OPWDD has released a new tool designed to assist in person centered planning. It is called a Strengths and Risks Inventory.  Here is a statement of the intent of this form.


The person-centered planning process should address the challenges, risk factors, and rewards inherent for each person to live his/her life the way that he/she chooses.   This Inventory is a tool that can help to generate meaningful conversations with a person regarding the possible risk areas in his/her life.  It is important to remember that not all risks are real.  Some potential risks are imagined, abstract, or over-generalized from one specific area of the person’s life to another area where the person might not actually be vulnerable.   Acting on risks that are not real can sometimes lead to preventing a person from participating in activities that are the most meaningful to him/her and that can best contribute to growth, development, and quality of life.   A true personcentered planning process defines the risks that are real and tolerable and offers an explicit and justifiable rationale for those informed decisions.  This Inventory is an opportunity to employ decision-making as a team in deciding what risks are real and tolerable and what risks are also non-negotiable.  Risks must be measured based on their potential for harm vs. growth and improved quality of life.  Flexibility in negotiating risks is essential to improve individual quality of life.

*Please note:  This Inventory is not intended to replace any process for determining risk for individuals who display behaviors that rise to a level warranting an offender-specific or specialized clinical risk assessment.


Here is a sample of what it looks like.

Conditions That Help Me To Succeed:








(staff cancellation, changes in someone’s work schedule, etc)
7.  I am comfortable telling staffwhen I am unhappy with their performance or behavior and know who to contact if I have concerns regarding my plan or the services that I receive. 
8.  I am comfortable with talking to my family and/or advocates about concerns and decisionsthat are important to me. 


9.  I have a stable source of incomethat covers basic living needs like shelter, food, transportation, and clothing. 
10.  I have enough support to effectively manage my incomein order to ensure that my basic needs are met and budget my expenses adequately. 

(support can be through examples such as having a double signature bank account, a rep payee, or assistance with budgeting).


11.  My living arrangementis safe, and has adequate heat, hot water, and electricity. 
12.  I have basic furnishingsnecessary for daily living (including bed, chairs, table, lighting, and appliances). 
13.  I live in a neighborhood where I feel safeand have access to needed and available resources.