One of the great things about using Therap Services is being able to access information easily and quickly. Getting real time information improves communication and decreases confusion or delay in actions. When you can simply hit several selections and then you have the information can tell you instantly your level of compliance or the health of an individual you support. Data and access is a necessary method of  business for now and most importantly, in the future.

A friend of Therap sent me the following information. I hope you try it out.

New Interactive Data Base on Status and Trends in Residential and Medicaid Services for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

For more than 25 years the University of Minnesota’s Residential Information System Program (RISP)*  has partnered with states to gather and report annual statistics on public and private residential and Medicaid-funded services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).  These statistics have been reported in an annual data book as well as brief reports on specific topics.   Frequently individuals from state and federal agencies, the media, advocacy organizations and others have requested analyses and reports from the RISP staff.  Based on the topics of these requests the RISP staff has structured a new “Build a Report” feature to allow independent analyses of the RISP data.

The Build a Report feature allows users to select among 34 menu-driven analyses for self-selected years and for one or more selected states or for all states to examine trends and/or to compare individual with national totals or with other states.  Currently data are available for Fiscal years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  RISP staff will continue to add data to the Build a Report going back in time as well as adding the new annual data as each year’s data collection is completed and verified.

Among the 34 data topics now available are:  Residents of Public Institutions for People with ID/DD; Total Residents of All Institutions for People with ID/DD; Persons Receiving Services While Living with One or More Family Members; Persons Living Their Own Homes (Owned or Rented); Percentage of All Residential Service Recipients Living in Public Institutions for People with ID/DD; Percentage of All Residents in Places of 6 or Fewer Residents; Percentage of All Residents in Places of 3 or Fewer Residents; Percentage  of All Service Recipients Living Their Own Homes Out of All Residential Service Recipients; Residents of All Institutions Per 100,000 of the State Population; Persons Receiving Services While Living with Family Members Per 100,000 of the State General Population; Residents of Medicaid ICFs/MR; Persons Receiving Medicaid Home and Community-Based service (HCBS); Percentage of HCBS Recipients Among Combined ICF/MR and HCBS Recipients; Residents of Medicaid ICFs/MR Per 100,000; Persons Receiving Medicaid HCBS Per 100,000 of the State General Population; Total ICF/MR Expenditures; Total HCBS expenditures; ICF/MR Expenditures Per Service Recipient; HCBS Expenditures Per Service Recipient; ICF/MR Expenditures Per State Resident; HCBS Expenditures Per State Resident; Total ICF/MR and HCBS Expenditures Per Recipient; and Number of People with ID/DD Waiting for Residential Services.

We hope you’ll visit the RISP site:  http://rtc.umn.edu/risp to try out the new Build a Report data set.  To success the data set, please click on “Build a Report” on the upper left of the RISP home page.  If you have questions, there is an e-mail link to the RISP webmaster at the bottom of the home page.  He will answer your question or refer it to someone who can.  Thank you very much.  The RISP Project Staff

*The Residential Information System Program is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services with supplemental funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.