Community Integration

Trends in disability and program participation among U.S. veterans

Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Jennifer R. Tennant, David C. Stapleton DOI: Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 3, p449–456 Published online: January 6, 2016 Background Disability is increasingly part of the lives of veterans and more research is needed to understand its impact on veterans’ participation in disability benefit programs. Objective We examine how recent trends in receipt of service-connected… Read More »»

Validity of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY) for Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in sustainable development projects

Mary Khetani, Sc.D., Jenifer Marley, M.S., Megan Baker, M.S., Erin Albrecht, M.S., Gary Bedell, Ph.D., Wendy Coster, Ph.D., Dana Anaby, Ph.D., Mary Law, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, p226–235 Published online: November 11, 2013 DOI: Background Participation in home, school, and community activities is an important indicator of child health… Read More »»

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule – Evidence Tool Kit

The Council for Quality and Leadership (CQL) has prepared a tool kit to assist in implementing the CMS HCBS settings rule. The toolkit and explanatory letter are here: PDF.

CMS Updates Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Quality Reporting

See March 12 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services letter here: PDF.

Lay health mentors in community-based older adult disability prevention programs: provider perspectives

Dossa A, Capitman JA.  Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.  Res Gerontol Nurs. 2011 Apr;4(2):106-16. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20100729-01. Epub 2010 Aug 31. In this study, we explored provider perspectives on the benefits of and implementation challenges in using lay health mentor peers in a… Read More »»

Engagement in retirement: an evaluation of the effect of Active Mentoring on engagement of older adults with intellectual disability in mainstream community groups

Chng JP, Stancliffe RJ, Wilson NJ, Anderson K.  Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  J Intellect Disabil Res. 2012 Oct 10. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01625.x. [Epub ahead of print]   BACKGROUND: As adults with intellectual disability age, retirement options need to be explored. One option is to attend a mainstream community… Read More »»

An effective community-based mentoring program for return to work and school after brain and spinal cord injury

Kolakowsky-Hayner SA, Wright J, Shem K, Medel R, Duong T.  Rehabilitation Research Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA 95128, USA.  NeuroRehabilitation. 2012;31(1):63-73. doi: 10.3233/NRE-2012-0775. Information is presented on a community-based mentoring program, developed to work with existing community agencies and provide structure to the frequently confusing network of services for young… Read More »»

Conceptualizing community: a comparison of neighborhood characteristics of supportive housing for persons with psychiatric and developmental disabilities

Irene Wong YL, Stanhope V.  School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214, USA.  Soc Sci Med. 2009 Apr;68(8):1376-87. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.046. Epub 2009 Feb 27. Housing and services for persons with developmental disabilities (DD) have been shaped by the normalization approach, a commitment to full integration within the general community.… Read More »»

Pet ownership as a meaningful community occupation for people with serious mental illness

Zimolag U, Krupa T.  Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Am J Occup Ther. 2009 Mar-Apr;63(2):126-37. OBJECTIVE: We determined the proportion of pet owners and non-pet owners with serious mental illness, compared their characteristics and their motivations for owning or not owning a pet, and examined the relationship… Read More »»

Volunteerism among homeless persons with developmental disabilities

Morton LG 2nd, Cunningham-Williams RM, Gardiner G.  School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, USA.  J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2010;9(1):12-26. doi: 10.1080/15367100903526070. People with developmental disabilities have been historically excluded from mainstream society. Using the strength-based perspective, volunteerism was explored among homeless persons with self-reported developmental disabilities. It was hypothesized… Read More »»