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GQMS Year 3 Annual ReportJuly 2010 – June 2011Person Centered Thinking training expressed an interest in becoming a Person Centered service/supportprovider. Some providers shared how they have recently enhanced their Person Centered practices.The council reached the Quality Improvement Project goal this year and looks forward to expandingmembership and beginning more collaborative efforts towards quality improvement initiatives in theregion. After the PCT presentation, several providers expressed an interest in joining the council asvoting or advisory members. The Council also welcomed three new members this fiscal year, a familyadvocate and two self advocates. Members began recruiting for one vacant family advocate seat andplan to finalizing the selection in early October of 2011, at which time the council will have a fullcomplement of members. Council members have already begun to plan for next year’s project and as aresult have requested an ad hoc report inclusive of region specific data relative to communityinvolvement.Region 4Due to the reorganization of the regions, Region 4 Council has several vacancies and currently needs afamily advocate representative.Continuing from last year’s project, Region 4 QI Council recognize providers, at the providers’ meetings,who have been successful in supporting individuals to achieve their hopes and dreams. This year, threeproviders were recognized.Through results of an ad hoc report, the Council decided to discuss promoting a person centeredapproach and helping support quality supports and services. With the assumption that satisfied staff willbetter support individuals, the Council decided to solicit from providers how they support, empower andpromote direct support providers (DSP). The project plan was to develop a list of ideas with whichprovider organizations can empower, recognize and support DSPs.Provider practices were collected and examined, with four key areas identified as important: staff training,recognition of staff, monetary recognition of staff, and empowering staff. The Council is planning topresent this information at the next provider meeting in August and develop workgroups to promotenetworking amongst providers. The Council hopes to have these networking opportunities at eachprovider meeting to support sharing of information and best practices.Region 5The fiscal year 2010-11 the Region 5 QI Council initiatives were to continue efforts to afford Region 5providers opportunities to receive Person Centered Thinking training within their communities. Councilmembers felt that prior to moving on to providing training for other providers, it was best to offer followup training for providers who had participated in the initial Person Centered Thinking training duringfiscal year 2010-11. This training for staff would specifically address areas they identified as havinglimited understanding or difficulties implementing.________________________________________________________________________________________________August 31, 2011 20

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