ACL Awards for Data Collection Grants The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded thr

Topics: Announcements,

The projects will focus on developing products for public knowledge and use, and are charged with designing and implementing an evaluation plan to demonstrate the impact of the data.

 State of the States in Developmental Disabilities: On-going Data Collection and Information Dissemination grant awarded to the University of Colorado. The grant, $400,000 for a period of five years, continues funding for the State of The States in Disability research program, which maintains national longitudinal research on state fiscal efforts related to services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 The National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP): On-going Data Collection and Information Dissemination awarded to the University of Minnesota. This $400,000, five year grant continues RISP, which collects data to maintain national longitudinal research that describes and analyzes the places where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are provided residential services, and to generate reliable information that supports the creation of more effective and efficient policies and programs and greater quality of life. Topics of study will include annual data from state I/DD agencies about state and non-state operated services, residential setting types and sizes, Medicaid and other funding authorities, and recipient age. Possible special studies mentioned in this renewal grant include “the growing utilization of intentional communities, farmsteads, gated communities, segregated subdivisions and disability specific apartments as long-term care services and supports (LTSS) residential settings, state implementation of the 2014 HCBS Settings Rule, the use of managed LTSS for people with I/DD, and state differences in utilization of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities settings.”

 Access to Integrated Employment: National Data Collection on Day and Employment Services for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities awarded to the University of Massachusetts. The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) received this $400,000, five year grant to continue collecting data to maintain national longitudinal research that describes day and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The project assesses employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the effectiveness of state intellectual and developmental disabilities agencies and vocational rehabilitation agencies in promoting the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through employment and other community activities.