Findings from a national survey of state mental retardation/developmental disability agencies regarding use of the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver to fund supported employment were reported. Numbers of individuals and funding levels were requested for day habilitation services for FYs 1997 and 1999, before and after the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105–33), which removed eligibility restrictions for this service. Findings show that growth rates for this service far exceeded growth rates for other day services, with high growth rates in a small number of states. However, supported employment accounted for less than 16% of those receiving day habilitation services through the Waiver and only 12% of day habilitation funding, with the remainder going to day support, prevocational services, and other segregated options.
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