Frequently asked questions
When is a good time to do a PCP?
A plan can be done at any age, but you and your child will most benefit when a transition will be happening within the next 5 years. We highly recommend them for children within a year of entering Middle School or High School and beginning at age 14-16for an adult transition. Adults can receive a plan at any time; often our clients are preparing for changes in their future such as moving or changes in services.
My service provider or school team tell me they do person-centered planning. How is this different?
We believe that to truly honor and provide a ‘person-centered’ approach, plans should be facilitated by professionals who are not also investors; that includes school or provider teams, even family and friends, who are familiar with the person or play any kind of role in decision-making, service levels, supports and so on. If your facilitator is also bound by any system or service, or is too comfortable and may speak for a person without allowing the person’s voice to be heard, then the person’s true vision and voice may go unheard. It no longer is truly person-centered.
What is the cost?
FREE, If you are enrolled under the DDA Individual and Family Waiver, you can qualify for a PCP at no cost to you. If you are not enrolled or have questions about the waiver please visit:
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda/consumers-and-families/individual-and-family-services-waiver for more information.
*Private pay is available, please contact Blanchard Consulting directly for prices.
Is this the same as an ISP or IEP?
No. The ISP and IEP are agreements for services between a school or service provider and the individual being supported. A Person-Centered Plan is not an agreement and is in no way legally binding; nor is a Plan managed or overseen by anyone except the individual and their loved ones! Plans are, however, often shared with schools or service providers and used to help shape IEPs or ISPs. For this reason, we recommend that school, agency or service representatives attend the main PCP meeting; their participation often provides benefits to the IEP/ISP process.
Can I Conduct the Plan at my school?
Yes! We are always encouraged by families who arrange for Plans to take place at schools so that team members can be involved. The outcomes are always improved when educators are invested. We are happy to conduct Plans at public or private, day or residential programs.
Will you come to my house?
Yes, we can. We do have a list of locations available across Washington State if you’d like to choose one. We have conducted Plan meetings in libraries or other community settings. We can also work with you to find a location in the community where the individual receiving the plan lives.
What is a Circle of Support?
This is both the most challenging and the most important element of a PCP. In the U.S. our culture is one of self-dependence and self-reliance, we try to do everything ourselves; we think that asking for help is a sign of weakness rather than strength. We often hear “my child (and my family) have no support system.” In our first meeting, called the pre-meeting, we discuss this in length. We help our clients consider inviting people to join a Circle of Support who they may not have considered. We discuss the elements of the Circle and help people understand the roles others can play. We talk about the future and the importance of creating a sustainable Circle that provides the necessary supports to ensure the person’s quality of life. Read more about Circles of Support.
Who Should I Invite?
Anyone! You can invite your circle of support. Friends, family, caretakers, neighbors, teachers, para-educators, advocates, co-workers, therapists, doctors, job coaches, counselors, DVR, case managers, financial planners, anyone you think that can help support you in your dreams for the future.
What Subjects Will We Be Talking About at My PCP?
Plans can be customized depending on the time of transition. Topics for MAPS could include:
What If I Do Not Read or Speak?
I am trained to make PCP's adaptable to anyone. Use of your Circle of Support, assistibe technology, sign language can be used. Pictures, drawings, clip art, family photos, words, magazine clippings and any other way of communication can be used to complete your plan.
What Do I Get to Keep After the Plan is Done?
You will receive your MAPs (Posters), a book with all of your MAPs shrinken to fit inside, typed versions of your plan, a digital picture frame with a slide show of your plan to display and keep your plan alive, and the ability to upload your plan on a tablet, smartphone, or computer.
There are so many acryonms and new words, what do they all mean?
Here is a short list to help you understand all the lingo around Person Centered Plan: