ERIC Number: ED333626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
What Legislators Need To Know about Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
This publication provides background information on financing and programming for persons with developmental disabilities to assist state legislators in making public policy and funding decisions. The booklet is in a question-and-answer format and covers the following topics: (1) definition of developmental disabilities and factors of concern to legislators, including discussion of demographic changes, federal reforms, pressure to make the most efficient use of funds, and pressure from advocacy groups; (2) services needed by persons with developmental disabilities, in the areas of health care, home-based and community-based services, housing, jobs, income support, and education; (3) available federal, state, and local support and funding sources; (4) public and private support, including employer-mandated insurance coverage, high-risk pools, subsidies for private health insurance, and state-financed or state-mandated catastrophic health insurance; (5) state compliance with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, which requires states to find alternative placements for persons with mental handicaps who have been placed inappropriately in nursing homes; and (6) innovative state programs in the areas of family support services, housing, integrated education, supported employment, and transition programs. The guide includes 84 reference notes, a glossary, a list of acronyms, and a list of 15 organizational resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Financial Needs, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Human Services, Intervention, Mental Retardation, Policy Formation, Program Development, Public Policy, State Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.