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Mission:
To conduct timely and meaningful research and evaluation to inform health and disability policy, with the goal of improving access to and quality of care for all people, particularly for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

 


Current IHDPS Projects (Alphabetical)


Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE)

The ASPIRE project is a consortium of six western states (AZ, CO, MT, ND, SD, UT) funded by the US Department of Education as part of the national PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) initiative. States awarded PROMISE funding are working to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families. With colleagues from the University of Montana and the University of Utah, IHDPS staff serve as the Evaluation team for the ASPIRE Project. 
 

Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL)

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is a 5-year Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (DRRP) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0075-01-00). The CHRIL brings together disability advocates and researchers from 4 institutions (Washington State University, the University of Kansas, George Mason University, and the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital) to systematically investigate and disseminate essential findings about how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects working age adults with disabilities.
 


Kansas Disability and Health Program

Disability and Health Programs are state-wide initiatives funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, the CDC funds 19 state programs that work to improve the health and quality of life among people with mobility limitations and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) through adaptation and implementation of evidence-based strategies in their communities. In cooperation with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, the Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies leads the effort in Kansas for the next five years.
 
 

Kansas Medicaid: Evaluating Program Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Unmet Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)

Funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, this 6-month evaluation project will document program satisfaction, access to care and unmet needs for Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) and identify factors associated with these outcomes. In partnership with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), the project will conduct surveys with Medicaid enrollees across the state to document their experiences and concerns.


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