Becoming a Person-Centered System
BECOMING A PERSON-CENTERED SYSTEM
April 2009 | By Michael W. Smull, Mary Lou Bourne, & Helen Sanderson
A variety of agencies in many different locations have engaged with us in a set of efforts that have evolved over time. At each location the goal has been consistent: to create person centered systems that support person directed services. The learning that has taken place from working toward that goal has changed the approach. What follows is a brief overview of the evolution of the approach and the key lessons learned. Because this is a brief overview, much is left out and will be described in subsequent publications. Some of the central ideas of the effort are:
Changes in rules and practice should be driven by learning what is and is not working in supporting individuals.
Using a small set of value-based skills at all levels of the system will drive change throughout the system.
Using these skills in conjunction with selected quality management and organizational development tools will improve quality of life and increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency.