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Valerie Bradley Presents at the Data Science and Right to Science Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Date: 05/2019

From May 18-21, HSRI's Valerie Bradley participated in a conference and symposium in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the right to science as a human right. Valerie's presentation highlighted the importance of technology in the lives of people with disabilities in supporting them to be active participants in their community, in jobs, and in relationships. She also shared recommendations regarding the involvement of people with disabilities in the design of technology that they rely on. 

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New Report! NCI-AD Adult Consumer Survey: 2016-2017 National Results

Date: 01/2019

The National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities™ (NCI-AD™) project just released results from the second deployment of its NCI-AD Adult Consumer Survey, a consumer quality of life instrument that provides important insights to the aging and physical disabilities field. Twelve NCI-AD states participated in the second round of data collection, surveying nearly 9,000 people who receive long-term services and supports (LTSS). Participating states can compare their data nationally and set state-specific benchmarks, demonstrating their commitment to improving the quality of their LTSS systems.

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New Federal Initiative Launched to Improve Person-Centered Practice

Date: 01/2019

On January 7, the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the launch of the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS), administered by the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).

During the past 30 years, systems for people with disabilities and older adults with long-term service and support needs have generally shifted to embrace person-centered principles, premised on the belief that people should have the authority to define and pursue their own vision of a good life. Yet, the degree to which these systems have fully adopted person-centered practices varies, and many continue to grapple with how to effectively implement them.

The goal of NCAPPS is to promote systems change that makes person-centered principles not just an aspiration, but a reality in the lives of people who require services and supports across the lifespan. NCAPPS will assist states, tribes, and territories to transform their long-term care service and support systems to implement U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy on person-centered thinking, planning, and practices. It will support a range of person-centered thinking, planning, and practices, regardless of funding source. Activities will include providing technical assistance to states, tribes, and territories; establishing communities of practice to promote best practices; hosting educational webinars; and creating a national clearinghouse of resources to support person-centered practice.

NCAPPS is funded by the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and administered by the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). Engagement of people with lived experience will be at the heart of all NCAPPS activities. A Person-Centered Advisory and Leadership Group composed of national experts with lived experience receiving long-term services and supports will oversee and contribute to all aspects of NCAPPS. HSRI will be partnering with national organizations to ensure the work is relevant and effective, including:

  • National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS)
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
  • National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD)
  • National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

Technical assistance applications are available now.

States, tribes, and territories can apply for technical assistance through an application available online.  

The deadline for technical assistance applications is February 12, 2019. Completed applications should be submitted to

For more information:

Additional information about NCAPPS is in this NCAPPS overview document.

Join the NCAPPS launch webinar on January 29 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST to learn more about NCAPPS and to have your questions answered regarding technical assistance opportunities. Register for the webinar.

To learn more, contact

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Our Latest Newsletter

Date: 08/2018

What've we been up to this summer? Check out our latest newsletter to find out! 

Exploring health care transparency tools for New York State |  Improving supports for people with self-injurious behavior  | Analyzing Multnomah County's behavioral health system | Breaking down barriers to college success | And more!

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NCI-AD Webinar: The State Experience

Date: 12/2017

On Thursday, December 14, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm Eastern, HSRI and NASUAD will hold a webinar for state staff interested in learning more about the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) program. NCI-AD is a consumer survey designed to support states' interest in assessing the performance of long term services and supports (LTSS) programs and improving services for seniors and adults with physical disabilities. NCI-AD's primary aim is to collect and maintain valid and reliable data that give states a broad view of how their publicly-funded long-term services and supports programs impact the quality of life and outcomes of service recipients.

The webinar will begin with an overview of NCI-AD, followed by presentations from three participating states describing their experience with NCI-AD and how they are utilizing NCI-AD data. This webinar will be useful for anyone interested in learning more about NCI-AD in general as well as states already participating in NCI-AD. There will be time for Q&A after state panelists have presented.

Click here to register.

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