Developmental Services - Person-Centered Planning

Since 1991 Maine has sought to instill person-centered practices in its services to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism. At the same time, there has been increased emphasis on procedures that meet legal requirements and provide for consistency and accountability.  There is also a need to convert an inefficient paper process to one that is incorporated in our information system, EIS.

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. PCP is an ongoing process used to support people in identifying goals and in describing needed support services and personal desires. Planning is designed to help increase opportunities to live life as fully as possible.

The PCP process is defined to ensure personal choice and opportunities. It is flexible to accommodate people at varying levels of service need. The plan contains necessary information for approval and implementation of services, meets regulatory requirements including MaineCare waiver funding and quality assurance measures, informs the resource allocation process, communicates changes, and ensures consistency and accountability.


Implementation of the new Person-Centered Planning (PCP) process began November 1, 2013. Transition to the new process and data entry into EIS will happen on a plan-by-plan basis. For planning meetings occurring November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014, Case Managers will determine whether the new or the previous process will be used. Plan meetings occurring after March 1, 2014 should be completed utilizing the new PCP process. When the previous ("old") process is chosen the responsibility for coordinating the plan will be with the agency PCP Coordinator and the previous forms and process are used until the next annual plan.

See below for forms and manual from previous process.

Previous PCP Forms and Instructions

Person-Centered Planning Resources