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The Riot! - Issue 34

‘What’s in YOUR Cookbook? Tips and Tricks to Spice Up Self-Advocacy’... Read More

The Riot! - Issue 24

This issue of The Riot! is dedicated to how the world SHOULD be for self-advocates. Everything from People First language being the law of the land to using the ‘R’ words gets your mouth washed out with soap. Get ready for a fun ride into the future life of self-advocacy! The Riot! is a quarterly international e-newsletter written by and for self-advocates. It’s edgy, fun, informative and promotes strong self-advocacy.... Read More

The Riot! - Issue 35

A special edition focused on the new HCBS rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read More

Now Available! Papers from the Community Access Unlimited Symposium

Last fall, HSRI President Val Bradley helped facilitate the Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Social Movement Symposium, where participants and speakers explored trends in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities—including participant direction, self-advocacy, self-determination, technology, and managed care—and discussed ways to help expand a progressive inclusion movement to improve people’s lives. Speakers included Ari Ne’eman from the Autism Self Advocacy Network, Ansley Bacon and David O’Hara from Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Kevin Mahoney from the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services.... Read More

Launch of new website focused on self-direction in mental health

The Human Services Research Institute and Applied Self Direction, the new home for the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, are pleased to announce the release of a new website,, with information and research findings on self-direction, a relatively new approach to recovery for people with serious mental health conditions. ... Read More

TBI Tuesdays - Advisory Boards

The focus of this final TBI Tuesday session is on TBI State Advisory Boards/Councils and how to better engage members, especially individuals with brain injury. Two TBI State Partnership Program (SPP) grantees will present on the TBI SPP Advisory Board Toolkit. We’ll also hear from our federal partner from the Office of Independent Living Programs at ACL on the importance of consumer engagement. Representatives from the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) and the TBI Advisory and Leadership Group (TAL-Group) will lead a facilitated discussion about the importance of having consumer-guided council practices and how individuals with TBI and others can become ready to serve on boards.... Read More

NCI Annual Report 2007-2008

This report provides detailed state system performance data on individual outcomes, including employment, community participation, choice and decision making; health, welfare and rights covering personal safety, self advocacy and use of medications; family outcomes, addressing information and planning, choice and control and access to support; and other dimensions such as staff stability and competency, and system performance. Intended to be used in combination with other quality measures such as critical incident reporting, risk assessment and provider monitoring, the NCI indicators are standardized and risk adjusted to permit state to state comparisons and performance benchmarking against national norms. Many states include NCI data as a core component of their CMS mandated waiver program quality management strategy. Currently over thirty state developmental disabilities agencies gather NCI data on a regular basis and the program continues to grow as new states join each year.... Read More

Community Support Skill Standards: Tools for Managing Change and Achieving Outcomes

The Community Support Skill Standards (CSSS) identify the master level practice standards for direct service workers in progressive, community-based human service work environments. Developed and validated by a national coalition of key stakeholders, the standards represent the core skill and knowledge set applicable to frontline workers in a wide variety of human service program settings regardless of the specific job title or population served. Standards and performance indicators represent the result of a comprehensive, national occupational analysis and are organized in twelve functional domains of direct support practice including: Participant Empowerment; Communication; Assessment; Community and Service Networking; Facilitation of Services; Community Living Skills and Support; Education, Training and Self Development; Advocacy, Vocational, Educational and Career Support, Crisis Intervention, Organizational Participation, and Documentation.... Read More

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