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Person-Centered Practices

Idaho continues to move toward a more person-centered and family-centered service system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Council’s Work Plan clearly outlines the goal that by 2026, service systems will have increased their capacity to provide quality services so people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and family members, have access to services that meet their needs and preferences.  We seek to engage in a number of activities with Idahoans to reach this goal.

Current Council activities:

Creating Idaho Person-Centered Thinking Trainers

Our team of six trainers provides a virtual, interactive learning environment for attendees to build their skills on:

  • Getting to know the person and how they want to be supported
  • How to use PCT tools to help a person’s day-to-day preferences
  • Understanding the importance of differing viewpoints and the person’s ability to maintain control

    Learn more and register for training here:  Person-Centered Thinking Training

The Person-Centered Thinking Training: Train the Trainer project will wrap up as a formal Council activity soon.  If you want to learn more about hosting a training, the Council will remain a resource for information.  Check-in with the project lead if you have questions!

Providing training and outreach using the Charting the LifeCourse framework

The Council has been working with the University of Missouri, Kansas City, LifeCourse Nexus over the last several years to create a group of certified LifeCourse Ambassadors.  This activity is now growing to offer training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, plan developers, and other planning specialists. Training opportunities are limited to attendees who are Idahoans or provide services in Idaho.


We will be hosting three dynamic trainings designed specifically for adults with developmental disabilities and families who experience disabilities in the next several months.  Check back often for more updates and learn how you can register!

  • Charting My LifeCourse Series – Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – October/November 2024
  • Charting My Family’s LifeCourse Series – Family Members – October/November 2024
  • Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador Series – Family Members (Spanish language) – Spring 2025

Learn more and register for training here: LifeCourse Skill Building Series

Come back often for registration updates!

Supporting the growing Idaho Community of Practice on Person-Centered Planning

The Idaho Community of Practice (COP) on Person-Centered Planning began with a series of forums, surveys, and summits several years ago.  Planners, stakeholders, and others involved with person-centered planning have come together to help map out a system founded on people with disabilities and their families living the lives they choose. Idaho’s COP is also informed by the seventeen (17) recommendations made by Community NOW! recognized as Idaho’s vision for an improved person-centered system. 

Planner Roundtables

The Council hosts a monthly, virtual discussion – called Roundtables – on the Charting the LifeCourse framework, person-centered tools, and innovative strategies impacting planning in Idaho.  Planning can be challenging!  Our Roundtable discussions are designed to inspire and support planners; learn about new tools; and stay connected with other planners!

Family Roundtables

In collaboration with Idaho Parents Unlimited, we are thrilled to announce a three-part, virtual discussion series coming soon!  This interactive conversation will help families approach service planning focused on strengths, family priorities, and personal preferences. 

  • August 27, 2024, 6:30-7:30 MT / 5:30-6:30 PT:

Planning Without Fear: using person-centered tools to reach a strength-based result

  • September 24, 2024, 6:30-7:30 MT / 5:30-6:30 PT:

Strength-based Transition Planning: exploring the impact of transitions across the lifespan

  • October 29, 2024: 6:30-7:30 MT / 5:30-6:30 PT

Feeling More Prepared: telling your story during eligibility and beyond… elevated advocacy

For more information and to learn how to register for this unique three-part conversation, contact our lead staff.

If you have questions about Council PCP activities, contact our lead staff:
Click to email – Jill Smith

Phone – 208 557-2634

Lead Staff:
Jill Smith

“This work is supported by a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201 with 100% federal funding award totaling $527,570 (Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Grant No.: 2301IDSCDD-01). Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of not are endorsed by ACL, HHS, or the U.S. government.”

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