Person-Centered Planning Transition Program for Foster Youth with DD Renewed for Third Year with New Partnerships

clip art of a person drawing out a vision of his future on a posterJacy Farkas, Program Manager
Sonoran UCEDD

DDNN Summer 2014

With funding from the Arizona DD Planning Council, the Sonoran UCEDD in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Disabilities will expand the person-centered planning (PCP) project, Creating a “Picture of a Life” for Transitioning Youth with DD in Foster Care, during year three.  During the project’s first two years, program facilitators worked with 30 youth, ages 16 – 18, to complete person-centered plans in preparation of aging out the child welfare system.  During the last year the program also implemented, Picture YOUR Life Academy, a summer workshop series on self-advocacy and self-determiantion in partnership with ABIL (Arizona Bridge to Independent Living) and DIRECT Center for Independence.  For year three, beginning August 1, 2014, in addition to continuing to follow up and implement plans for the first two cohorts, we will develop plans for 5 new youth ages 14 – 18, grow the cadre of facilitators, offer the Picture YOUR Life Academy, and provide training to facilitators on creating Health Care Organizers for all youth participants through a new partnership with the Arizona Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

A new PCP Facilitator training will be held in Fall 2014.  If you are interested in becoming a PCP Facilitator for the “Picture of a Life” project, please contact Project Director, Jacy Farkas, at jkbell@email.arizona.edu | 520.626.2207.

To learn more about Creating a “Picture of a Life”, please visit our website: http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/person-centered-initiative