Facts and FiguresWhy This Is Important
Statistics are important for gauging where things stand in terms of our nation's commitment to person-centered services and supports. Statistics help us understand how much progress has been made or what's still to be done.All levels of government devote considerable money ($25.6 billion in 1998) to services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Statistics help us understand the direction that this spending has been taking. Is it growing, staying about the same or shrinking? Statistics also reveal the kinds of services that government is buying, including how much is earmarked for services and supports in the community. At one time, most government money paid for services in large state facilities. Now most of it is earmarked for community services. A fair question to ask is whether government is doing its job in earmarking money for person-centered services and supports.Statistics also are an important tool for stakeholders to gauge where things stand in their own state. It is useful to ask questions like "How does our state compare to the nation or other states in supporting people with developmental disabilities?" or "Are person-centered supports as readily available in our state as elsewhere?"Here, we provide information about how you can access statistics and information about government-funded services for people with developmental disabilities. The information includes facts and figures about national spending and service trends as well as state-by-state statistics. This information includes figures on residential, family support, and work/day services. There also is information about Medicaid-funded services. Information about Medicaid services is important because state-federal Medicaid dollars now account for about 75% of all spending for services for people with developmental disabilities. These dollars playing an increasingly important role in expanding the availability of person-centered services and supports.We also will help you locate other information that is helpful in understanding where things stand, including information about how many people have a developmental disability.