Person Centered Care

CMS specifies that service planning for participants in Medicaid HCBS programs under Section 1915(i) of the Act must be developed through a person-centered planning process that addresses health and long-term services and support needs in a manner that reflects individual preferences and goals. 

Person-centered thinking is a set of values, skills and tools that can be used to get to know someone and discover what they want out of life. 

It ensures that we focus on what matters to the people we support and their family, and that we pay attention to their staff as well.

Person-centered planning is an on going process to help people with or without disabilities to plan for their future. In person-centered planning, groups of people focus on an individual and that person’s vision of what they would like to do in the future. Through a person-centered process, people who know and care about the person often begin to look at the person in a different way. Person-centered planning helps a person gain control of their own life.


Person-centered planning helps others recognize a person’s gifts, capacities, desires, interests and dreams. The planning team works together to create action steps to turn a person’s dreams into reality.

Person-centered practices are ways of planning, providing and organizing services by listening to what people want and helping them live in their communities based on their choices. 


Click here to for: Person-Centered Service Plan Template Tool.

Click here for: List of HCBS Final Rule Federal Requirements.

Click here for: Steps To Compliance.

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