2015 State Rankings of Disability Services

On Thursday,  July 16, 2015, United Cerebral Palsy released it’s annual ranking of states based on their services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The report is called The Case for Inclusion 2015. It looks at Medicaid services offered across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ranking, largely based on data from 2013, looks at how easily services are accessed, what types of environments people with developmental disabilities live in, and how much they participate in the community. Ohio ranked #10 on the list and was third most improved since UCP first began tracking data in 2007. To view Ohio’s scorecard click here.

This year’s report still focuses on inclusion, but measured more than just the number of large institutions that were closed or the number of individuals living in the community. They wanted to look at more person-centered, outcome-oriented measurements such as:

• Are individuals still isolated at their non-institutional home? Are they
happy or lonely? Do they have meaningful relationships and friends?
• Are individuals stuck in their residence, or do they regularly go out
into the community and have an active and social presence in their
neighborhoods?
• Are individuals getting healthier, since good health is key to a high
quality of life?
• Are the families of individuals with disabilities healthy and functional?
Are they receiving support in the community?

To do this, they used data from the National Core Indicators (NCI), a survey that uses
in-person interviews and extensive questioning to better reflect the true health,
safety and quality of life of individuals. 39 States participated in NCI and 19 States
publicly reported their survey results in 2014. States that did not participate lost points (and ranking). States such as Michigan did not participate and so were one of the “least improved” states, despite having relatively high scores in the sub rankings.

The report also offers a legislative blueprint regarding reducing waiting lists and making them more transparent as well as a summary of factors involved in producing the best outcomes for youth transitioning from high school.

To read the full report, visit http://cfi.ucp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/UCP_2015_CaseforInclusion_FINAL.pdf .

To use the interactive website, go to http://cfi.ucp.org/ .