Person Centered Planning

What Is Person-Centered Planning?

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is a way for you to plan the life you want. It builds upon your ability to be involved in community life and honors your choices, abilities and the things you like.

Why Is Person-Centered Planning Required?

PCP is required by the Michigan Mental Health Code to be sure individuals can plan their mental health services and supports. However, PCP is much more than just creating your plan. It is a way for you to make sure you live the life you want. PCP focuses on what you can do, not on what you cannot do.


Benefits of Person-Centered Planning

Through PCP, you share your goals, hopes, interests, dreams, and preferences for your life. You will plan how you will work to meet those goals in your plan, including the services and supports you need.

How Shiawassee Health & Wellness Helps

A primary service provider from Shiawassee Health & Wellness supports, guides, informs and assists you in learning about PCP and assures that you control the planning process. Through the process, you set the agenda for your meeting. You can use an independent facilitator to assist you.

Person-Centered Planning vs Self-Direction

PCP is the way you decide what your goals are and the way you develop a plan to achieve them including what services and supports you need from the community mental health system. Self-Direction is a way to have more control over how those services and supports are provided. In arrangements that support self direction, you have control over your individual budget for the services and support. In your plan you can directly choose who to hire and manage the people or agencies that provide your services and supports. It is similar to running your own business for who supports you and delivers your services. Ask your supports coordinator or primary service provider for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

You choose the people you want included in your planning process. Some ideas of people included might be friends, family, or anyone else important to you. Include people who know you well, who care about you, and who believe in you. Think of them as your helpers.

Your helpers (sometimes they are called a circle of support or a support network) can help in a number of ways. They can brainstorm creative ideas or solutions to areas for you to try some of your options, assist you in reaching your goals, and support you in the healthy choices you make.

Yes, everyone who receives services and support through a public mental health agency uses PCP. Your guardian will work with you to talk about your choices and options when developing your plan.

The independent facilitator serves as your guide during the PCP process, making sure that your hopes, interests, and goals are the focus. Your independent facilitator helps you with the planning activities and may lead the PCP meeting, if you choose.

Yes, you have the right to independent facilitation of the PCP process. It is your choice whether to use an independent facilitator.

An independent facilitator does not work for SHW. He or she is trained in PCP. He or she must know or get to know you, including:

  • What you like and dislike

  • Your hopes, interests and goals

  • How you communicate

  • Who supports and/or is important to you

Your supports coordinator or primary service provider is responsible for developing your plan with you. Your independent facilitator works with you and your supports coordinator or primary service provider to ensure that your plan is what you want and need.

Self-Direction Four Principles


The ability for you, with chosen family and/or friends, to plan your life, including:

  • Who you live with and where you live
  • Who you have relationships with
  • Which community organizations and group you want to belong


Your ability to control a certain sum of dollars on your behalf; arrange your services according to your needs and desires, including working in partnership with your circle of friends and family to decide how resources are used to buy things you need/want.


Your support network are those people you surround yourself with who help you develop and reach your dreams – Family, Friends, a Support Coordinator, Case Manager, or Neighbor. These are the people here for you – formal or informal, paid or unpaid.


Your acceptance of a valued role in your community. This includes your employment, general caring for others, and participation in improvements to the public service system through active citizenship participation, according to your own values/desires.