Person-Centered Planning Overview

Person-centered planning is a process to help you and your circle of support create a vision of your ideal future and collaboratively develop a concrete and actionable plan that outlines the steps and supports needed to make it all happen.


Person-centered planning on its own is typically a three-step process:

  1. Pre-planning to prepare for the person-centered planning process and team meeting,

  2. Facilitated team meeting(s),

  3. Development of a comprehensive, actionable person-centered plan document and one-page profile.

For participants in the Self-Determination Program, your person-centered planning provider can also assist you to:

   4. Present your plan to the regional center (usually done during an IPP team meeting),

   5. Negotiate your individual budget, and

   6. Create your spending plan (your FMS helps with this part, too).

Regional centers will pay a maximum of $2,500 for “initial person-centered planning services” to help each Self-Determination Program participant transition successfully into the program. This can include just the creation of the person-centered plan document (steps 1-3) or all of the services listed above (steps 1-6) - it's up to you and the level of support you need.


We have helped dozens of Self-Determination Program participants with these steps. We are experts in this process and are here to help you and advocate for you along the way!

Join Our Waiting List!

We will be accepting new Self-Determination clients in summer 2021. Please follow the link below to complete a short form to be added to our waiting list. We will reach out to you as openings become available. We look forward to working with you!

Notice of Appeals Procedure

Person-Centered Planning for the Self-Determination Program is funded by the Department of Developmental Services through its regional centers across the state. At this time, funding for these services is only available to those individuals selected by lottery for the three-year phase-in period. 

For all regional center-funded services, you have the right to the appeals procedure. If you believe your rights have been violated in any way, please contact the Department of Developmental Services at or (916) 654-1987.