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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Webinar: Olmstead 25th Anniversary Panel: The Progress and Promise of the Olmstead Decision

Olmstead 25th Anniversary Panel: The Progress and Promise of the Olmstead DecisionThe Community Living Policy Center held a timely and important panel event on Tuesday, June 18th on key milestones of Olmstead advocacy and future directions for community living policy. We were extremely fortunate to be joined by Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, Professor Jasmine E. Harris, law and inequality legal scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Teresa Nguyen, Director of the Community Living Equity Center, and Mike Oxford, community living advocate.

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Webinar: Looking at HCBS Equity at a State Level

Looking at HCBS Equity at a State LevelHome- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are essential for individuals with disabilities to live and participate in their homes and community. Little is known about how HCBS, impacts disabled people of color, and the Community Living Equity Center was thrilled to feature three states and organizations that are beginning to examine equity within their HCBS systems. Attendees heard from our CLEC stakeholders—New Disabled South, Colorado Department of Healthcare Financing and Policy, and the University of Minnesota—about how each of them got started on identifying HCBS inequities within their state, which data sources were used, and what themes have emerged from their work. The Community Living Policy Center was pleased to co-host this webinar.

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Needs and Priorities for Community Living Policy Research: Summary of Stakeholder Roundtables and Community Living Policy Survey

Needs and Priorities for Community Living Policy Research: Summary of Stakeholder Roundtables and Community Living Policy SurveyIn the Fall of 2022, the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) convened a series of roundtables with key stakeholders to gain their insights about needs, opportunities, and priorities for future Community Living Policy Research. Stakeholders included disability and aging advocates, state officials and associations representing states, providers and health plans, and individuals with disabilities, including individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and other backgrounds. In June of 2023, in conjunction with the CLPC’s State of the Science convening, we also distributed a Community Living Policy survey to further enhance community input.

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Disability Identity and Pride in Equity Research: Community Living Equity Center webinar

Disability Identity and Pride in Equity Research webinarThe Community Living Equity Center's first webinar, Disability Identity and Pride in Equity Research, centered the voices of members of CLEC's Community Advisory Committee. With a brief introduction of the CLEC mission and guiding principles, researchers discuss gaps in equity research and self-advocates shared their perspectives on disability, identity, and representation within research.

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Community Living Policy Center State of the Science 2023

State of the Science: Community Living Policy | Virtual discussions hosted by the Community Living Policy CenterThis virtual event consisted of 3 webinars that brought together researchers, advocates, and other disability community stakeholders to discuss current research, gaps in knowledge, needs of the community, and opportunities to advance community living policy. These discussions will help inform our work and the work of other researchers and research funders to help shape access to equitable and person-centered home and community-based services in the future.

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Let us know your views by taking the survey on community living policy.


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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