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System and Impact Research and Technical Assistance for CMS FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007 Real Choice Systems Change (RCSC) Grants: Annual Report

This report presents findings from Oct ‘05 – Oct ‘07, which includes the first nine months of strategic planning for the FY05 and FY06 Systems Transformation (ST) Grants and the subsequent initial 15-months of implementation (through Oct ‘07) for the FY05 ST Grants. The report focuses primarily on documenting grantees' experiences during the start-up period and grantees' progress during early implementation and suggests early trends and findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51652

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Transitioning Youth with Mental Health Needs to Meaningful Employment and Independent Living

The authors offer recommendations for providing successful career preparation support to youth with mental health needs. They studied five successful programs to identify common design features that address frequently identified challenges in transitioning to an independent adulthood. They also offer analysis of systems level factors affecting program design and sustainability, in addition to recommendations for staff and policymakers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51630

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The NIC Compendium Project: A Guide to Long-Term Care Projection and Simulation Models - 2007

This publication presents lessons from financing projection models of long-term care (LTC). It describes the methods, conclusions, strengths and weaknesses of several models. It “also explores what such models can and cannot tell us, what research is needed to get better projections, and the key issues that must be addressed by any proposal to deliver and finance care for the baby boomer resident of the future.” This book can be ordered in hard copy or as a pdf via the links.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51619

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Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

This analysis examines how U.S. federal laws may be affected if the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is ratified by the country. The authors summarize each CRPD article along with with U.S. laws that either guarantee the same rights or contradict the convention. The authors conclude that better implementation of existing laws or congressional action would bring federal law in line with CRPD.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51613

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Adult Foster Care: A Resource for Older Adults

State leaders are interested in the experience of states that developed adult foster care as part of their service array, trends in provider supply, regulations governing providers, and quality oversight practices. This report is based on the policies and practices in five states – Arizona, Maine, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. The states were selected based on their approach to licensing and Medicaid coverage for this residential option. The report focuses on programs for older adults.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51602

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Opportunities for Creating Livable Communities

This paper outlines the most common barriers to implementing livable communities and outlines cases where these barriers were overcome using planning and zoning tools. Housing, transportation and mobility, land use, cooperation and communication, public involvement in community planning, and leadership are the components of livable communities that are addressed.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51592

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The True Costs and Benefits of Self-Directed Care: Living with Independence, Freedom, and Equality (LIFE) Account Feasibility Study & Implementation Plan

This article explores the benefits and challenges people who have disabilities experience when managing their personal care programs. It also examines how LIFE Accounts would complement social participation opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51575

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Compendium of Home Modification and Assistive Technology Policy and Practice Across the States

The purpose of this compendium is to establish baseline knowledge of the scope of assistive technology and home modification services that states make available to Medicaid-eligible adults. This study provides federal and state policymakers with basic information to inform planning and policy development. It also provides other stakeholders, including consumers, with valuable information about Medicaid State Plan and HCBS waiver.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51557

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Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

This paper is an expansion of the NCD’s livable community framework (LCF): a set of public policy recommendations for ensuring that people with disabilities have all the opportunities and choices available to people without disabilities. It links key elements of the LCF to specific needs of people with psychiatric disabilities, and discusses stigma and discrimination.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51552

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