This guide is designed for use after the Support Intensity Scale—Adult Version(SIS—A)® has been administered, as a practical way to assist planning team members in using the results to develop individual-specific support plans. The guide does not require the participation of those who were involved in administering the SIS—A. The intent is to assist teams in pursuing the type of personalized supports planning that meaningfully enhances a person’s quality of life. This structured 18-step process begins with reviewing SIS—A assessment results and ends with outlining a weekly schedule in which settings, activities, and supports are unambiguously identified. The outcome of the process is a “24-7” support plan for a typical week. Settings and activities for the week, based on the preferences and interests of the person who is the focus of the planning team’s efforts, are aligned with the specific supports the person needs to be fully engaged. Four of the 18 steps require information from each planning team member individually, and multiple copies of the forms for each of those 4 steps are included with the guide for ease of use.
Implementing this process generally requires at least four face-to-face meetings, although some variability is possible, depending on the team and the time frame:
- Phase 1, steps 1-11: the SIS—A results are reviewed, initial long-term goals and support needs corresponding to each SIS—A domain are identified, and support needs that go across domains are identified.
- Phase 2, steps 12-15: culminates with each team member contributing to the prioritization of goals, settings, and activities.
- Phase 3, steps 16-17: supports are identified to address the priorities established in Phase 2. At this point, the support plan for a typical week is established, and implementation begins.
- Phase 4, step 18: team members meet to evaluate progress made on the plan, discuss any unforeseen obstacles, identify potential solutions, and plan future follow-up.