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  • Evaluation Brief: ProtectOHIO Evaluation Overview Brief

    11/2010

    HSRI is pleased to announce the publication of the ProtectOHIO Evaluation Overview Brief. This evaluation brief provides an introduction to the ProtectOHIO IV-E Waiver evaluation effort and an overview of interesting quantitative and qualitative findings. A summary of implementation findings, the strategy substudies (family team meetings, kinship supports, enhanced mental health/ substance abuse, and supervised visitation), child outcomes regarding placement duration, permanency, and safety, as well as fiscal outcomes are all included in this brief.

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  • Report Released: National Core Indicators (NCI) 2008-09 Annual Summary Report

    11/2010

    HSRI and NASDDDS are pleased to announce the release of the National Core Indicators 2008-09 Annual Summary Report. The Annual Summary Report highlights selected aggregate results from several of the NCI data sources. For 2008-09, particular attention was paid to:

    1. Whether people living in different residential arrangements experienced different outcomes, and

    2. Whether people with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disabilities (ID) and mental illness had outcomes that differed from people with ID only.

    You can download the entire report here: http://www.hsri.org/publications/download/nci-annual-summary-report-2008-2009

    For more information on NCI, please visit www.nationalcoreindicators.org.

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  • HSRI is Hiring

    12/2010

    HSRI is seeking a motivated individual for the position of Research Analyst.

    For more information and to submit your resume, please visit our Careers page.

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  • HSRI President Valerie Bradley speaks about the financial crisis and the changing face of Medicaid

    11/2010

    The Council of Developmental Disbilities, Task Force on Transparency and Protection—HSRI President Valerie Bradley will be discussing today’s reality and trends (present and future) impacting Medicaid Services as it relates to the fiscal crisis states find themselves in. A review of cost containment strategies (especially for Medicaid DD-ID Waivers) will be offered with an emphasis on their effectiveness and consequences for State budgets, providers and people with developmental disabilities.

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  • DOJ settlement with Georgia specifies use of NCI for quality assessment

    11/2010

    In the recent settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of Georgia, the State agreed to expand home and community-based services to 750 individuals with developmental disabilities who are currently residing in institutional settings and to prevent institutional placement of another 400 individuals currently living in the community.  As a provision of the settlement, DOJ stipulates that the State will institute a quality management system, including a specific directive that participant feedback about the system shall be gathered through participation in the National Core Indicators (NCI) program.

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  • Evaluation briefs: Family Team Meetings (FTM) and Kinship Supports Strategy

    10/2010

    HSRI is pleased to announce the publication of two evaluation briefs regarding the Family Team Meeting (FTM) and Kinship Supports strategies from the ProtectOHIO IV-E Waiver evaluation. These evaluation briefs provide an introduction to the evaluation of these substudies, presenting interesting quantitative and qualitative findings. Family Team Meetings are a method for engaging family members and other people who can support the family for shared case planning and decision-making. Kinship Supports strategy counties intended to increase their use of kinship settings for children who could not remain in their birth homes and to support those kinship placements via a variety of efforts including specialized staffing and access to purchased supports. Permanency and safety outcomes are included for each strategy sub-study, as well as implementation findings.

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  • HSRI Awarded the Services in Supportive Housing Program National Outcomes Evaluation

    10/2010

    HSRI was awarded the Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) Program National Outcome Evaluation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). HSRI will partner with the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. to conduct the evaluation.

    SAMHSA/CMHS has funded 62 sites nationwide through the SSH program to help prevent or reduce chronic homelessness by providing services for individuals and families living in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs. The SSH program targets persons and families who have experienced chronic homelessness. The two primary purposes of the SSH Program National Outcome Evaluation are to evaluate (1) grantees’ fidelity to the PSH model, and (2) the comparative effectiveness of different evidence-based practices for people who are or have been homeless. The focus of the evaluation will be on: the context in which the grantees are operating; the processes established to provide services to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness; the services and activities established; and the outcomes achieved such as preventing or reducing chronic homelessness, improving functioning, and promoting recovery and other positive outcomes for consumers. Dr. H. Stephen Leff, Senior Vice President at HSRI will serve as Project Director for the project.

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  • HSRI Vice President David Hughes Comments on Milwaukee's Mental Health Care Overhaul

    10/2010

    David speaks about the 3-5 year "culture shift" caused by Milwaukee County eliminating nearly all inpatient psychiatric care, replacing it with private inpatient care and expanded outpatient treatment options.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article can be found here:

    http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/104414474.html

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  • HSRI Vice President David Hughes speaks on NPR about the Milwaukee County Mental Health System

    10/2010

    David speaks to NPR affiliate WUWM Milwaukee about a report  recommending broad reforms in the way the county delivers mental health services, particularly regarding inpatient treatment.

    Listen to the broadcast here:

    http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/le_sgmt.php?segmentid=6445

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  • Statements Released: Milwaukee County Mental Health Redesign Report

    10/2010

    Representative Sandy Pasch, from the Wisconsin State Legislature, released the following statement: 

    “Today, the Public Policy Forum released a report that details many challenges facing the delivery of mental health services in Milwaukee County and makes a number of recommendations to improve the quality of mental health care within our community. I appreciate the thoughtful analysis done by the Public Policy Forum and its partners on this report. Their inclusion of the numerous stakeholders affected by these critical problems – especially consumers of mental health services – displays a sincere respect for the experiences, viewpoints, and recommendations of all involved. I hope this information will be effectively utilized as we move ahead to address the neglect of mental health services through establishing solutions that ensure safe, effective, and dignified care.”

    The statement can be found here:  http://thewheelerreport.com/releases/October10/Oct6/1006paschmentalhealth.pdf

    Joseph A. Rice, Milwaukee County Supervisor, released a statement that included the following:

    “The report provides needed data that should be relied upon by policy-makers prior to any decisions on spending tax dollars to construct a new hospital. Such critical analysis should drive the process rather than precipitous action in pursuit of short- term political gains,” Rice concluded.

    The full release can be found here:  http://thewheelerreport.com/releases/October10/Oct6/1006milricementalreport.pdf

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  • Media Release: Mental Health Redesign Recommendations Chart a New Course for Our Community

    10/2010

    Disability Rights Wisconsin has announced the release of the Milwaukee County Mental Health System Redesign report.

    Today, the study recommendations developed by national consultants, and grounded in extensive data collection and analysis, have been released. They provide our community with a historic opportunity to transform our adult mental health system and ensure better lives for our friends, family members, and neighbors who experience mental health concerns. Today, the study recommendations developed by national consultants, andgrounded in extensive data collection and analysis, have been released. They provide our community with ahistoric opportunity to transform our adult mental health system and ensure better lives for our friends, familymembers, and neighbors who experience mental health concerns."

    You can visit the Disability Rights Wisconsin website here:  http://www.disabilityrightswi.org

    And you can download the full media release by clicking on the 'download file' link below.

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  • HSRI is Hiring!

    10/2010

    HSRI is seeking motivated individuals for the following two positions:

    • Research Analyst
    • Project Assistant

    For more information and to submit your resume, please visit our Careers page.

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  • Media Release: Report calls for redesigned mental health system in Milwaukee County with greater emphasis on community-based treatment and care

    10/2010

    The Public Policy Forum has announced the release of the Milwaukee County Mental Health System Redesign report.

    “No single report can tell the entire story of a county’s populations in need, and the services required or the barriers that exist to meeting those needs,” said David Hughes of Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), the lead consultant on the project. “However, the information in this report and the process by which the information was developed can provide a powerful impetus to create an improved behavioral health system throughout Milwaukee County.”

    You can visit the Public Policy Forum website here:  http://www.publicpolicyforum.org

    And you can download the full media release by clicking on the download link below.

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  • Final Report: Transforming the Adult Mental Health Care Delivery System in Milwaukee County

    10/2010

    HSRI has released the Final Report for the The Milwaukee County Mental Health System Redesign project.  This report presents the findings from a comprehensive planning effort to redesign the mental health care system in Milwaukee County, conducted by Human Services Research Institute in partnership with the Public Policy Forum and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

    The project was initiated in October 2008 by the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County, and the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Other stakeholders were added during the early stages of the project, including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Faye McBeath Foundation, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Rogers Memorial Hospital, the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and several other members of the provider, payer and civic communities.

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  • BasicNeeds US Launches New Website

    08/2010

    Our friends at BasicNeeds US have launched a new website, and HSRI is proud to have assisted in its development.

    You can visit the site at: http://www.basicneedsus.org

    BasicNeeds US is a non-profit organization serving the health, social, and economic needs of people with mental illnesses and neurological disorders in the world’s poorest communities.

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  • HSRI is Hiring

    08/2010

    HSRI is seeking motivated individuals for the position of Research Analyst.

    For more information and to submit your resume, please visit our Careers page.

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  • The Riot! - Issue 25

    07/2010

    Check out the latest issue of the Riot!  This one features an exclusive interview with the new Commissioner of the US Administration on Developmental Disabilities  --  a REAL SCOOP.

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  • HSRI is Hiring!

    07/2010

    HSRI is seeking motivated individuals for the following two positions: 

    • Data Analysis Systems Development and Support Analyst
    • Project Assistant

    For more information and to submit your resume, please visit our Careers page.

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  • Report: Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project “ProtectOhio”

    05/2010

    HSRI’s Child and Family Services team is excited to post the ProtectOhio Comprehensive Final Evaluation Report, exploring the impact of the Title IV-E Waiver, in 18 participating Ohio counties. Since 1997, these child welfare agencies have used flexible federal funding sources to enhance services and provide family-driven supports, in an effort to reduce their use of foster care. This evaluation report provides an overview of the evaluation of these efforts, with a focus on implementation of programmatic strategies (i.e. family team meetings, supervised visitation, kinship, and mental health and substance abuse services), as well as the impact of Ohio’s Title IV-E Wavier on agency revenue and expenditures, participant outcomes, and case trajectories.

    You can Download the report here: http://www.hsri.org/publication/protect-ohio

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  • Arkansas Youth United Launches New Website

    05/2010

    We are excited to announced the launch of the new Arkansas Youth United website.  It includes an updated look, new and exciting information about AYU and the work they do, and new features to make the site more accessible.  Check out the calendar for upcoming events including monthly peer support meetings for young people and parents.  Sign up to receive AYU's monthly email newsletter and visit often to see what's new.

    The new website can be found here:  http://www.ayuonline.org

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  • Reinventing Quality Conference: August 8-10, 2010

    05/2010

    HSRI, along with our colleagues at the University of Minnesota, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities and the University of Delaware have, for many years, sponsored the Reinventing Quality Conference.  This year’s conference will be held in Baltimore, MD from August 8-10, 2010.  It will feature a range of exciting presentations, and will provide information, new ideas and active discussions about person-centered planning, employment innovations, self-advocacy and more for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please go to www.reinventingquality.org for more information about the program and to register for the conference.

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  • The Riot! Presents the National Conversation on Employment

    05/2010

    The Riot! is hosting a three part national conversation on employment for self-advocates. The first call focused on what self-advocates want to be doing during the day. The second call, June 7th, will be a discussion with field experts about employment opportunities for self-advocates, and alternatives to employment. The last call, July 12, will focus on how self-advocates can get the jobs and experience they want. For more information, visit www.theriotrocks.org .

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  • HSRI Launches New Website!

    05/2010

    HSRI is excited to unveil our redesigned website.  Along with a fresh look and improved navigation, the new site features expanded information about HSRI, our work, and our commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities.  You can now browse our site by:

    We encourage you to look around and see what has changed. If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback about the new HSRI.org, please feel free to contact us.

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  • HSRI is Hiring!

    05/2010

    HSRI is seeking motivated individuals for the following two positions:

    • Data Analysis Systems Development and Support Analyst
    • Project Manager

    For more information and to submit your resume, please visit our Careers page.

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  • Online HCBS Case Manager Training Now Available

    04/2010

    Our friends at CMS have made two new resources available to connect the work of HCBS waiver case managers to provisions of federal assurances.

    Online Training: An approximately 90-minute tutorial intended for case managers and their supervisors on HCBS waiver basics and federal assurances. The training includes a narrative curriculum, case studies with video vignettes, knowledge checks and reflective exercise to apply general knowledge to specific requirements of individual HCS waivers and states.

    Resource Guide for Trainers: In addition to access by individuals to the online learning module, the Resource Guide supports states and/or case management provider agencies who wish to conduct in-person training programs. The Guide provides instructions, power point slides, tips and other resources to facilitate in-person training. Train-the-Trainer materials are available through the website listed above.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.hcbsassurances.org

    This project was conducted with funds made available through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under its Money Follow the Person Technical Assistance grant. The Muskie School of Public Service, under contract with the Ascellon Corporation, directs the project. CMS project contacts: Sarah Fogler, sarah.fogler@cms.hhs.gov or Nancy Kirchner, nancy.kirchner@cms.hhs.gov. Muskie project director: Maureen Booth, maureenb@usm.maine.edu.

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  • Judi Chamberlin

    01/2010

    I want to weigh in on behalf of all of Judi's friends at the Human Services Research Institute. She has served on our Board of Directors for many years and has enriched our conversations with her wisdom and always independent voice. Judi has been a friend and colleague of many of us for more than 30 years. We remember her spirited advocacy for people with mental illness as founder of the Mental Patients Liberation Front, her establishment of the Ruby Rogers Drop In Center (a consumer run center whose first home was in our building), her increasing work internationally with like minded advocates who benefited from Judi's enthusiasm and knowledge, and most of all her energy, indomitable spirit and the love she gave so freely to her family and wide circle of friends. It is hard to imagine our work without her but she touched so many people during her life who are - because of Judi - prepared to carry on what she started.

    Thank you Judi

    Val Bradley
    President
    Human Services Research Institute

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