Person-Centered Planning

Person-Centered Planning is a collaborative planning practice which emphasizes self-determination and choice in helping individuals to achieve their unique vision of preferred life. The Person-Centered Planning process begins with an individual's vision for a preferred life and takes the concept of self-determination from theory to practice. The individual has a primary role in person-centered planning and should be provided the opportunity to participate fully in this process. It is rooted in the belief that all people have the right to live, love, work, learn, play, and pursue their dreams in the community of their choice.

Since the development of the previous PCP Manual in 2010, there has been a shift in the landscape of mental illness and what it means to be in “recovery”. In 2016 a workgroup was formed to begin modifying the PCP Manual and accompanying PCP Template to make it more recovery-oriented, individualized, and user-friendly.  This diverse workgroup had subject matter experts from each disability and age group, as well as individuals with lived experience. From this work group, a more user-friendly Guidance Document and Template was created to assist anyone responsible for developing person-centered plans. 

PCP Training

The Person-Centered Planning training, From Theory to Practice: Person-Centered Planning in NC is housed on the UNC Behavioral Health Springboards website at  for anyone to take free of charge any time.  Please visit UNC Behavioral Health Springboard’s website to access the training. 


PCP Related Documents 

PCP Training FAQs

Crisis Plan Template

Crisis Plan Template (Spanish)

NC PCP Guidance Document

PCP Template

PCP Template (Spanish)

Child Adolescent Discharge Plan



This resource, Five Competency Domains for Staff Who Facilitate Person-Centered Planning, was prepared by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS). The resource concludes with an Appendix (see pages 16-17) which offers you a wide variety of practical PCP tools which have been gathered from national experts and used successfully to support people with a range of disabilities across the life span. The large majority of tools are free and available on-line with links provided for easy access.

NCAPPS Staff Competency Domains


PCP Archive Files

Person-Centered Plan - 3-1-2010

Person-Centered Update/Revision Supplement - 2-3-10

Person-Centered Update/Revision Signature Supplement - 2-3-10

Person-Centered Plan Updated Revision Supplement - 1-22-10

Person-Centered Plan Updated Revision Supplement - 2-3-10