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  • APHA honors HSRI Senior Vice President Steve Leff with Carl Taube Award

    12/2013

    Dr. Leff received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association. The award recognizes scholars who have made important contributions to the field of public mental health. Dr. Leff presented the Carl Taube Award Lecture on Nov. 4 at the annual meeting of the APHA.

    “The original planning for the deinstitutionalization of persons with serious mental illness (that is persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other disorders that can result in significant functional impairments) underestimated the need for community-based services and service coordination. This was because the initial planning for deinstitutionalization was motivated by unproven theory and the vision of advocates, but not evidence. Are we about to make the same mistakes when it comes to planning for integrated care for persons with serious mental illness? Research on types and outcomes of integrated care for persons with serious mental illness is in short supply. Yet successes using integrated care for persons with depression and aspects of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in a movement to use integrated care for persons with serious mental illness. This presentation will review the available evidence on integrated care for persons with serious mental illness. Further, given the shortage of research, it will illustrate how a simulation model developed by the presenter, in combination with available evidence, can be used to provide a theoretical basis for and inform the planning of integrated systems of care for persons with serious mental illness. Finally, it will discuss the theoretical questions such as the relationship of simulation outcomes to recovery and data needs stemming from this simulation model. The presentation will include a demonstration of the simulation model and a description of where resources for planning services for persons with serious mental illness can be found.”

    Visit Planning by the Numbers: A clinically orientated computer simulation for mental health system planning.

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  • New NCI Data Brief on Race and Ethnicity and Preventive Healthcare

    12/2013

    NCI is proud to announce the release of a new data brief entitled "What do NCI data tell us about the racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare utilization experienced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?" The data brief explores significant differences among racial and ethnic groups in demographics such as age, mobility level, level of disability and residence type. The data brief goes on to examine significant differences in preventive healthcare use.

    The data brief can be found at http://www.nationalcoreindicators.org/resources/data-briefs/

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  • NCI 2011-2012 Annual Report Released

    11/2013

    National Core Indicators (NCI) is proud to announce the release of the 2011-12 Annual Summary Report. The Annual Report highlights selected findings from the 2011-12 data cycle. Please take a look at this valuable and informative resource.  

    The 2011-2012 Annual Report accessed here or under "Reports" under the "Resources" tab at www.nationalcoreindicators.org.

     

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  • HSRI President Valerie Bradley will Receive the 2013 Pool of Bethesda Award

    10/2013

    The Pool of Bethesda Award will be presented on behalf of the Board of Directors of Bethesda Lutheran Communities. This award is one of Bethesda’s highest honors and it recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions of service and leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the United States.

    Valerie will accept the award at the Bethesda 2013 Annual Banquet, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 16th.

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  • HSRI Hires Three Individuals to Join the Developmental Disabilities Policy Team

    09/2013

    HSRI is pleased to announce the hiring of three individuals to join the Developmental Disabilities Policy Team at its Oregon office.  These individuals include:

    Erica Hendricks, J.D. is a Policy Associate at HSRI and earned her law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Prior to joining HSRI she worked in the Oregon State Legislature as a legislative aide, as a law clerk for a special education law firm in California and at HOPE Services as a case manager for people in their supported living program.  At HSRI, she is currently working on projects pertaining to strategic planning, family support practices, and realigning service systems to increase their efficiency while promoting person-centered approaches. 

    Faythe Aiken, B.A. is a Research Assistant at HSRI and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from Holy Cross College.  Prior to her work at HSRI, she worked on a longitudinal research study at the University of Notre Dame and in community advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities at L’Arche Belfast.  She presently works on several HSRI projects related to data collection and analysis.  These include projects to track residential service trends in the United States, strategic planning and others to realign service systems to increase their efficiency while promoting person-centered approaches.

    Risa Rojas, B.A. is a Policy Assistant at HSRI and a graduate of Portland State University in Applied Linguistics with a minor in Spanish. She is currently working on projects pertaining to strategic planning and realigning service systems to increase their efficiency while promoting person-centered approaches.  In particular she focuses on strategies for communicating with stakeholders, including developing and editing materials, gathering input from stakeholders and otherwise keeping stakeholders informed of project activities. 

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  • For Sarah: Val Bradley Eulogizes Sarah Taub

    08/2013

    The following eulogy was given by HSRI President Valerie Bradley at services for Sarah Taub.

    For Sarah

    By Val Bradley

    Sarah Taub

    It is an extraordinary privilege to speak about my dear friend and colleague, Sarah. For 17 years, she has been a steady and powerful presence in my life and has put the imprint of her grace and intelligence on every aspect of the organization that was her professional home, the Human Services Research Institute. There are those that say that everything of value that we will know in this life comes from our relationships with those around us – if that is so, Sarah gave me and those who have worked with her at HSRI value beyond price.

    While I am proud to have been her mentor, the truth is that she tutored me as well. Among my many shortcomings is a tendency to be impulsive. When I moved too rapidly to a conclusion or a course of action, Sarah was there to gently suggest that I slow down pointing out the possible perils and consequences. Sarah always thought things through, read and researched before coming to a conclusion, and brought integrity and foresight to all that she did.

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  • Sarah Taub 1971 - 2013

    08/2013

    Sarah Taub

    It is with deep regret that HSRI announces the passing of our friend and colleague Sarah Taub. Sarah died Saturday, August 3, 2013 after a 10-month fight with cancer.

    Since she began working at HSRI in 1996, Sarah became a vital and irreplaceable asset to the HSRI team. Sarah most recently served as the Project Director for the National Core Indicators (NCI) project. As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Quality Enterprise team, Sarah provided technical assistance to states in the areas of quality assurance and improvement strategies for Home and Community Based Waiver services. Sarah also served on the board of the Newton Wellesley Weston (NWW) Committee for Community Living, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She is the author of many peer-reviewed professional publications and received awards for her outstanding research. Sarah’s contributions to the field of human services research are unparalleled.

    Sarah will be greatly missed by HSRI and beyond.

    Services will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 12:00 noon at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon St., Brookline, MA. Interment to follow at the Framingham-Natick Jewish Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation, PO Box 52697, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74152. Alternatively, contributions may be made online at: http://www.lmsdr.org/staub.php

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  • The Riot! - Issue 34

    06/2013

    Welcome to our What's in YOUR Cookbook? Issue. Ever heard the old saying, “Too many cooks can spoil the stew”?
    This Riot issue asks all of us this question and many more.

    • Do we have the right ingredients for self-advocacy to be successful?
    • What does it really take to make self-advocacy a powerful movement?
    • Do the advisors run it all?
    • Will the government recognize self-advocates and give us the money we need to teach and support self-advocacy?
    • What skills do we have and what skills do we need to prove we are ready?
    • Can you leave us alone in the kitchen or at least let us choose who we trust to mentor or guide us?


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    You can visit The Riot! website here: www.theriotrocks.org

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  • Remembering Reena

    06/2013

    Hello Friends and Colleagues of Reena Wagle,

    It is with immense sadness that we share news that our former HSRI colleague, Reena Wagle, has passed away.  Reena died at home, of natural causes, yet far too young as she was only 50 years old.

    Reena had a laugh that would resonate through our offices and hallways and a spirit to match.  She was committed to supporting people with disabilities to find their voices, and use those voices to inform and better the world.  Reena radiated passion, spirit and mischief in all she did….her work, friendships, dance, photography and cooking.  And she saved a special place in her heart for her family and her greyhounds (also family).

    Regarding her passion for supporting people with disabilities…  please view the following clip:

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  • HSRI is Hiring: Developmental Disabilities Policy Associate

    05/2013

    The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) seeks a full-time Policy Associate to work within our developmental disabilities studies team in our Tualatin, Oregon office.

    This position offers an exciting opportunity to participate in a variety of projects to advise policy makers regarding the means for managing service systems for people with developmental disabilities. These efforts primarily involve quantitative or qualitative data analysis, policy analysis, and partnerships with state human services agencies, local organizations and others.

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  • HSRI is Hiring: Web Applications Developer

    05/2013

    Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) is seeking an experienced developer for a 3 month full time contract position to assist in the development of various web-based applications. This position will work with our development team and project stakeholders to implement Section 508 compliant front end components which will interact with the back end database. Applications will be built on the Microsoft platform with IIS/ASP.NET and SQL Server. Experience with the Microsoft MVC framework is not necessary but would be considered a plus. Ideal candidates should have 5+ years experience using these technologies and be able to rapidly create solutions in order to meet the aggressive turnaround times required for various upcoming deliverables.

    Please send cover letter and resume to hsrijobs@gmail.com

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  • Evaluation of the Minnesota Preferred Integrated Network (PIN) Program

    04/2013

    The Preferred Integrated Network (PIN) program is currently being implemented in Dakota County, Minnesota by a managed care organization (MCO)/county partnership involving Medica Health Plan, Dakota County, and Medica Behavioral Health. Enrollees in the program are Dakota county adults with SMI and children with SED who are enrolled in Medicaid. A key component of the PIN program model involves a Patient Navigator model that provides case management and coordination of physical and mental health care and social services for enrollees. HSRI, in collaboration with Desert Vista Consulting, is conducting an evaluation of the PIN program which will assess the effectiveness of the program in addressing access, quality, accountability, and cost issues associated with integrated physical and behavioral health for the target population of adults with SMI and children with SED. In addition, the evaluation will identify the components of the Navigation Model that are most successful and the ways in which they may be refined and replicated.

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  • Current NCI Psychotropic Medication Data and State Efforts to Combat High Rates of Medication Use

    04/2013

    On Friday, March 29, HSRI conducted a webinar on current NCI medications data and state efforts to quell high rates of medication use by the adults they serve. NCI staff began the webinar by discussing the NCI program, what the NCI data show about medication use, and specific outcomes for those who take medications. Employees from three state agencies (Massachusetts, Georgia and Missouri) then presented on steps they have taken to address high rates of medication use. Questions from the audience followed. Presentation is attached.

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  • NCI Staff To Present Poster at National Conference on Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability

    04/2013

    On April 25, 2013, NCI staff will be presenting a poster at Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability: A National Conference in Washington, DC. The poster will look at what NCI data show about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare utilization faced by individuals with ID/DD.

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  • HSRI President Valerie Bradley to Speak at the 2013 Revolutionary Leaders Live Video Webinar Series

    03/2013

    Please join us for the 2013 Revolutionary Leaders Live Video Webinar Series!

    2013 Revolutionary Leaders Speakers

     

    The highly esteemed panel of speakers will share their knowledge and insight about specific topics, stories, and best practices they have discovered through their work in the disability field.

    This year's Revolutionary Leaders include: Rachel Simon, Bill Baldini, Judith Snow, Peter Leidy, Al Condeluci, Marca Bristo, Michael Kendrick, Val Bradley, Jack Pearpoint, Linda Kahn, Erick Rosenthal and Dohn Hoyle. Each speaker will present live onscreen using the latest video conferencing technology.

    This Year's Presentations will be held during the Wednesday lunch hour from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

    Dates: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17
    Time: 1-2:30 p.m., Eastern

    Register at 2013revolutionaryleaders.eventbrite.com: $18/session or $175 for the 11 speakers series.

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  • HSRI Seeks Child and Family Services Research Director

    03/2013

    HSRI is seeking a full-time Research Director to lead the Child & Family Services team in our Tualatin, Oregon office. This position offers an exciting opportunity to oversee several current large-scale child welfare projects. These efforts are primarily research or evaluation-based study, and involve partnerships with state human services agencies, local organizations and others to complete and disseminate findings. The position requires the ability to manage and oversee multiple projects, supervise project staff, develop new funding opportunities, and contribute to overall management of the office.

    More information about the position and contact information for applying can be found on our Careers page.

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  • NCI Webinar on Medication and State Efforts to Reduce Overuse

    02/2013

    As part of the NCI’s efforts to offer state DD managers and stakeholders useful data for systems change, NCI data on adults with I/DD taking  medications for mood, anxiety, psychosis and behavior will be presented on a national webinar.  NCI staff will describe differences in use of these medications by diagnosis, by residential type, and other demographic differences.  Featured will be four states’ (Ohio, Massachusetts, Missouri, Georgia) quality improvement initiatives to reduce overuse of these types of medications. This webinar is free and open to the public.

     

    Date: Friday, March 29, 2013
    Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
    Meeting Number: 598 173 487
    Meeting Password: medicine

    1. Go to https://hsri.webex.com/hsri/j.php?ED=225538662&UID=1595622362&PW=NZDIxMDMwNjU4&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
    2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
    3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: medicine
    4. Click "Join".

    To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
    https://hsri.webex.com/hsri/j.php?ED=225538662&UID=1595622362&PW=NZDIxMDMwNjU4&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

    To join the teleconference

    Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-503-4560  (US)
    Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=7385424346
    Conference Code: 738 542 4346

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  • Punxsutawney Pete Travels To AAIDD's 137th Annual Meeting!

    02/2013

    Join Punxsutawney Pete as he travels to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the 137th American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' Annual Meeting June 3-6th, 2013. The 137th AAIDD Annual Meeting, Race to Catch the Future, will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives.

     Registration Opens Monday March 4, 2013. More information on AAID's website.

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  • Photos from Senior Vice President Stephen Leff's Celebration

    01/2013

    Photos from the January 25th, 2012 celebration of career and contributions of our colleague and Senior Vice President H. Stephen Leff. Several of Stephen's current and former colleagues were present to mark Stephen's achievements.


    Stephen Leff, HSRI Senior Vice President

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  • National Core Indicators has been profiled in Governing Magazine

    01/2013

    National Core Indicators has been profiled in Governing Magazine in an article called "Measuring Developmental Disabilities Services' Success."

    The article discusses the origins of NCI and its use as an outcomes measure. "It started around the time states began flirting with managed care," says Charles Moseley, associate executive director of NASDDDS. "And we were also starting to hear from other directors that they were getting a different kind of question from legislators during budget hearings. They didn't want to hear about outputs -- how many clients we were serving -- they wanted to know what difference we were making in these folks' lives."

    In addition, Steven Hall, Kentucky's commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, talks about how NCI data has helped design programs and policies that will improve the quality of life of many individuals involved with the system. Some changes impemented in KY include: "A 180-degree shift away from sheltered workshops to supported employment based on clear evidence that clients who have actual jobs report far better life outcomes than those who are simply being shuttled to and from workshops. Those with jobs reported key improvements in measures like healthier relationships, less loneliness and even less obesity, not to mention such other incidentals as higher incomes."

    GOVERNING is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, GOVERNING provides nonpartisan news, insight and analysis on such issues as public finance, transportation, economic development, health, energy, the environment and technology.

    You can read the article here: http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/col-measuring-developmental-disabilities-services-success.html

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  • HSRI discusses ‚ÄúLeveraging Data for Sustainability‚ÄĚ in a SAMHSA webinar on sustaining grant-funded programs

    01/2013

    HSRI was invited to make a two-hour presentation on leveraging data to sustain funded programs, as part of a two-day sustainability webinar organized for SAMHSA’s Minority AIDS Initiative grantees funded through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The webinar was organized by the Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS Coordinated Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). The sustainability of programs beyond the period of grant funding is a topic of increasing interest to foundations and government funding agencies, and the use of data for this purpose is an example of HSRI’s activities in conducting behavioral health program evaluations and needs assessments at  national, state and local levels. The HSRI presentation was prepared by senior researchers Nilufer Isvan and Dow Wieman and delivered by Nilufer Isvan on 12/6/2012.

    For further information about this presentation, please contact Nilufer Isvan (NIsvan@hsri.org). For information about HSRI’s expertise in monitoring program sustainability, please contact Dow Wieman (DWieman@hsri.org).

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