Does More Staff Make Individuals Safer?
This article shares a process that was used to challenge and ultimately change long-standing assumptions and time-honored practices regarding the provision of services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By convening a steering committee comprised of stakeholder representatives and piloting its recommendations, advocates invested in advancing “Everyday Lives” for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities were successful in eliminating the staffing grid, a tool which is commonly used by state intellectual disability departments to determine staffing levels, and replacing it with an innovative approach to ensure appropriate levels of services and supports.
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