Researchers with United Cerebral Palsy recently released their annual report, “The Case for Inclusion 2015”. This report addresses how states rank according to data and outcomes, particularly in how well they are meeting the components of the National Core Indicators (NCI). While not a great advocate for rankings, I like how such a report reveals so trends and improvements in outcomes and indices such as:
- An increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of states offering self-directed services since 2013
- A nearly 50 percent increase in the number of states meeting a threshhold of 80% of Medicaid Developmental Disability Service Recipients living in homes or group home settings.
- 14 states have successfully placed 60% or more of I/DD Medicaid service recipients in vocational rehabilitation jobs
- 8 states report at least 33% of individuals achieving placement in a competitive work environment.
These are definitely big milestones in the community. We’ve worked hard to help agencies measure and track their NCI outcomes within Therap and I applaud the research and data collectors out there making meaningful changes in individuals’ lives.
As a New Yorker it’s hard to ever admit not being Number 1 at anything (we’ll accept the Runner’s Runner-Up of 4th place, not bad NY), but some congratulations are in order to providers in Arizona for making the Number One spot in the survey. It’s hot there, you earned it.