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National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental disability service providers, recently released its 2014-15 Core Indicators Reports. The reports track the survey responses of service recipients and their families asking them about the effectiveness of the programs in which they participate. The staff survey reports have not yet been released. 

NCI’s final Adult Consumer Survey Report for 2014-15 can provide insight as to the connection between availability of health care services, including Medicaid waiver services; successful employment; and the well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Users can access data on individuals’ access to self-determination, inclusion in the community, health, and employment status, including the type of employment and hours worked. This information can be used to assess the quality of developmental disability services. Although the adults who were surveyed were generally in good health, only about 17 percent reported having a paid job in the community. NCI’s survey report notes that having a paid job in the community is the primary employment goal for the people surveyed.  

NCI is also producing other resources that address the Core Indicators and links between disability, health, and employment. A recent May 2016 NCI data brief, Working in the Community: The Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment – Update 2, uses the National Core Indicators to describe the employment status of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by state developmental disability agencies, comparing how many beneficiaries in each state were in different types of community-based employment. The data shows that, although most beneficiaries were involved in some kind of activity during the day, only 14.8 percent were engaged in employment activities in the community. NCI also found that beneficiaries living in independent apartments or other community-based settings had higher rates of community-based employment than did beneficiaries in Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) institutions. 

A National Core Indicators webinar will be held on June 29, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT on Employment.

For more information, visit the NCI reports webpage, which lists all the reports currently available from the 2014-15 survey period.