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“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will, created next in activity.  The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating”

– Futurist John Schaar


Dear Colleagues:

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding ODP’s Futures Planning.  As our internal and external stakeholders worked together through 2013, we envisioned a 10-year future for our service system. Long-range goals were established and guided the development of eight near-term objectives and corresponding action plans.  In addition to three opportunities for public comment, ODP held listening sessions and focus groups statewide to gather input on the goals, objectives and action plans.  Public comments were incorporated into the following action plans which were chosen by ODP for initial focus and implementation in 2014:

    • Using a Person-Centered Needs Assessment and Budget Process
    • Identifying Service Needs and Gaps
      • Implementing Innovative Services and Supports
      • Creating Supports for Changing Needs in Times of Crisis and Transition
      • Promoting Employment First
    • Improving Provider Qualifications
    • Ensuring and Enhancing Quality
    • Designing Broad System Change
      • Creating the Best and Simplest System of Services and Supports
      • Designing Integrated, Coordinated Supports

On December 17, 2013, the Extended Team presented our Futures Planning Implementation Proposal to Secretary Beverly Mackereth.  Since that time, we have been asked to present a Budget Analysis of the Implementation Proposal; this Budget Analysis has also been completed and submitted.  The Secretary and her staff are in the process of reviewing both documents.

Since the December Extended Team Meeting, we have also established our ODP Futures Planning structure, roles, and responsibilities.  In this structure, roles and responsibilities of the Core Team have shifted to ODP’s Executive Leadership Team and ODP’s Futures Planning Steering Committee has been convened.  Next, we established eight Implementation Teams.  Each Team has two ODP Co-Leads and is comprised of staff from all areas of ODP–the Deputy Secretary’s Office as well as all Bureaus.  Leading us through the Implementation Phase is Dolores Frantz, who has been identified as ODP’s Futures Planning Project Manager.

In the coming weeks, the Implementation Teams will be meeting to develop the Detailed Action Plans needed to support the Implementation Phase.  These Detailed Action Plans will be reviewed and integrated by the Steering Committee, then considered for approval by ODP’s Executive Leadership Team.  As we roll out our Action Items, we look forward to engaging the subject matter expertise of our external stakeholders in our Implementation Phase.

We will continue to update you on our progress as we move forward.  Thank you for your continued support of our Futures Planning.


Fred C. Lokuta
Deputy Secretary


Click here to view the Action Plan Summaries and High-Level Action Plans for the eight Future Planning Objectives selected in 2013.


Futures Planning Key Documents Reference Documents
ODP Mission & Vision Everyday Lives – Making it Happen
Today’s Vision – Tomorrow’s Reality – Visual Keeping the Promise
Guiding Principles SAU1 Mission and Vision 
Draft Long Range Goals – After Public Comment  Autism Task Force Report 
Draft Goals and Objectives April 17, 2013
Draft Objectives May 10, 2013
Draft Objectives May 17, 2013
Draft Objectives Revised May 31, 2013
Draft Futures Planning Objectives Revised 11-21-13
Futures Planning Implementation Proposal 12-17-13
SELN PA Findings and Observations Report
SELN PA Findings and Observations Report Appendix