Supports Intensity Scale®

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Person-Centered Planning with the Supports Intensity Scale – Adult Version™: A Guide for Planning Teams (2017)

The Person-Centered Planning guide offers a structured way for planning teams to elaborate on the support needs measured in the SIS-A. Planning teams meet and follow 18 steps that guide the teams from general support ratings to a specific individualized support plan to an evaluation and adjustment of that plan.

The success of the Person-Centered Planning process is heavily dependent on the skills and efforts of a planning facilitator. The facilitator must explain the person-centered planning process, keep notes and supply SIS-A information during meetings, and keep the group discussion focused on planning.

Most important communication skills necessary for a facilitator

  • Listen carefully to the ideas of others
  • Clarify and summarize information
  • Ensure people feel comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions

Role of People with Disabilities and their Families

The person-centered planning process requires the participation of people with disabilities and their families. There are several benefits to including the individual in the process, including the following, most important benefit:

  • Individuals get to be the causal agent in their own lives


James R. Thompson; Karla Doepke; Anne Holmes; Cathy Pratt; Brenda Smith Myles; Karrie A. Shogren; Michael L. Wehmeyer

Supports Intensity Scale-Adult Version™ (SIS-A)™: Annual Review Protocol (2018)

What is the SIS-A Annual Review Protocol?

  • The SIS--A Annual Review Protocol is a tool that planning teams can use to reach a conclusion about a person’s need for reassessment with the Supports Intensity Scale–Adult Version when a prior assessment has been administered within the past 3 years.
  • It also may be helpful in informing other recommendations pertaining to the provision of personalized supports and human services.

Why was the SIS-A Annual Review Protocol created?

  • Reassessment is a good investment of time and resources if support needs have changed; it is not a good investment if support needs have not changed.
  • The SIS-A Annual Review Protocol was created to inform decision makers regarding the need for SIS-A reassessment.

SIS-A ARP Benefits

  • Efficient use of resources
  • Quick and efficient process
  • Structure guide for review teams
  • Data-based decision making
  • Additional insights considered

What Makes the SIS-A different from the ARP?



  • Precise Assessment
  • Review of support needed
  • Comprehensive evaluation of support needs
  • Structured discussion of how support needs may have changed
  • SIS-A Interviewer facilitates process
  • ARP Reviewer facilitates process
  • Rating selection and scoring
  • Forced choice responses and narrative



James R. Thompson; Karrie A. Shogren; Michael L. Wehmeyer; Robert L. Schalock; Marc J. Tassé