For generations, many services for people with and without disabilities – medical care, schools, Regional Centers, and more – have been based on the “medical model,” which works based off what is “wrong” with someone, and how the “systems” can “fix” it. However, people aren’t broken, and they don’t need to be fixed.
Person-Centered Thinking, on the other hand, celebrates each individual’s unique strengths while simultaneously recognizing their likes, dislikes, and the need for support that each of us have, whatever that support may look like.
Person-Centered Thinking is not unique to people with disabilities; it is a methodology that works for humans, and provides staff and support people specific, actionable, tools and skills they can use to reach people in a different way.
The ideals of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning are in California’s Lanterman Act, the law that all Regional Center services for individuals with developmental disabilities are required to follow. Person-Centered Thinking is also an integral part of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule, which Self-Determination services are immediately required to be compliant with, and which all services via California’s Regional Center system, whether in the Self-Determination or traditional service delivery systems, are now required to be compliant with.
Person-Centered Thinking can also be used in healthcare settings, schools, and workplaces to increase employee morale and retention and decrease turnover while teaching management skills.
Naomi has been a credentialed Person-Centered Thinking Trainer via the Learning Community for Person-Centered Thinking since August 2019, and is available to provide Person-Centered Thinking Training to organizations nationwide, whether that be virtually or in-person.
When conducting the training, she is open and flexible to schedules that work best to deliver the 12 hours of material without being disruptive to agency operations.
She customizes her training delivery to each specific agency and particularly enjoys and has experience with "operationalizing" Person-Centered Thinking to make it actionable for developmental disability services and schools.
Pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code 4704.6, individuals served by Regional Centers have certain appeal and complaint rights in regards to vendored services. Please click here for the Department of Developmental Services' website and/or contact the Department of Developmental Services at 916-654-1987 for more information or if you would like to file a complaint.