The Case for Inclusion Offers Service Insights

July 28,  2015

Medicaid affects all Americans, whether directly or indirectly; now or in the future. Since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has published an annual report called The Case for Inclusion, ranking how well State Medicaid programs serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Case for Inclusion reports on how many individuals are supported in the community, how many participate in competitive employment and family support services, and how well states help those in need. According to UCP, the 2015 report aligns with the movement toward person-centered services by attempting to answer questions such as:

  • Are individuals isolated? Do they have meaningful relationships?
  • Are individuals stuck in their residences, or do they regularly go out into the community?
  • Are individuals getting healthier?
  • Are the families of individuals with disabilities healthy and functional?

Most states, including Illinois, participate in the National Core Indicators survey to evaluate individuals’ health, safety, and quality of life. Despite increased tracking, much of the news is disappointing, including longer waiting lists and fewer competitive employment opportunities. The best-performing states vary widely in terms of size, spending, and political tendencies. To access the report, including highlights and individual state’s scorecards, visit For more analysis, read the summary published by Center for Independent Futures Resource Partner Oak Wealth Advisors at this link.

In the overall rankings combining all of the report’s measures, Illinois ranks just 47 out of 51. Because of this challenging environment, Center for Independent Futures remains committed to creating new solutions rather than trying to fix the broken, overburdened system. To learn how CIF can help you build new solutions for your family, contact us at (847) 328-2044.

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