NCI is a national, voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. This effort supports the development of standardized quality measures in adult developmental services. At the request of OADS, MDDC interviewed 400 adults with developmental who receive case management and at least one other service and consent to participate.
The interviews address individuals’ experiences with the services that they receive and measure person-centered outcomes and system-level indicators related to employment, choice, relationships, case management, inclusion, and health. Qualitative feedback from the interviewers suggested that those who work in integrated settings and live more independently seemed happier and that many participants seemed to have limited awareness about the availability of choices in services and supports.
For more information about National Core Indicators visit nationalcoreindicators.org
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council understands that the health crisis caused by this pandemic is created unprecedented strains on our already-inadequate systems of care in Maine and across the country. In order to better understand the impact that the coronavirus has had "on the ground", we have been working with ally organizations to survey Maine people with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers, and parents of children with developmental disabilities about the state of services during this time.
We have to date helped create, disseminate, and assess three separate surveys on this issue: one specific to children and their parents, one on adult services, and one asking about opinions on returning to school in the fall. Below are links to the final reports on these surveys.
Are you getting what you need? Are you connected? Survey Results of adults with disabilities and families of adults with disabilities during COVID-19 and Lessons Learned from the IPAD Technology Project