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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CLPC in the News

Links between Unmet Needs & Adverse Outcomes

Our study highlights links between unmet needs for home and community-based services and adverse health and community-living outcomes.

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Henry Claypool

The Better Care Better Jobs Act

Henry Claypool, a national policy expert for CLPC, is cited in a widely republished story for his expertise on the BCBJ Act, which would provide much-needed investment so disabled people and the elderly may receive better care in their homes.

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A related new CLPC brief explains why people with disabilities and older adults need home and community-based services and how the BCBJ Act will help them get in-home care.

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Feature Story on the CLPC

The critical research work of the CLPC and its partners to advance community living policies is featured in the Heller Magazine's summer 2021 issue. The story underscores how the COVID-19 pandemic shows why disability communities must be a part of research and policy development. 

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Happening Now at the CLPC

Call for Papers on Community Living Policy

Call for Papers - Disability and Health Journal - Special Supplement on Community Living Policy - 2023Community Living Policy has reached a pivotal moment in American history. The number of individuals needing long-term services and support (LTSS) will more than double in the coming decades with the aging of the population. The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on individuals with LTSS needs and highlighted needs to accelerate shifts away from congregate and institutional settings.

To respond to the current gaps in research and policy, the Disability and Health Journal is calling for papers that address a wide range of pressing needs.

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Announcing the Establishment of the Community Living Equity Center

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy announces the establishment of the Community Living Equity CenterThe Community Living Policy Center is excited to announce the establishment of the Community Living Equity Center (CLEC). CLEC is housed at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and is the Lurie Institute's fourth federally funded research center.

CLEC will address gaps in our knowledge of inequities in community living and participation experiences and outcomes faced by disabled people of color.

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Participants Needed for Research Study of New HCBS Outcome Measures

If you'd like to participate or know someone who would, review the study description and eligibility criteria.

Self-Directing Services and Supports during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our collected resources on ;self-directing services and supports during the COVID-19 pandemic include a new article, a brief, and a short video summary.


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