Person-Centered Planning Process
At STAR, we use Person-Centered Planning processes that empower people to create a life that is meaningful to them. We believe that all people should have positive control in their lives. STAR’s supports and planning focus on the person and their needs and put them in charge of defining the direction for their lives. A strong, committed team is the key to a successful plan. We engage all team members important to the person.
Planning During a Pandemic
The state of the world is really different right now. We all feel the extra stress and are trying to manage it, but have you talked to the people you support about how they are managing these changes? Research shows the people we support are more isolated and lack social support, even without a pandemic. While many know that person-centered planning is for the big things in life: moving, new jobs, living more independently, etc., planning can also be used to improve tough situations and find solutions for obstacles both big and small.
Traditionally person-centered planning is face to face and group gatherings, but this can be facilitated through virtual avenues as well. For the discovery process, the STAR facilitator can meet with the person planning and the advocates of their choosing (if any) to review what life looks like now, such as what is a good day or a bad day. STAR facilitators are able to talk with the person and whoever they choose for support over the phone and have conference calls as well. For the bigger planning session, typically when everyone gathers, STAR is able to support planning through virtual methods where all participants are able to hear and see everyone while maintaining social distancing. STAR Services has always approached planning from the perspective of innovation for each unique person. We are excited to offer virtual person-centered planning during this time to help build connections and improve supports.
We welcome the opportunity to support people in new ways through person-centered planning. Referrals continue to be accepted and appreciated.
What is Person-Centered Planning
The Team and the Tools
STAR facilitators and graphic recorders have been trained in a variety of tools and methods including PATH, MAPS, Liberty Planning, Life Moves, Picture of a Life, building community capacity using the Learning Journey tool, and more. Our facilitator will work with the team to determine the process or group of processes that are the best match for the person and their vision of the future.
Person-Centered Planning can be used in place of a traditional planning meeting to help people move to a more meaningful future. Planning can be used when there has been a significant life event, when people are ready to move, get a new job, connect with the community, build relationships, and many other situations. The Person-Centered Planning methods are tools for people and for teams. They can be useful for anyone who is looking for meaningful change. Our team has extensive experience planning with people receiving supports, children’s mental health, memory care, high school graduates,strategic planning, school boards, teachers, and many others.