- Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
- National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
- Human Services Research Institute
University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living
The purpose of the project is to identify and promote promising practices in person-centered planning and quality assurance within home and community-based service systems for persons with developmental disabilities.
This grant began in July 1999 and will run through June 2002. It is funded at approximately $670,000 for the 3-year period.
There are three components to the project. The first component is two Consensus Conferences on Person-Centered Planning. The purpose of the first conference was to arrive at a definition of Person-Centered Services, i.e. how you would know person-centered services if you saw them. The second conference, to be held in August 2001, will provide examples of how Person-Centered Planning is being implemented at the systems level. The Consensus Conferences are being organized by NASDDDS.
The second component of the grant is a series of case studies of states which employ the principle of Person-Centered Planning.
The third component of the project is the "Quality Mall." The Quality Mall is a comprehensive, one-stop shopping center for the transfer of information about person-centered services and quality promotion practices. The quality mall is constructed on the concept of a shopping mall, which is structured around a number of "shops" which are stocked with "goods" or, in this case, information. Each shop has a designated shop manager, who has the responsibility for keeping his or her respective shop filled with quality information. While the intention is to provide information that can be read by persons with developmental disabilities, the primary target audience is people in the service system at the state, local, or provider levels.
For more information, visit the Quality Mall website at http://www.qualitymall.org.