Empower Person Centered Planning/Independent Facilitator

Whether you have been accepted into the Self Determination Program or are Preparing to Enter in Summer 2021 and are in need a Person Centered Plan please schedule a free one hour free consultation with no obligation at calendly.com/empowerpcp


Click Here to Read Testimonials from Empower’s Clients

About Empower’s Team:

We are mothers of adults with Down Syndrome who have navigated the Regional Centers for many years. We serve our clients Virtually.  Our Mission is to Empower YOU to live boldly, and to be confident in controlling YOUR life; to decide where YOU want to live, work and play. Our job is to help you to discover your dreams and aspirations to create a Person-Centered Plan to help YOU achieve those dreams, and along with your team, discover the supports needed to help you live your best life.

To learn more about each of us and how to contact us click on our names below:

 Sandra McElwee          

Jan Opsvig


YOUR hopes and dreams for the future

Where YOU want to live

Who YOU Want to spend time with

How you want to spend your time 


Included in Empower’s Services

The purpose of the initial meeting is to allow Empower’s Facilitator to get to know YOU. Empower’s Facilitator supports YOU to decide what goals are important to YOU.

Person-Centered Planning should reveal

  • Who is in YOUR life
  • What is important To and For YOU
  • What YOU like (preferences) and dislike
  • YOUR strengths and talents
  • What YOUR life is like today
  • YOUR  hopes, dreams, and goals
  • How YOU communicate
  • YOUR history
  • What’s working/what’s not working
  •  Barriers or things that could prevent YOU from achieving YOUR hopes, dreams, goals
  • Support needs

Plan Creation (Report)

The facilitator from Empower will take all of the information shared during the Person-Centered Planning process and create an action plan so everybody knows what to do and when to do it. Empower’s facilitator will deliver a first draft of the written Person-Centered Plan within two weeks of the initial meeting.

Revision and Review

Empower’s Facilitator collaborates with YOU (and your circle of support) to review and revise the Report document to YOUR satisfaction.

Support at YOUR Individual Program Plan (IPP) Meeting

Empower’s Facilitator will be available to attend the IPP meeting and assist the Client in presenting their goals.

Assistance with Your Spending Plan

Once the budget is certified Empower’s Facilitator will assist the Client in developing the Spending Plan with the services and supports necessary to achieve the goals in the Person-Centered Plan. The Spending Plan will then be provided to the FMS for any final edits required.



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