Launch of New Person-Centered Planning Toolkit & Website

In 2007, the Sonoran UCEDD partnered with the AZ Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to coordinate and carry out a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Real Systems Change Person-Centered Planning (PCP) Grant.  This grant was specifically geared towards young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 16 through 22, who were making their transition into adulthood. Some of the young adults involved in the grant were also dually-diagnosed as having a behavioral health condition.  The goals of the grant included:

  • To create a Southern Arizona Person-Centered Planning Model program – piloted in Southern AZ Counties (Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, and Pinal)
  • To develop Person-Centered Plans built on strengths, dreams and choices of young adults – 52 plans were completed
  • To increase young adult knowledge about all the options available to them as they transition into adulthood (i.e. living arrangements, work, life, social networks and other services)
  • To build on strengths of informal supports (parents, family members), formal supports (support coordinators, educators, etc.) and community networks to help young adults in their transition into adulthood

The grant ended on September 29, 2011, and as a result of the tools created and lessons learned, we developed a community tools curriculum, Person-Centered Planning: Pathways to Your Future, as well as an information and resource website, A Person-Centered Arizona.

The community tools curriculum, Person-Centered Planning: Pathways to Your Future –  Pathways to Your Future CoverA toolkit for anyone interested in Person-Centered Planning, was developed to create a sustainable community program that will allow other individuals, organizations and agencies to explore Person-Centered Planning and adapt the tools to fit the needs and circumstance of the person(s) for whom they are planning.  It was reviewed and vetted by community and service provider organization stakeholders.  The toolkit includes an exploration of the PCP principles of person-centered thinking, transitions, resources, what to expect during the planning process, and tips on choosing the right facilitator, as well as information on the roles and responsibilities of facilitators, the focus person and their families.   It also includes example plans and tools created by the UCEDD, such as the Family Caregiver Assessment Tool and consumer preference tool, My Interests, Hopes, and Dreams: An Exploration Tool and Guide to My Personal Preferences.  It was shared with DDD support coordinators, Behavioral Health case managers in addition to community and service provider organizations.  It is also available online at the Arizona Person-Centered Planning Website in both English and Spanish for free.  English PDF Download  and  en formato PDF en español

A Person-Centered Arizona
A statewide Person-Centered Planning website, A Person-Centered Arizona, has been developed with the UA Family and Community Medicine Informatics Group.  The site is interactive and provides up-to-date state and national resources, information on current and archived trainings, and a way to connect families with facilitators to have plans completed.  The website will continue to grow and be maintained for accuracy and the latest information. Comments and suggestions about the website, in addition to resource and training submissions, to include are welcomed!  Please contact us at