The Supports Intensity Scale Assessment Tool can be Used to Develop Robust Funding Methods for Developmental Disability Services, New Research Shows

August 4, 2008

New research on the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessment tool, designed to measure support needs of people with intellectual disabilities, reveals that SIS yields solid information about individuals with intellectual disabilities, and that the assessment information can be employed to build robust funding methods. The research, which is published in a White Paper titled "Resource Allocation and the Supports Intensity Scale: Four Papers and Approaches", highlights work done by the states of Washington, Louisiana, and the Netherlands boost the disability field's quest to tie in public funding and individual budgeting with assessment results. A PDF version of the White Paper is available for downloading and commenting at A PDF version of the Whtie Paper is available for download and comments. To read a news release on the White Paper, click here.

Over the past four years, the Supports Intensity Scale has arguably been the most used within U.S. states attempting to develop funding applications. To learn more about SIS, visit For questions, email

From AAIDD F.Y.I., August 2008, Vol.8, No.8.