ERIC Number: ED323708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Neighbor: An Examination of the Placement of People with Mental Retardation in Connecticut Communities.
Bradley, Valerie J.; And Others
This study examined the impact of deinstitutionalization of the mentally retarded on their communities, the extent of availability of support services, and the extent to which the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation assures adequate quality of support services and day programs for people with mental retardation living in community residential facilities. Project components include: (1) a research literature review; (2) a description of the current system of planning, residential development and quality assurance; (3) case studies of six communities where people with mental retardation have been relocated from institutions; (4) content analysis of relevant media coverage; (5) a study of 12 individual placements into community-based residences in these six communities; and (6) a phone survey of 5 service providers in non-urban areas aimed at discovering problems experienced in accessing services for their residents. Results call for "fine tuning" of planning, placement, transitions, community entry/development, accessibility, quality assurance, and global issues. The appendixes include: the study design and interview guides; a literature review; and a description of the formal system. Includes 47 references. (PB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Case Studies, Community Programs, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Mass Media Role, Mental Retardation, Placement, Quality Control, Quality of Life, Residential Institutions, Residential Programs, Services, State Programs
Human Services Research Institute, 2336 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140 ($23.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Office of Policy and Management, Hartford.
Authoring Institution: Human Services Research Inst., Cambridge, MA.