Individuals with Disabilities
Risk Assessment and Mitigation (Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities)
Mission Analytics serves as the risk management contractor for the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS). In this capacity, Mission Analytics works directly with the Department and the 21 regional centers that provide case management services to DDS clients. Mission Analytics also works indirectly with direct service providers and, through its dissemination activities, with DDS clients and their families. Activities under this project include analyzing data, distributing findings, and providing technical assistance to help regional centers identify and limit risks to their clients. Mission Analytics also helps regional centers improve data collection, and maintains the DDS SafetyNet website as a vehicle for delivering information to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and support staff. Visit the DDS SafetyNet.
DDS Vendor Rate Study
Mission Analytics serves as a subcontractor to Burns & Associates for the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), to complete a rate study and to develop recommendations for the establishment and execution of a simplified rate setting methodology for the provision of services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. This study, and resultant recommendations, should review all services which include, but are not limited to: residential, supported living, personal supports, personal care, individual and family support services, day programs, supported employment, and supplemental services.
California State Independent Living Council (SILC) Development of 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
For the California State Independent Living Council (SILC), Mission Analytics managed the developed of the triennial, federally mandated State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Mission Analytics organized and facilitated meetings of the executive planning team, created and delivered presentations to various stakeholders, and solicited feedback from the independent living community. The SPIL set funding priorities for the funding the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) received under Title 7B of the Rehabilitation Act. Along with each priority, Mission Analytics worked with SILC to develop measurable goals and objectives for its 2014-2016 SPIL.
California State Independent Living Council (SILC) Needs Assessment
For the California State Independent Living Council (SILC), Mission Analytics conducted a federally mandated needs assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to identify the needs of individuals with disabilities who have been underserved or underrepresented within the Independent Living Network. The needs assessment focused on three main areas of underserved populations: 1) by region, 2) by type of disability, and 3) by race/ethnicity. This needs assessment was a stand-alone product, but also provided a foundation for the 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).
Strategic Planning for the Expansion of California's Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Network
Mission Analytics worked with the California State Independent Living Council (SILC), in partnership with the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), to develop a strategic plan for statewide expansion of California’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). The final strategic plan had four components: criteria for designating new ADRCs; standards for determining how entities should partner to form an ADRC; a plan for publicizing the services provided by ADRCs (such as options counseling and remote assessment); and an estimation of how much the Medicaid program might save when individuals are diverted away from facilities and institutional care. The strategic plan included input from an Advisory Committee that met bi-monthly and from groups of stakeholders convened in different parts of the state.
Training Materials for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) on Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
Mission Analytics is working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Program Support Center (PSC), to develop materials to train the current eight Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) grant recipients (funded under the Part A: Enhanced Options Counseling Program) to better meet the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities who experience serious mental illnesses and/or are at risk for suicide.
Validation of ODDS Functional Needs Assessment Tool
Mission Analytics serves as a contractor for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS). ODDS is required to conduct a functional needs assessment for each individual receiving Medicaid funded supports through an ODDS program. Mission Analytics will improve, validate, and determine normal distribution in the combined assessment tool to meet the functional needs assessment requirement from the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Oregon's legislative requirement for a single normed and validated assessment tool for all service elements in ODDS.
Feeling Safe, Being Safe Webcast Survey and Outreach
Mission Analytics helped the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to improve the functionality and usage of the Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) webcast. Mission Analytics evaluated the accessibility of the webcast by consumers and their support community and provided recommendations to improve the usability of the webcast. Mission Analytics developed an online survey using Survey Monkey, to target specific consumer groups, advocacy groups, provider groups, emergency response agencies, family members, and other stakeholder groups in California. Mission Analytics also conducted research to determine a list of stakeholders, providers, and community entities that may provide individualized training to consumers on developing their personalized emergency preparedness plans, and distribute information packets about FSBS to increase stakeholder awareness of the FSBS webcast and materials. The outreach included entities in each of the 21 regional centers. In addition, Mission Analytics included outreach into California’s rural areas and diverse cultural populations served by the regional centers. And finally, Mission Analytics developed a report from the results of the survey that, along with research, provided information to DDS on ways to improve the functionality, awareness, and usage of the FSBS webcast training tool and materials. Visit the FSBS website.
Building Partnerships, Supporting Choices
The California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification, Provider Certification Unit terminated the ICD/IID Provider Agreement for Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) with an effective date of October 23, 2014. After reconsideration, this date was revised to July 1, 2016 and can be further extended to July 1, 2017 under a second reconsideration. A Settlement Agreement between several California agencies, including DDS, and SDC made H&W Independent Solutions, Inc. the Independent Monitor over the certification termination, including assessment of all phases of transferring SDC clients to community-based homes or other appropriate alternate settings. For the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Mission Analytics provides data management and analysis for the Independent Monitor, including tracking outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who previously resided at SDC, developing an electronic dashboard to display relevant data, and developing capability to provide monthly reports from existing California databases.