PERSON-DIRECTED PLANNING AND FACILITATION
Person-directed planning and facilitation is a process which encourages a community-based network of supports for individuals with a developmental disability, including community resources, as well as available government-funded supports. The essence of person-directed planning and facilitation is to support persons with varying abilities to exercise their rights, to express their choices and have their decisions respected throughout the entire process.*
PLANNING FOR YOURSELF, NOT BY YOURSELF
* Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation Guide 2013
When Julie finished high school she spent most of her days alone at home in the apartment she shares with her mother. This caused her to feel frustrated, unhappy and vulnerable. Things changed when the family was offered independent facilitation and person-directed planning.
One of our Planning Facilitators met with Julie and took the time to listen to her hopes and dreams for the life she wanted to lead. Over the course of the next few months Julie, her family and our Planning Facilitator worked together to bring about change.
Julie learnt about and registered in various local programs and activities. She was also taught how to use the bus system. Today, Julie is taking public transit on her own and taking part in activities of her choice.
Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation at Citizen Advocacy
At the start of your relationship with us you’ll be speaking with the Planning Coordinator who discuss with you what you are looking for, such as: what region, preferred language, male or female facilitator and the overall desired outcome of planning and facilitation.
Based on this information, the Planning Coordinator will advise you whether or not there is a waiting time at that moment. The Coordinator will then propose a Planning Facilitator that is a possible match for you..
You are encouraged to arrange a phone interview directly with the Planning Facilitator to decide whether the match will work for you both. Once this is agreed, the Planning Coordinator is contacted, an agreement is signed, and payment arrangements confirmed.
You and your Planning Facilitator arrange your first planning meeting and decide on the visit schedule. These are typically once or twice per month.
Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS THE COST OF A PERSON-DIRECTED PLAN AND FACILITATION?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL THAT THE PLANNING FACILITATOR IS NOT A GOOD MATCH?
WHAT IS PASSPORT FUNDING?
Planning Facilitators work for the person living with a disability. They take time to understand the wishes, dreams, interests and abilities of the person so they can develop a personal plan that meets their situation.
To help the focus person identify their:
- strategies to achieve goals
- an outline of tasks and schedules to accomplish the goals
- a circle of support and to maintain it
- knowledge of services both community-based and government-funded.
All our Planning Facilitators are based in the Greater Eastern Region and can travel to locations within this area. Each Planning Facilitator is a self-employed contractor who has signed an agreement to offer Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation on behalf of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa across the Greater Eastern Region.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO WE KNOW A PLANNING FACILITATOR IS A GOOD MATCH ?
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK A PLANNING FACILITATOR:
WHO IS THE PLANNING FACILITATOR ACCOUNTABLE TO?
Values and Principles
- Belonging through a variety of relationships and memberships.
- Contributing by discovering, developing and sharing gifts and investing energy in meaningful activities.
- Sharing ordinary places and activities with other citizens, neighbours, friends, classmates and co-workers.
- Being respected as a whole person whose history, capacities and future are worthy of attention and whose gifts lead to valued social roles.
- Choosing what one wants in everyday situations and especially to dedicate oneself to contribute to one’s own community in ways that matter.
- Visioning – the person and those important to him or her describe his or her vision for the future in a plan. The goals are to anticipate life transitions and create a meaningful life in the community.
- Strengths-based – builds on the strengths, gifts, abilities and interests of the person.
- Person-driven – the person drives the planning process.
- Sustainability – the planning process considers avenues that can be pursued over the long term, and enables the person and his or her family, through knowledge transfer, to continue to keep the plan alive/updated.
- Accountability – there is ongoing review, evaluation, monitoring and modification of the person’s plan to support personal goal attainment.
What is Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation?
Working with a person, a Planning Facilitator discovers what is most important to them, what opportunities they want to pursue and how to achieve them. This is an ongoing process and it does not end once a written plan is developed, the process can carry on through someone’s life. The intensity of the planning will vary depending on the needs of the person.
Person-directed Planning and Facilitation are distinct, complementary aspects of person-directed planning. They both aim to expand a person’s community engagement and social inclusion.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Person-Directed Planning?
Person-directed, or person-centred planning, is a process of continual listening and learning. It is focused on what is important to someone now, and for the future, and acting upon this with the individual’s family and friends. There are five key features of person-centred planning:
- A person is at the centre.
- Family members and friends are partners in planning.
- The plan reflects what is important to the person, their capacities and what support they require.
- The plan results in actions that are about life, not just services and reflect what is possible, not just what is available.
- The plan results in ongoing listening, learning and further action.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Facilitation?
Facilitation is a process where a neutral person (a Facilitator) helps someone with a disability to make decisions about long-term possibilities and the steps to get there. Facilitation brings action and relationship support to the planning process. Facilitation aims to strengthen the person’s ability to have his/her wishes understood and broaden his/her self-determination, choice and control. Decision making always rests in the hands of the person. The purpose of the facilitation process is to listen to and nurture the gifts and capacities of a person to create a full life as a participating, contributing citizen in the community. The process may or may not involve a personal support network depending on the person’s wishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Safe and Secure Book Club
I worry about who will look after my son / daughter when I am no longer around.’ Is what we often hear during planning and when thinking about the future for a loved one.”
We will be offering Safe & Secure Book Club in the fall of 2019. Stay tuned for further details.
Holly and I got to know one another, enjoyed some meals out, did some art and listened to music together. Together we created a one page profile that identified what people appreciated about Holly, what is important to her and how to support her well. Through this process she named many things she was interested to do. In February, Holly received word that she would have her Passport funding increased. Because of the planning, Holly had some solid ideas about things she wanted to do and where she wanted to do them. Today she makes jewellery or pottery one day each week, does fitness another day, works at the cafe at Y’s Owl Maclure for a day and works at Tim Horton’s on Edgewater each Thursday. On Friday mornings she is enjoying Zumba and pool exercises at the Kanata Wave Pool. Holly and her mom are very happy to have participated in the planning process. It helped Holly realize some of her dreams.
For more information please contact
613-761-9522 ext. 229
What happened to Independent Facilitation and Person Directed Planning?
The funding for Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning (IFPDP) from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) ended on March 31, 2019. This meant that more than 300 individuals and families currently receiving IFPDP in the Eastern Ontario Region lost this subsidized support. This also impacts the more than 200 individuals and families waiting for subsidized IFPDP.