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Person-Centered Planning

Person-Centered Planning has been law in Michigan since 1996.  It is a planning process, now required in federal law as well, that allows the people involved to learn about a person’s idea of a good life and identify supports needed to achieve that life.  It is not something done to a person, nor is it done for a person; instead, it is directed by that person, with support from a facilitator as needed and desired.  Once that vision of a good life has been established and supports are identified, a person-centered plan is written to drive services and supports to the person’s life vision (In Michigan, this plan is named an Individual Plan of Service).  The process is highly individualized and dependent on the person guiding all involved to an end goal.

Person-Centered Planning works for the people served by the behavioral health system, the providers of that system and the community at large.  The larger outcome of Person-Centered Planning is that people served maintain or gain a substantial level of functioning by increasing autonomy, productivity, and community integration.  Community Mental Health Providers work with their communities to improve relationships and promote inclusion for the populations served.  Person-Centered Planning supports individuals to creatively use cost-effective community resources and neighborhood solutions to achieve the dreams of people who receive services through the Behavioral Health System.

Person-Centered Planning Policy

Independent Facilitation Resources

Tips for Writing Goals and Objectives

This is guidance on writing better goals and objectives.  Each premise listed is an attribute of quality to look for in goals and objectives.  It is not meant to be a checklist and by no means does the plan writer need to ensure the goals and objectives have every single attribute mentioned.

In the goal and objective writing section (the second part) there are examples of each attribute; one a quality example of that attribute (marked by a checkmark) and an example to avoid (marked by an x).  The examples are specific to the attribute they relate to and do not represent a complete goal or objective in most instances. 

None of these examples can be considered quality goals or objectives on their own because they are outside of the context of an individual, a plan and a planning process.  This is simply a tool to help the writer of the plan think about how to frame their goals and objectives to achieve better quality. 

Person-Centered Planning Tools