Thinking About Support Broker Roles 

 by Michael W Smull  As service systems increasingly embrace the principles and practices of self-determination and individual funding, people are looking at the roles of those who have been traditionally known as case managers or service coordinators. The expectations that many had of service coordinators in the late ’70s and early ’80s have been buried … Read more

Full inclusion and the value of students with severe disabilities 

Michael W. Smull  How are these core values to be taught? Simply adding them to a curriculum will not work. These are values that are learned by being practiced. While occasional excursions to segregated settings may acquaint you with elders, or others who benefit from your gifts, the real lessons are learned from everyday experience. … Read more

SOLUTION CIRCLE

Getting Unstuck A Creative Problem Solving Tool. This is a short and powerful tool that takes no more than a half hour. It is effective in getting “unstuck” from a problem in life or work. Solution Circles are tools of “community capacity”. It assumes and demonstrates that nearby people – in any community or work … Read more

Standing with Jon

In the early days (late 1980s) of person-centered thinking and planning, Essential Lifestyle Planning was created by Michael Smull and Susan Burke Harrison to support people moving from institutions to community living arrangements. In the early 1990s, Jon was one of the first individuals outside of an institution to work with Michael and Claudia Bolton on … Read more

The California Gatherings “Express” Resource Board

Resource content, training, and webinars from current and past California Gatherings newsletters and resource notes, national and statewide gatherings and and a variety of websites. Focusing on person centered services and support. We welcome your posts under any of these topics, please sent your items to allenbill@mac.com. Main Page Person Centered Thinking, Practices, and Planning Training … Read more

Foundational Writings

Michael Smull, Susan Burke Harrison, John and Connie Lyle O’Brien , Beth Mount, Marsha and Jack Pearpoint and others have written about person-centered thinking, planning, and services and supports for some time. We consider their work from the 1980s to today to be foundational and want to make sure that they’re not lost. We have … Read more

Getting from Where I Am to Where I Want to Be! A Transition Workbook (fillable version)

What’s this all about? Your answers to these questions can help you put together a transition plan. A plan to help you reach the best possible future. The questions are written in the first person, so that the focus is always on you, the person in transition. You can use this in several ways: (1) … Read more

Listen to Me! (fillable pdf version)

Listen to Me! was developed at a time when Essential Lifestyle Planning (ELP) was one of the gold standards of person-centered planning. While it still sets a high standard, since that time, many other methods of planning with individuals for the lives they want to lead have been developed. Please make sure that you understand … Read more

How Sonoma County became the dark center of America’s forced sterilization movement

Santa Rosa Press Democrat –  October 21, 2021 “Institutions collect secrets when they stand for 130 years. The stately, tree-shaded campus of the Sonoma Developmental Center may harbor more than most. Closed in 2018. It’s a tranquil place these days, the steady stream of neighborhood walkers diverted only by an occasional team of firefighters or police … Read more

The Redwoods Gathering – Save the Date

We have found a way to restore our plans for a gathering in October (26th-28th). The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP) has offered to present the gathering virtually with our local agenda committee handling the planning. Under this arrangement, anyone who registered for the April Gathering and did not receive a refund will be … Read more