Does More Staff Make Individuals Safer?


  • Karen Annerhed-Harris The Alliance


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.




How to Cite

Annerhed-Harris, K. (2020). Does More Staff Make Individuals Safer?. Social Innovations Journal, 1(1). Retrieved from