The Creation of the Lanterman Act: The Back Story

From time to time, it’s important to revisit the history of the Lanterman Act. This video traces the back story of the Act from Art Bolton’s perspective.  Art led an amazing life and this video covers his eight years (1960-1968) as the director of the California State Assembly Office of Research. During his tenure,  he … Read more

The California Gatherings – Resource Notes #109 and #110

Resource Note #110 – Rethinking Mental Health for Neurodiversity Equity and Inclusion webinar; Trauma Informed Support and the Path to Healing; Trauma Informed Services and Supports Resource Note #109 – Reshaping Person-Centered Planning; DSP Survey; Person Centered Approaches to Healthcare Decision Making; 2022 TLCPCP Virtual Gathering; HSA International Learning Event

Rethinking Mental Health for Neurodiversity Equity and Inclusion

Please note this is a free virtual training Date: July 29thTime: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PDTLocation: Virtual Amplifying the voices of and building on the work of autistic and other neurodivergent self-advocates, this presentation by Dr. Lau compares differences between the medical and social model of disability, highlights historical and societal factors resulting in inequity for neurodivergent individuals, and provides suggestions for moving forward … Read more

Trauma Informed Care: How and why it is essential for service and support agencies

“Trauma-informed care” requires supporters to recognize, understand, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma is defined by Nancy Smyth, professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work as “…a wide range of situations where people are physically threatened, hurt or violated, or when they witness others in these situations.” … Read more

An Opportunity to Provide Feedback on California’s Quality Incentive Program 

Now Accepting Public Comments: Quality Incentive Program DDS is posting proposed quality measures and incentives for service providers for public comment. These measures were developed over several months with input from stakeholders through workgroup meetings. The measures align with implementation of the Quality Incentive Program, which is designed to support and incentivize a person-centered, statewide service system that provides high-quality, … Read more

Pensamiento Centrado en la Persona

¡Inscribase hoy mismo en el nuevo curso a distancia! El curso incluye seis (6) módulos de 3 horas que se llevarán a cabo de 9am a12:00pm PT los días 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, & 29 de abril. Para más información contactar con carmen@helensandersonassociates.com. Register here.

A Dive into the Archives of Michael Smull’s Writings About Person Centered Thinking and Planning

Here are some writings from early in the creation of Essential Lifestyle Planning (early to mid 1990s). Person centered planning, should we do it with everyone?, A Plan is Not an Outcome, Standing with Jon, Full inclusion and the value of students with severe disabilities, Moving from supported living to a supported life, Thinking About … Read more

Person centered planning, should we do it with everyone? 

 Michael W. Smull   From my travels (and from the materials that get sent to me) I have learned that many of the alleged person centered plans and person centered services are not person centered at all. Plans are being written where what is important to those who provide services is written as if it were … Read more

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

Moving from supported living to a supported life 

 Michael Smull  One of the central questions in implementing CSLA was whether or not supported living could successfully move beyond the pioneers. A small group of pioneering agencies had shown that people with disabilities could have lives of their own choosing regardless of severity of their disability. These agencies are committed to supporting people in … Read more