What are Person-Centered Practices?
Person-Centered Practices are methodologies in which planning, organizing, and supporting take place while ensuring that the focus person, their wants, and desires remain at the core of these activities. Person-Centered Practices encompass both Person-Centered Thinking and Person-Centered Planning and emphasize choice & self-determination, community inclusion, and availability of services & supports.
Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) is the ‘lens’ through which we approach Person-Centeredness. The core concept of PCT is focusing on the person and finding the balance between What Is Important To and What Is Important For someone using an asset-based (strengths-based) approach. The idea behind PCT is that the focus person, not the system, is at the core of planning and support processes. The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices has created a PCT Training Curriculum that explores the core concept through a variety of skills. To find out more about when these trainings are offered through RCEB, please click here.
Person-Centered Practices and the HCBS Final Rule
The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule reflects the new requirements that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have put forth. A huge component of this Final Rule is implementing Person-Centered Practices so that individuals receiving Home and Community-Based Services have “full access to the benefits of community living”.