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The Supports Intensity Scale Assessment Can be Used to Build Robust Funding Methods for Developmental Disability Services, New Research Reveals
Date:7/16/2008

including achieving greater equity in funding among individuals, efficient use of limited public dollars, promoting flexibility in the selection of services, and, most recently, affording individuals and families the opportunity to directly manage a prospectively determined individual budget."

Feedback from states using SIS over the past four years shows that the focus of SIS on uniquely measuring support needs as opposed to deficits of a person enables states to build person-centered systems. Jan Morgan of Oregon's Developmental Disabilities office says, "We believe that SIS will help distribute resources fairly and equitably statewide by using the assessment scores to help develop an Individual Budgeted Amount model." Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington, and the province of Ontario in Canada have similar interests in using SIS for resource allocation.

As the disability field attempts to tie in public funding for community services and supports to assessment results, studies so far show that the Supports Intensity Scale promises to provide an accurate, equitable, and transparent method to allocate resources to citizens with intellectual disabilities.

Download and post comments: http://www.siswebsite.org/cs/SISwhitepaper/Resourceallocation SIS quick facts: http://www.siswebsite.org/cs/quickfacts

Purchase SIS: http://bookstore.aaidd.org

Founded in 1876, AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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