Promoting Individual Choice Through Person-Centered Planning

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Course overview:

Exercising self-determination and informed choice are critical determinants of subjective well-being and overall mental and physical health. Supporting individuals to be active participants in their personal planning and service direction can improve quality outcomes and ease transitions into increased care needs. Equipped with a foundational understanding of self-determination and person-centered planning, supporters and caregivers can work alongside individuals to build a plan which increases quality of care to meet life goals.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of self-determination and how it supports healthcare needs.
  • Participants will learn foundational tenets of person centered planning and how person centered thinking informs service goals.
  • Participants will have opportunities to discuss barriers to service goals and how to support individuals to navigate those barriers as a critical member of the person centered planning team.


Lydia Dawson is the executive director of the Idaho Association of Community Providers supporting agencies serving individuals with behavioral health and developmental disabilities. Dawson recently relocated from Maine where she served as the executive director of the Maine Association for Community Service Providers and a former staff attorney at Maine’s protection and advocacy agency. Dawson obtained her Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Maine. Dawson has been engaged as a national speaker and trainer on topics related to guardianship and supported decision-making, disability rights, and Medicaid due process.