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Resources by Topic: People with disabilities

Rural Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer
Provides background information on rural long-term services and supports (LTSS), and examines rural access to and the use of LTSS. Describes LTSS as integral components of a high-performing rural health system, particularly for individuals with disabilities and/or over the age of 65. Three main sections discuss patterns of rural LTSS use, affordability and burden of LTSS, and rural LTSS models, policies, and trends.
Author(s): Andrew F. Coburn, Jennifer P. Lundblad
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy brief discusses a study on the challenges of implementing rural transportation services and their implication on transportation policy. Analyzes infrastructure, geography, funding, accessibility, support and public awareness, and socio-demographics as barriers to rural transportation systems.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alex Evenson, Amanda Corbett, Katy Kozhimannil, Ira Moscovice
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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National Disability Policy: A Progress Report
Reports on the state of disability policy in key areas, examining the intersection between disability and poverty. Focuses on education, employment, financial assistance and incentives, healthcare, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing, as factors enhancing economic independence among people with disabilities. Includes sections on barriers related to finding transportation and appropriate housing in rural areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Rural Transportation Best Practice: Transportation for Individuals with Chronic Care Conditions
Highlights a program called Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), which is a transportation assistance service for individuals with chronic conditions in Big Stone Gap, VA. Details the demographics of the town, as well as the structure of the program.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries with Disabilities, by End Stage Renal Disease Status, 2014
Data highlight describing the characteristics of disabled Medicare beneficiaries by end stage renal disease (ESRD) status. Uses data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse (CCW) and includes a breakdown of metropolitan, micropolitan, or rural residence of disabled Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD.
Author(s): Elsa Haile, Sonya Bowen, Kenneth Lindenfelser, Chris Haffer
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief identifying strategies to help rural children with mental, behavioral, or development disorders (MBDDs) access behavioral health services. Discusses the potential of telehealth, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based health centers to address this need.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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How We Can Help Children in Rural Communities Thrive
Discusses challenges facing rural families and children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Highlights steps that states, healthcare systems, and primary care providers can take to support them.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2–8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas — United States, 2011–2012
Provides rural and urban data on a variety of health-related factors for children 2-8 years of age with and without mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Topics addressed include demographics, health insurance coverage, having a medical home, parental mental health, family financial difficulties, and community factors.
Author(s): Lara R. Robinson, Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(8), 1-11
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Highlights the work of the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 non-profit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services in the state. Discusses cross-sector collaboration and integration of mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services with primary care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Video featuring the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 nonprofit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services to Vermont residents.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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