FAQs and What People are Saying

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​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)​

What are the benefits for training for person-centered planning?

Attending training for person-centered planning will:

  • Empower participants, guardians, and family members in decision making.
  • Deepen communication between Service Coordinators and participants, guardians, and family members.
  • Strengthen relationships between service providers and participants, guardians and family members.​

What are the goals of Person-Centered Planning activities in Nebraska?

DHHS hopes to increase the capacity and abilities of participants to advocate for themselves throughout their lives and determine their own services and supports.

To that end, DHHS plans to update the Individual Supports Plan (ISP) to be inclusive Charting the LifeCourse principles.

What is Charting the LifeCourse?

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) is a framework developed by the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC) in partnership with national and statewide stakeholders. Since its development, it has been used in more than 18 states as a framework for supporting person-centered planning and decision-making.​

The principles are designed to reflect the needs of people and drive person-centered change for people with developmental disabilities and their families. LifeCourse framework and tools apply to everyone and can be used to drive transformational change in practices, organizations, policies, and communities.

Who can attend training?

​All Nebraskans are welcome to use the training resources and webinars.

As part of the Person-Centered Planning series, DHHS staff received training specific to their roles:

  • Supervisors had two-hour sessions, one day per week for eight weeks. Training covered person-centered planning and skills for facilitating meetings online using online platforms. The three supervisors training groups had teammates from all four HCBS Waivers. After the supervisor training sessions, supervisors facilitated for Service Coordinator training sessions. 
  • Service Coordinators had two-hour sessions, one day per week for eight weeks. Trainings covered topics specific to service coordination and person-centered planning, such as how to develop the person's vision of their future, how to build a person-centered plan into an ISP, and how to facilitate online ISP meetings. Each training session had teammates from all four waivers.
  • Additional training on Charting the LifeCourse is being conducted for service coordination staff between March and June 2022. 

Other trainings, resources, webinars, and other opportunities will be posted on the DHHS website and be available to participants and those who support them.​

Is training closed-captioned?

Closed captioning is available for all training sessions.

Is translation available?

For PCP training in partnership with the Nebraska Council on DD, an experienced translator provided live audio Spanish translation for all webinars, as requested. Translation was based on input from Jessica Gutierrez, Bilingual-Parent resource coordinator at Munroe-Meyer Institute and on our Project Advisory Committee.​​

Translations for Charting the LifeCourse curriculum and resources are being developed. The CtLC website has the options for other languages. Charting the LifeCourse has a specific page of Spanish Resources​.

Additional Questions?

Please contact Angie Gonzales-Dorn at Angie.Gonzales-Dorn@nebraska.gov or (877) 667-6266.

What People are Saying about Training for Person-Centered Planning​

Training Feedback

  • "Informative, challenging, thought provoking."
  • "Enjoy the testimonials."
  • "Inspiring, resourceful and empowering."
  • "Thank you so much! Very helpful tools!"
  • "I really appreciated the suggestion for PCP meeting locations to put the person in a position of power."
  • "Enjoyed it a lot! I'm excited to implement this with my cousin to help her live her best life."
  • "I'm ready to be an ally for all persons with disabilities!"
  • "I enjoyed hearing everyone's stories/experiences and thoughts."
  • "Good reflection on why it is important to have the right people at the PCP meetings." 
  • ''Addresses barriers and obstacles."
  • "I really like the videos of others and how they see the plan or how it works for them." 
  • "Informative, thought provoking conversations."

Breakout Room Feedback

  • "Loved breakout rooms."
  • ​"Nice to chat with others in break outs."
  • "Great job, loved the breakout rooms, excited to see so many people involved."
  • "Love the break out groups and the energy from everybody!"
  • "Insightful, engaging, great breakouts."
  • "Break out rooms were nice, building relationships with people over the weeks."