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Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies

All Projects


To conduct timely and meaningful research and evaluation to inform health and disability policy, with the goal of improving access and quality of care for all people, particularly for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Current Projects 

Evaluation of the Kansas Medicaid STEPS Program

Supports and Training for Employing People Successfully (STEPS) is a program through which people with disabilities and/or behavioral health conditions may seek a path to employment without jeopardizing their Social Security benefits or losing Medicaid coverage. IHDPS is conducting an evaluation of this program for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). For more information about STEPS go to: https://www.kancare.ks.gov/consumers/working-healthy/steps


Evaluating the Reliability, Validity, and Sensitivity of Person-Centered HCBS Outcome Measures 

IHDPS is collaborating with the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement to lead a field study of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Outcome Measures. In Kansas, IHDPS will recruit 125 adults with disabilities on HCBS waivers. To learn more about the study and how to participate, visit the HCBS study webpage

Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities

This project builds upon the success of the existing National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) and develops partnerships with other NIDILRR-funded projects to develop survey questions, analyze data using appropriate methods, and assure activities are conducted in a rigorous and timely fashion.Use of the well-established NSHD provides the opportunity for collecting longitudinal, pre- and post-pandemic, data.

Findings will be used to develop policy briefs, consumer resources, scholarly journal articles, and specific policy and practice recommendations to address identified pandemic-related issues that affect the health and function, employment, and/or community living of Americans with disabilities. Anticipated outcomes of project activities include increased knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 and improved policies and practices.

Visit the project webpage