One way DSPD continues to promote opportunities and provide support for individuals with disabilities to lead self-determined lives is through the Person-Centered Planning (PCP) process. The Person-Centered Planning (PCP) process is an individualized approach to planning services and supports to help a person achieve their goals, get the life they want for themselves, and help them reach their vision of a good life. PCP places the person at the center of the planning process as the expert of their life, interests, and talents.

The Person-Centered Planning (PCP) process results in a detailed, individualized Person-Centered Support Plan (PCSP) created by the individual with support from their Person-Centered Support Team (PCST). The PCSP is a written plan that reflects the services and supports that are important to and for an individual. All individuals who receive services through DSPD must have a PCSP. The PCSP must be reviewed and updated on a yearly basis at minimum, when the individual's circumstances or needs change significantly, or when they request a change.

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC)

There are many different tools that can help individuals and their families with the PCP process and developing a vision for a good life. In particular, DSPD recommends using tools developed by families from Charting the LifeCourse, which are available to download for free on the Charting the LifeCourse website. All of the tools can be used throughout the different stages of the planning process and beyond.

Person-Centered Planning Foundational Handbook for Support Coordinators