ERIC Number: ED421818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Invitation To Shape the Future: A Multi-Year Plan for Pennsylvania's Mental Retardation Service System.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg. Office of Mental Retardation.
This paper presents a five-year plan for the improvement of Pennsylvania's system of services for people with mental retardation and their families. It was developed over an 18-month period by 70 people, including people with disabilities, family members, advocates, providers of service, legislative staff, and county and state government officials. Resulting recommendations include: (1) restructure the administration of the program to assure quality, efficiency, and positive individual/family outcomes and satisfaction; (2) shift priorities for resource allocation from facility-based programs to services that build on natural supports; (3) create mechanisms for individuals and families to control resources allocated to meet their need; (4) pursue regulatory reform to ensure that regulations support reform efforts; (5) unify funding and eliminate categoricals within the mental retardation system; (6) reinvest savings from system reorganization into community services; (7) provide services and supports in the community for 1,500 people who are currently living in public Intermediate Care Facilities for People with Mental Retardation (ICF's/MR) over five years; (8) transfer the state and federal funding for services for 2,100 people in private ICF's/MR into the community funding system by conversion to the 2176 Medicaid Waiver Program. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Children, Community Programs, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Delivery Systems, Mental Retardation, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, Resource Allocation, State Programs, State Regulation
World Wide Web: http://www.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Public_welfare/mypomr.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg. Office of Mental Retardation.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania