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4th Annual Case for Inclusion Report Ranks All 50 States on Community-Based Support
Date:8/5/2009

Analysis of Medicaid Services to People with Disabilities Show Mixed Results

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) released today the 2009 Case for Inclusion Report (www.ucp.org/medicaid), ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the Medicaid services they provide to their Mental Retardation/Developmental Disability populations. The report finds that all states have room to improve outcomes and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While too much money is still spent isolating people in large institutions and waiting lists for services are increasing overall, real and notable progress has been made in just one year. "Still, too often the goals of independence, productivity and community inclusion are at odds with reality," said CEO Stephen Bennett.

The top and bottom ten states in terms of quality of Medicaid service provided are;

1) Vermont; 2) Arizona; 3) Alaska; 4) New Hampshire; 5) Massachusetts; 6) Michigan; 7) California; 8) Hawaii; 9) Colorado; 10) Connecticut

42) Indiana; 43) Tennessee; 44) Nebraska; 45) Ohio; 46) Louisiana; 47) Illinois; 48) District of Columbia; 49) Texas; 50) Arkansas; 51) Mississippi

Five states shifted by at least five places in the rankings from 2008 to 2009, and 15 states shifted at least five places in the rankings from 2007 to 2009.

Some other key findings of the report:

  • Positively, there are 1,536 fewer Americans living in large state institutions (more than 16 beds). However, there remain 169 large institutions (4 fewer) housing 36,175 Americans.
  • Nine states - Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia - have no large st
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