Welcome to the Community Living Policy Center!

People with disabilities and older adults in the United States have the right to live in the community, but systemic barriers and inconsistent federal, state, and local policies can prevent them from exercising their rights. The Community Living Policy Center, or CLPC, at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, conducts research on the provision and quality of home- and community-based service programs for people with disabilities in the United States.

The Community Living Policy Center receives grant funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Collected Submissions for NDEAM 2021 Now Available

A graphic saying, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month - October 2021. Disability @ Work: We want to highlight the stories of workers with disabilities.” The words are written on a dark-blue background, and the word “highlight” is highlighted in yellow and uses in a handwritten font.

Read the selected blog submissions on this year's theme, "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion."

Thank you to all who participated.

CLPC in the News

New Brandeis Study Highlights Links between Unmet Needs for Home and Community-Based Services and Poor Health and Community Living Outcomes

Lurie researchers find that disabled people with unmet needs consistently fared worse in terms of health and community living outcomes.  


Henry ClaypoolHenry Claypool, a national policy expert for CLPC, is cited in a news story that has been widely republished for his expertise on the Better Care Better Jobs Act. The Act would provide much-needed investment so that disabled people and the elderly would be better able to receive care in their homes instead of having to move into a nursing facility.

See the new brief by the CLPC, which explains why people with disabilities and older adults need home- and community-based services and how the Better Care Better Jobs Act will help them get in-home care.

A report on the Commonwealth Fund's projects with the Long-Term Quality Alliance on data relating to long-term services and supports notes the work of the CLPC in several Commonwealth Fund projects, including a project on the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid enrollees receiving home- and community-based services.

The critical research work of the CLPC and its partners to advance community living policies is featured in the summer 2021 issue of the Heller Magazine

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show why disability communities must be a part of research and policy development. 

Important New Community-Living Toolkit Available

The Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) supported the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) in producing three versions of a brief on the issue of how disabled people themselves need to have control over their own services. The brief comes in three versions: easy read, plain language, and academic. 

Read “Who’s in Control?”: Control over community services for people with disabilities

What's Happening at the CLPC

Policy Brief: Care Can't Wait

This brief explains how unmet needs for home- and community-based services among those with disabilities and the elderly are associated with reduced health and community-living outcomes. 

Webinar: 6,000 Waiting and Discussion

On October 27, 2021, the Community Living Policy Center and the Lurie Institute presented the film 6,000 Waiting, followed by a 30-minute discussion with Naomi, Ben, and Nick, featured in the film. The film documents three Georgia residents with disabilities and their fight to access Now/Comp Waiver funding that would allow them to live life on their own terms. Watch the discussion here.

Conversation on the Use of Pain and Shock on People with Disabilities

On October 12, 2021 at noon ET, the Community Living Policy Center, the Lurie Institute, and the Brandeis Legal Studies Program presented a conversation with author Jan Nisbet on the use of pain at the Judge Rotenberg Center as treatment for children and adults with disabilities. Interview of the author of the first book on the JRC will be followed by a panel and audience discussion. Watch the video here.

Easy Read Brief: Housing Problems for Disabled People

This easy read brief describes problems that disabled people have in looking for and finding decent, affordable, and secure housing.