Defining Person-Centered Planning

A major principle guiding home and community based services is the systemwide shift to Person-Centered Practices. Definitions and policy guidance has been in progress at the federal level to bring consistency and quality to practices that ensure a person makes his/her own informed decisions about health care, social supports and their preferred community culture.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released its draft/interim report on Person-Centered Planning and Practices definition and competencies. The draft report can be downloaded here. Stakeholders have provided input and input is still encouraged.

This report will serve as the basis for future federal policy on Person-Centered Planning and Practice across health and human services agencies and programs.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. NQF has engaged a multistakeholder approach to address person-centered planning and practice (PCP) as part of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) systems.This project is funded under NQF’s contract with the Department of Health and Human Services. The project is intended to:

  • Refine the current definition(s) for PCP
  • Develop a set of core competencies for performing PCP facilitation
  • Make recommendations to HHS on systems characteristics that support person-centered thinking, planning, and practice
  • Develop a conceptual framework for PCP measurement; and
  • Conduct an environmental scan including the historical development of person-centered planning in LTSS systems to include a research agenda for future PCP research

Additional information can be found on the NQF website.

California Department of Developmental Services presents the Federal Home and Community-Based Services Settings Final Rule Trainings

The California Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with Public Consulting Group and Support Development Associates, is offering training opportunities on the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule.

These in-person and web-based trainings provide stakeholders with information and support to be in alignment with the federal HCBS Settings Final Rule.

Join them either in person or online on September 9 or 10th for HCBS Final Rule and How it is Supported by Person-Centered Planning. This training is an initial introduction to person-centered thinking, and a review of the person-centered service planning requirements specified in the HCBS Final Rule. To learn more, register, and see other trainings that are available visit