ERIC Number: ED411622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
National Study of Day and Vocational Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in State Mental Health Agencies: Report of Data from FY 1993.
Whitney-Thomas, Jean; Thomas, Dawna M.; Gilmore, Dana Scott; McNally, Lorraine C.; Fesko, Sheila Lynch
This monograph reports data from a national investigation of day and vocational services for individuals with developmental disabilities provided by 50 state mental health agencies and the District of Columbia. Respondents were asked to report FY 1993 data on variables such as total numbers served, data collection systems, types and level of data collected, types of day and vocational services, referral sources and discharge placements, and information on the agency's commitment to the expansion of integrated employment. Findings from the study indicated that individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities are being served by state mental health agencies. Data also revealed that state mental retardation/developmental agencies are the number one referral and discharge source for these individuals. The study also found that many state mental health agencies had difficulty reporting data on day and vocational service categories as defined on the survey questionnaire and the numbers served in these categories at the state level. Finally, information was gathered on states' commitment to expanding integrated employment services and their perception of barriers. The report concludes with suggestions for future research on individuals with developmental disabilities served by state mental health systems. Appendices include the data collection instrument. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.