Person-Centered Planning
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The Person-Centered Plan (PCP) helps people reach their potential. It is a means for people with disabilities to exercise choice and responsibility in the development and implementation of their care plan. It assists and guides individuals in defining and pursing desires and making choices for a meaningful life. It helps others understand their wants, desires and needs.

The Person-Centered Plan is for the individual, friends, family, professionals, paid staff and any other person with whom the individual would like to share the plan. The plan should clearly express the voice of the person.

Person-Centered Planning involves asking the individual what matters most to him/her. It requires learning the individual's views on health, safety, and risk issues in his/her life. Person-Centered Planning assists individuals and clinical teams in honest discussion about the individual's desires, needs and supports. Striking a balance between a happy and safe life is essential.

Services and supports in the plan should be provided in a way that involves the individual in his or her community, encouraging social participation, using necessary specialized services, generic resources, and natural support networks. The individual directs the planning process and identifies strengths and capacities, desires and support needs. A good Person-Centered Plan creates positive steps the person can take toward realizing a better, more complete life. Good plans ensure supports are delivered in a consistent, respectful manner, offering insight into how to assess the quality of services provided.

Individuals guide their care plans and also choose others to help them. Family members and friends are frequent contributors; the more traditional, professional service providers also are included. Plans incorporate varied supports, training, therapy, treatment and other services as needed to achieve the personal goals set by the individual. Plans draw on diverse resources, mixing paid and natural supports to meet the individual's goals.

All Plans:

  • Are "respectful" of the person and those who support the person
  • Are easily read or user friendly
  • Are written so information is easy to find
  • Use complete thoughts, but not necessarily complete sentences
  • Use everyday language
  • Contain enough detail and/or examples that someone new in the person's life can understand what is meant

The phases of completing the Person-Centered Plan are:

  • Gathering information/assessment
  • Organizing the information for team review/team meeting
  • Developing the PCP
  • Requesting PCP approval
  • Implementing the PCP

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare believes that you will be more successful at remaining well if you take responsibility for your treatment and help your providers know what works for you. You can assist with your treatment by saying what is helpful or feels harmful. Person Centered-Planning is a process that will occur annually or anytime you have a significant change in your life.

In developing your Person-Centered Plan, consider:

  • What has been happening in your life over the past year?
  • What do you want your life to look like? 
  • Do you want to volunteer or work at a paid job?
  • Where do you want to live and with whom?
  • What would make where and how you live better?
  • What support do you need to maintain the important things in your life?
  • What would you change about your life if you could?
  • What part of the day do you like best and why?
  • Do you have enough money to pay for all the activities you would like to do?
  • What kind of person makes the best support person for you?
  • How is your health? Do you have concerns about your general health?

The Person-Centered Plan is about your life and what you want to achieve for your personal goals.