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Information on Government Programs

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Many people with developmental disabilities rely on government programs to assist them in living in the community. For example, roughly 2 million people with developmental disabilities obtain their health care through the federal-state Medicaid program. Many of these individuals also receive long-term services and supports through the Medicaid program. Other government programs provide income assistance to individuals (e.g., the SSI program), housing assistance, and employment supports. Understanding how government programs operate is important, not only on a personal level but also to inform advocacy for person-centered supports. Government programs can provide many opportunities for people to realize their dreams and aspirations. Government programs can assist individuals to become homeowners or help them secure a job and earn money that enables them to be independent. Other programs can provide day-by-day supports to people who need assistance in everyday living. There are many government programs that benefit people with developmental disabilities. Some of them are not easy to understand (even by “experts”). We hope that the products you find in this department will provide you with reasonably straightforward and useful information about government programs.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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