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ERIC Number: ED457613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Home on the Range: Host Families for Developmental Disabilities in Wyoming.
Walling, Teresa; Potts, Bridget; Fortune, Jon; Cobb, Ginny L.; Fortune, Barbara
This report describes the outcomes of a Wyoming program that provides host families for individuals with developmental disabilities. Host families work with certified Medicaid providers of home and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities and provide residential habilitation to an adult who is accepted as a member of their family. The first part of the report discusses findings from a study involving 13 adults with mental retardation who were in host families for 9 to 11 months. Results from the study indicate there was a positive change in the individuals when they lived with host families compared to the same individuals while they lived in an institution or at the beginning of their placement with a regional service provider. Incident reports of inappropriate behavior decreased significantly in eight individuals who had had maladaptive behaviors. All 13 individuals maintained or improved their health status, including 3 individuals who lost an average of 42 pounds. Two individuals have been able to slightly decrease psychotropic medications since their move to a host family. The second part of the report presents case studies of four participants who have lived in a host family and have made exceptional gains. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
Wyoming Division of Developmental Disabilities, Herschler Bldg., First Floor West, 122 West 25th St., Cheyenne, WY 82002. Tel: 307-777-7115; Fax: 307-777-6047; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming State Dept. of Health, Cheyenne. Developmental Disabilities Div.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming