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Independent Facilitators – Your Partner in the Person-Centered Planning Process

How to Find an Independent Facilitator Near You

If you would like to find a trained indepedent facilitator near where you live, please visit the webpage linked below. You can browse independent facilitators by the county in which they live and work.

Find an Independent Facilitator

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The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute offers resources, training, and support to prepare individuals to serve as Independent Facilitators.

Independent facilitation is part of the person-centered planning process. It assures you that you have an ally in directing your person-centered planning meeting.

What does an Independent Facilitator do?

  • Conduct a pre-meeting to identify a person's strengths and needs
  • Organize a fun, yet productive, planning process
  • Record information in an understandable, concise format
  • Encourage brainstorming, problem-solving, and action steps
  • Assist in locating community resources
  • Use person-centered planning tools to facilitate the planning process

MI-DDI has prepared the following "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) documents to share more information about Independent Facilitation:

Independent Facilitation Infographic

If you would like to learn more about how independent facilitation works in the person-centered planning process, please click the link below to view and download an infographic in PDF format outlining the process:

View an independent facilitation infographic.


Supports Coordinators and Independent Facilitation Survey Results

MI-DDI conducted a survey in February 2023 of behavioral health supports coordinators and case managers (SC/CM) about IF. Over 250 people answered the survey. The one-page document linked below gives a brief summary of the results.

Download, save, and print the Independent Facilitation 2023 survey results.

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