Twelve staff members from three community centers providing services to people with mental retardation were interviewed about the implementation of a new approach to service delivery that utilized Essential Lifestyle Planning. Findings indicate that although the innovation proposed and the technical assistance provided were quite similar, the outcomes varied greatly across the three sites. By highlighting the importance of organizational factors, such as timing and agency supports, these findings provide direction for future training and technical assistance activities of those who promote change in service-delivery philosophy and methods.

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