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Quality of the Residential Environment in Board-and-Care Homes for Mentally and Developmentally Disabled Persons
Jeffrey Wilson; Anthony Kouzi
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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Preparation of this report was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral training program in clinical services research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (T32-MH-17184).

University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Data from a multistate survey of board-and-care homes were used to compare the quality of the residential environment in homes for mentally disabled and develop-mentally disabled persons. Staffing levels, services, quality of the physical structure, rapport between residents and staff number of residents, staff training, and fire and safety precautions were analyzed. The global quality of the residential environment was found to be appreciably better in homes serving the developmentally disabled. Implications of the findings for public policy are discussed, with specific reference to advocacy strategies used in behalf of developmentally and mentally disabled persons.

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