Brandeis University News
The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, headed by Director Monika Mitra, will become the new home of the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC), a research initiative with the goal to improve policies and practices that promote community living outcomes for people with disabilities in the United States. CLPC Principal Investigator (PI) Monika Mitra is joined by two co-PIs: Lurie Institute senior scientist Joe Caldwell, and Steve Kaye of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
The CLPC is funded by a five-year, $4.375 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This constitutes the single largest award that the Lurie Institute has received since it was established in 2007.
“This accomplishment reflects the Lurie Institute’s status as a major force in U.S. disability policy research,” says Heller Dean David Weil. “Under Monika’s guidance, the Community Living Policy Center will make critical contributions to this field and, by extension, positively impact the millions of people with disabilities in the U.S. who rely on support services to live in their communities.”
About 12 million people in the U.S. need long-term services and supports (LTSS). These include a wide range of health and social services provided to those who need help with personal care tasks or activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, and dressing; instrumental activities like grocery shopping or medication management; and supports to live and work in their community, including employment and housing services.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and as reaffirmed by the 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision, established that individuals have the right to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. While a majority of people with LTSS needs wish to receive these services at home and in the community, significant …