce person- your goals centered planning: centered planning to for a better ♦ looks to the future and individuals with disabilities and or different their families. The tools help life. helps the individual plan for positive outcomes. individuals and their supporters understand the ♦ puts the person, his or her process and desired outcomes. gifts, talents, goals, WHY THE RENEWED preferences, needs, and INTEREST IN PERSON- choices, in the center of the planning process. CENTERED PLANNING? ♦ The basic idea of person- It can ♦ helps people find and use centered planning-- help you their voices to state what is planning with and for a make truly important to and for person-- makes good sense. important them. choices. ♦ Reports have shown that ♦ requires really listening to person-centered planning the person and the people assists individuals and their who know the individual families as they seek to best, and translating a develop ordinary lives and vision for a better or connects people to their It can help different life into action communities. you find people in your plans. community to support you. ♦ enlists the support of family, ♦ With the growing national friends, and professionals to emphasis on consumer- follow through on those directed services with It can help you get Medicaid funding, the everyone singing off the action plans and journey with the person to a life Centers for Medicare and same page, your page! enriched by community Medicaid Services (CMS), connections and the federal Medicaid opportunities to contribute agency, has highlighted and receive support. person-centered planning as a promising practice and is promoting its use. Person-Centered Planning…Renewed Interest Page 2 of 2 SOME TOOLS OF PERSON-CENTERED PLANNING PATH ESSENTIAL LIFESTYLE PLANNING (ELP) ♦ Developed by Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint, and ♦ Developed by Michael Smull. John O’Brien. ♦ ELP is a guided process for learning how someone ♦ PATH is a creative planning tool that starts with the wants to live and for developing a plan to help end in mind and focuses the person with whom make it happen. planning is being done on naming his/her dreams. ♦ The process has 5 steps (listen, understand, plan, ♦ The facilitated process has eight steps implement, and assess). 1. Touch the dream - get people to explore images ♦ During the process, people who care about the of how they want their future to be - identify their individual listen to learn what is important to and purpose for the individual. 2. Sense the goal - get the group to look backwards from the future describe that positive desirable ♦“…a practical down to earth approach to get a future as if it had already happened written document that contains what is important to 3. Ground it in the now - Describe the present and an individual: likes and dislikes, daily routines and explore how that feels rituals, what makes sense and doesn’t, etc. It ends up 4. Identify people to enroll - Who needs to be as a useful guide for anyone who needs to know involved to make change possible? about the person” (A Good ELP is a Work in 5. Recognize ways to build strength - How can we Progress, Molly Drummond’s mother). improve our skills, our relationships, our knowledge? 6. Chart action for the next few months - What kinds of things will have to be done to realize the goal? 7. Plan the next month's work 8. Commit to the first step PERSONAL FUTURES PLANNING ♦ Developed by Beth Mount. For more information about person- ♦ Personal Futures Planning is a facilitated process centered planning tools or upcoming that seeks to discover capacities, identify training opportunities, contact: opportunities in the local community, and develop Eileen Hammar service supports that are responsive to the unique interests and needs of individuals. Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University ♦ The process has a series of 6 tasks. 804-827-0202 (voice) 804-828-0042 (fax) Task 1: Getting to know you (relationship map) Task 2: Finding capacities in people or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Task 3: Finding capacities in community life (the This information and the training events are community building map) sponsored by the Partnership for People with Task 4: Creating a vision for the future (the futures Disabilities at VCU through a contract with the map) Department of Medical Assistance Services with Task 5: Supporting people over time to take action funding from the Centers for Medicare and and try new things (follow along meetings and Medicaid Services under the Real Choice Systems action plans) Change grant # P91599/3. VCU is an equal Task 6: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE: Constructive opportunity/affirmative action institution providing system supports (designing platforms for change) access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation, or disability.