KU Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies (IHDPS)
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)
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 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.