What Is Person Centered Planning?

Person-centered planning is a unique, individually-focused approach to planning for persons who are in need of services and supports. It is an important vehicle for empowering individuals to have a voice in the planning process and to actively shape their futures. It is a structured way of organizing planning that focuses on the unique values, strengths, preferences, capacities, needs, and desired outcomes or goals of the individual.

Person-Centered Planning Practice Guidelines

Click the link below to download a summary of universally accepted “operating principles” for person-centered planning.

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Why Is It Important?

Planning for and providing support to a family member who is aging or living with a chronic illness or disability is a common experience for almost all of us at some point in our lives. There is no easy path to navigate the maze of medical and community supports.

Individuals and families face multiple challenges in defining and creating a network of supports in order to live as they choose. Professionals who support them are often under significant time and funding constraints. The Look Back, Plan Forward tool is designed to help individuals, families, and professionals begin the process of navigating the complex issues that arise when a family member’s need for supports to live as they choose changes.