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Getting Out There: Community Support Services for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Medicaid HCBS Waivers

Friedman, Carli; Spassiani, Natasha A.


Carli Friedman


Despite an increased number of community-based services, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to struggle with meaningful community participation and often feel they are not valued community members. This study examined how community support services, which support physical placement and community integration, were allocated in Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS waivers, the largest provider of long-term services and supports for people with IDD in the United States. Community support services totaled $447.5 million of projected funding in fiscal year 2014. While community transition services funded expenses required to establish a basic household for the initial transition, community integration services promoted a successful community placement by utilizing natural supports and developing skills necessary to maintain community integration.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2017
Print ISSN 2326-6988
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 33-44
Keywords intellectual and developmental disabilities; Medicaid Home and Community Based Services waivers; community living; community integration
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Contract Date Mar 17, 2017


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