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Strategies for the Implementation of Model Practices in Group Homes: Lessons From an Administration for Community Living Grant Program

Group homes are private homes designed to provide housing, meals, housekeeping, personal care services, and supports to individuals with a disability. These settings offer individuals with developmental disabilities greater opportunities to achieve positive outcomes in life; however, there may be a lack of infrastructure in place to provide sufficient oversight to detect abuse or neglect. OIG collaborated with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights to publish a Joint Report that developed Model Practices that would improve the health and safety of individuals who live in group homes. Additionally, ACL provides the Living Well grant for enhancing the quality, effectiveness, and monitoring of home and community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities. We will evaluate grantees that have received a Living Well grant and that are implementing one or more of the suggested Model Practices developed in the Joint Report. Living Well grant recipients are not required to implement Model Practices suggested in the Joint Report; however, many of the grant goals align with the suggested Model Practices. We will describe the extent to which Model Practices have been implemented, the strategies used to implement Model Practices, and the impact that implementing Model Practices has had on reducing risk factors for incidents of abuse and neglect of beneficiaries.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
December 2020 Administration for Community Living Strategies for the Implementation of Model Practices in Group Homes: Lessons From an Administration for Community Living Grant Program Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-07-20-00690 2022