Assessing Where to Start Implementing Person-Centered Practices Within HCBS
Item 14 of the Minnesota Team Checklist helps the team consider where to start implementing person-centered practices. It would be wise to start small. Instead of trying to change all services, teams can choose to begin in one area or with a small part of the services being provided.
In smaller organizations this could mean that the team selects a few important goals to implement. In medium-sized or larger organizations, the team may decide to make changes in one or two residential homes or within a program in an employment setting. Counties or public health organizations may choose to start in a division or with one type of HCBS area. Some providers decide to start work in one town or region. Once work has started, the team can expand to other areas or more people. Starting with a small part of HCBS can help when it is difficult to find a lot of funds to make changes. Funding and resources help define how the team will advance person-centered practices.
Part of the assessment process can include finding staff members who will be champions for person-centered practices in an area of HCBS. Champions are people who are excited and positive about moving forward and who help lead the work as part of their jobs. Starting the work with people who are excited to be a part of the change process can be really helpful.
- Make changes in one family-based setting
- Work with staff and one person supported
- Focus on one or more residential or employment programs
- Recruit a department or division to start improving services
- Decide to make changes in one area of the state or in a region
Please use the MN Team Checklist and the HCBS Planning Tool to complete the activity.
Team decides where to start working on person-centered practices depending on the size and types of services.
- Making changes in one family-based setting;
- Working with staff and one person supported;
- Focusing on one or more residential or employment programs;
- Recruiting a department or division to start improving services;
- Making changes in one area of the state or region.
Score the checklist: 0 – planning not yet started, 1 – in progress, or 2 – fully in place.
Checklist Item 14: Team decides where to start working on person-centered practices depending on the size and types of services.
Item 12 on the Minnesota Team Checklist prompts the team to think about the funding and resources for person-centered practices. The funds, resources, and time available for person-centered practices will help the team decide how and where to begin making changes.
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