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  • Individual Author: Benton, Amanda; Dunton, Lauren; Khadduri, Jill; Walton, Douglas
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Schwabish, Jonathan
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    This brief examines correlates of DI benefit receipt for people with mental disorders, focusing on the higher rate of receipt in the six New England states. In 2015, 1.8 percent of all 18- to 65-year-olds across the country received DI benefits because of mental disorders. That recipiency rate was markedly higher in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The evidence suggests that access to and treatment from the health care system (which tend to be better in New England states) may help people identify their illnesses and contact the DI program and other services. (Author abstract)

    This brief examines correlates of DI benefit receipt for people with mental disorders, focusing on the higher rate of receipt in the six New England states. In 2015, 1.8 percent of all 18- to 65-year-olds across the country received DI benefits because of mental disorders. That recipiency rate was markedly higher in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The evidence suggests that access to and treatment from the health care system (which tend to be better in New England states) may help people identify their illnesses and contact the DI program and other services. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Henry, Alexis; Laszlo, Aniko; Nicholson, Joanne
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2015

    Collaboration among employment service providers has been suggested as one strategy for enhancing outcomes for people with disabilities. Yet, little research exists on the process of collaboration building or factors that contribute to effective collaboration among employment providers. We engaged partners of five Regional Employment Collaboratives (RECs) in Massachusetts to identify the critical elements needed to build and sustain an employment collaborative. We used concept mapping, a mixed-method approach that included brainstorming sessions during which REC partners generated statements in response to the research question – what does it take to build and sustain an employment collaborative? Partners sorted statements thematically and rated statements in terms of importance and challenge. Sorting and rating data were analyzed using multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis. The analysis yielded six “clusters” reflecting critical elements in building and sustaining a collaborative. Three elements, build trust and respect, do business differently and have...

    Collaboration among employment service providers has been suggested as one strategy for enhancing outcomes for people with disabilities. Yet, little research exists on the process of collaboration building or factors that contribute to effective collaboration among employment providers. We engaged partners of five Regional Employment Collaboratives (RECs) in Massachusetts to identify the critical elements needed to build and sustain an employment collaborative. We used concept mapping, a mixed-method approach that included brainstorming sessions during which REC partners generated statements in response to the research question – what does it take to build and sustain an employment collaborative? Partners sorted statements thematically and rated statements in terms of importance and challenge. Sorting and rating data were analyzed using multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis. The analysis yielded six “clusters” reflecting critical elements in building and sustaining a collaborative. Three elements, build trust and respect, do business differently and have effective structures and processes, are consistent with the literature on general collaborative building. The other three elements, address employer needs, engage job developers, and innovate strategically, reflect activities specific to an employment-focused collaborative. Collaboration is a complex and time-consuming undertaking, but holds promise as a way to enhance employment outcomes for people with disabilities. (author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Gettens, John; Henry, Alexis D.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    To address the unmet need for employment-related health care services among persons with disabilities, an alternative and potentially viable policy solution is the development of a new type of subsidized coverage to 'wrap-around' the new ACA coverage or other private and public coverage. Additional information on the employment-related health care needs of persons with disabilities is needed to inform the potential development of wrap-around plans. In this study, we conducted focus groups with employed and potentially employed persons with disabilities in Massachusetts to identify and describe the types of employment support needs these individuals experience and to inform the development of a future research to quantify the employment support needs. (Author abstract)

    To address the unmet need for employment-related health care services among persons with disabilities, an alternative and potentially viable policy solution is the development of a new type of subsidized coverage to 'wrap-around' the new ACA coverage or other private and public coverage. Additional information on the employment-related health care needs of persons with disabilities is needed to inform the potential development of wrap-around plans. In this study, we conducted focus groups with employed and potentially employed persons with disabilities in Massachusetts to identify and describe the types of employment support needs these individuals experience and to inform the development of a future research to quantify the employment support needs. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Drainoni, Mari-Lynn; Lee-Hood, Elizabeth; Tobias, Carol; Bachman, Sara S.; Andrew, Jennifer; Maisels, Lisa
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2006

    In this article, we present the results of a series of focus groups with people with disabilities, in which we took a cross-disability, lifespan perspective of disability. Consumers were asked about a broad set of barriers, such as problems with communication, transportation, and insurance, as well as about barriers related to physical accessibility. We used the Institute of Medicine's framework to categorize barriers as either structural, financial, or personal/cultural. Our results suggest that individuals with disabilities experience multiple barriers to obtaining health care and that these barriers are more pronounced for some types of health care than others. In addition, regardless of disability type, consumers consistently spoke about similar barriers. The results underscore the importance of taking a broad perspective when making policy decisions and the need for continued change and improvement in this area.(author abstract)

    In this article, we present the results of a series of focus groups with people with disabilities, in which we took a cross-disability, lifespan perspective of disability. Consumers were asked about a broad set of barriers, such as problems with communication, transportation, and insurance, as well as about barriers related to physical accessibility. We used the Institute of Medicine's framework to categorize barriers as either structural, financial, or personal/cultural. Our results suggest that individuals with disabilities experience multiple barriers to obtaining health care and that these barriers are more pronounced for some types of health care than others. In addition, regardless of disability type, consumers consistently spoke about similar barriers. The results underscore the importance of taking a broad perspective when making policy decisions and the need for continued change and improvement in this area.(author abstract)

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