Supported living has been described as an approach that contributes to higher lifestyle quality. We compared supported living and traditional residential support. Twenty supported living participants were matched with 20 participants receiving traditional support. Results indicated that participants receiving supported living services were more likely to be experiencing features of supported living and that supported living participants experienced significantly more community activity variety, did community activities more frequently, and did preferred community activities more frequently. Further, they engaged in activities with more people and did activities with these people more frequently. The costs were similar for providing supported living and traditional support.

This study was supported, in part, through an interagency agreement between the State of Oregon's Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division and the Specialized Training Program at the University of Oregon. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division.

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