ERIC Number: ED242168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Staffing in Residential Programs: A Report on Staffing Ratios in Large State-Operated Residential Facilities for Mentally Retarded Persons in the United States. Revised.
Epple, W. A.; Jacobson, J. W.
A telephone survey of each state's mental retardation/developmental disabilities agency was conducted to assess the scope of public residential facility staffing nationally. Results revealed that every state had at least one large state operated residential facility, with 247 such facilities nationally. The national bed utilization rate was 4.92 per 10,000 general population. The average size of these facilities across all states was 450.7 residents, with 56.6% of the residents being profoundly retarded. Of all staff, 51.5% are in direct case and 19.9% in the clinical category. The overall staff to resident ratio was 1.60:1, with ratios for the administration staff to residents, 0.12:1, clinical staff to residents, 0.32:1; direct cast staff to residents, 0.82:1; and support staff to residents, 0.33:1. Variability in staffing patterns were thought to reflect budgetary constraints and differing staffing methodologies. (Author/CL)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Mental Retardation, Paraprofessional Personnel, Personnel Data, Professional Personnel, Residential Programs, Resource Staff, Staff Role, Staff Utilization
New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Program Research and Planning, 44 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12229.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Albany. Bureau of Program Research and Planning.