What is the purpose of this site?FAQ

When a state official sets out to design a new program, the first step is to identify other states that operate similar programs, locate the individuals that oversee the program, and persuade them to share as much material about the programs as possible. The Clearinghouse is an attempt to harness the power of the internet to make this process simpler.

This site assists states and other entities in building systems that provide services and supports that reflect the needs and preferences of individuals of all ages with disabilities. This site is intended to facilitate sharing information, tools, and practical resources across the many states and local entities that are reexamining and redesigning how they provide supports.

We believe that this sharing of information will result in quicker and more efficient implementation of new or redesigned programs. It will also inform individuals and policy makers working in the field of "best practices" and latest developments and generate new ideas for systems change.

Who is the audience for this site?

The primary audience is states, territories, community-based groups, and others, in partnership with their disability and aging communities are designing and implementing community long-term support systems for individuals with disabilities and older adults.  The site may also be of use to individuals with disabilities, older adults and providers to educate themselves on how to be active participants in changing systems. Researchers, policy makers and other interested parties will also find a wealth of information on the site about home and community based services.

What types of information will I find?

Our purpose is to collect and disseminate current and relevant information from the grantees themselves, from states, from academic institutions and researchers and others through a fully accessible database with rich search capabilities. This information ranges from higher-level policy reports and analysis to practical tools, such as position descriptions, assessment tools, implementation plans, operational budgets, etc.
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Where does the information on this site come from?

The majority of the information on this site is generated by state agencies, grantees, technical assistance providers and research organizations; however, we are constantly seeking out useful information from many different sources, including researcher centers, non-profit organizations and other websites.

What should users know about copyright and endorsement issues?

Content on this site is made available solely for your limited personal, noncommercial use. Copyrights and other rights in the site may be held by third parties. While we have endevored in good faith to obtain from such third parties the rights we believe necessary to include their works on the site, we do not represent or warrant that your use of the content displayed on the site will not infringe the rights of third parties. You are solely responsible for obtaining all permissions from third parties that may be necessary for any use of the content you wish to make. Content provided by third parties and links in the site to thrid-party web sites are provided solely as a convenience. The ADvancing States or Boston College is not responsible for, and does not endorse, third-party contnet. Your reliance on third-party web sites is at your own risk.

Who administers this site?

This site is administered by ADvancing States.