Exploring Disability Dataset - Overview of National Core Indicators Webinar

Monday, October 20, 2008
3:00PM EST

The National Core Indicators (NCI) is a collaboration among participating National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) member state agencies and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). NASDDS member state agencies serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within their state. The current set of indicators includes approximately 100 consumer, family, systemic, cost, and health and safety outcomes - outcomes that are important to understanding the overall health of public developmental disabilities agencies.

CDC State Disability and Health grantees maintain and refine existing public health surveillance activities related to disability and/or secondary conditions to target prevention and health promotion efforts. In states where NCI are collected, secondary data analysis of NCI and existing state-wise dataset will further inform the development and evaluation of disability and health program activities throughout their states.


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Charles Moseley, EdD
Charles Moseley is the Associate Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. In this role he manages national projects and research, performs state and federal policy analysis, and provides technical assistance to states on Medicaid, self-determination, systems change, individual budgeting and a variety of other areas. Before coming to the Association, Dr. Moseley was the Co-Director of the National Program Office on Self-Determination, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Prior to that position, he was the Director of Vermont's Division of Developmental Services where he led the initiative to close the state's institution, transition all services to individualized community-based alternatives and restructure service delivery to incorporate principles of self-directed services. He holds a doctorate in mental retardation policy from Syracuse University.

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Sarah Taub

Sarah Taub is a Senior Policy Specialist for the Human Services Research Institute, where she has worked since 1996. Ms. Taub is primarily responsible for managing the National Core Indicators (NCI), an effort to develop indicators and benchmarks of performance across state developmental disabilities service systems. Ms. Taub has worked on the NCI program since it began in 1997 and now oversees the participation of 30 states. Ms. Taub also works on various other projects related to quality management system development, resource allocation methods, and program evaluation.

Prior to joining HSRI, Ms. Taub provided direct support to adults with developmental disabilities. She holds a Master's degree in Management of Human Services from the Heller School at Brandeis University.


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Karen Luken, MSRA, LRT, CTRS
Karen Luken, MSRA, LRT, CTRS, is the project of the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH). NCODH works to promote the health and wellness of persons with disabilities in North Carolina through an integrated program of policy, training, practice and evaluation. The NCODH receives primary funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a collaborative endeavor between the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health and Human Services and the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Karen oversees the health promotion and evaluation components of NCODH initiatives in the areas of access to health care, healthy communities, women's health, and surveillance.

Prior to her work at NCOHD Ms. Luken was the Associate Director of the Center for Recreation and Disability Studies in the Dept of Recreation and Leisure Studies at UNC-CH, with responsibility for academic instruction, and grant administration.
Ms. Luken received her Masters in Recreation Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Her BS in Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, is from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She is a licensed recreational therapist.


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Questions from the Webinar

Q: My state does not currently participate in the National Core Indicators.  Who do I contact about getting my state involved?

A: You can contact Chas Moseley or Sarah Taub.  It is also recommended that you contact your state's Developmental Disabilities Council Director.


Q: Is there a cost associated with participating in the National Core Indicators?

A: Yes.  The data processing fee is about $12,500.  There is also a fee that depends on the amount of surveys that are completed.


Q: Are the new health items on the survey being implemented in all participating states?

A: Yes.  All states are using these new survey items.