Disabilities

Pediatric Community Reintegration Project

August 2003

When children are discharged from a rehabilitation hospital with physical or cognitive disabilities, they and their families face many challenges. In addition to accessing rehabilitative services, they often need support for returning to school, transportation to services and facilities, and help with functioning in their homes. This demonstration project sought to improve children’s transitions from inpatient rehabilitation centers back into their communities.

Improving Access to Health and Mental Health for Chicago’s Deaf Community: A Survey of Deaf Adults

February 2004

Little research has been done to assess the special health-related needs of Deaf persons. To remedy this, Chicago’s two major providers of health services to Deaf patients—Sinai Health System and Advocate Health Care—collaborated on a health survey sensitive to the communication and cultural needs of the Deaf community. The project’s leaders believe the survey is the first of its kind conducted in American Sign Language.

Health Challenges, Policy Challenges: Medicaid and the Disabled in Illinois

September 2004

Disabled Medicaid beneficiaries in Illinois vary widely in age, health conditions, and personal circumstances. While they make up less than one-fifth of the state’s Medicaid enrollment, they account for more than half of the program’s spending. This report and policy brief examine enrollment and spending trends and the types of services used; they compare Illinois spending with that of other states and with nationwide trends. The documents provide useful background for discussions and decision-making about health care policy and coverage.