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 the individual get both what is important to them and important for them. The individual’s services and supports should help them reach their vision of a good life, which includes their expressed goals, needs, and desires – both what is important to the person and important for them to achieve the life they want to live.

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.