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Section 4: Access, utilization, and cost of services

4.8. What percentage of Independent Living Centers serves people with a primary disability of mental illness?

Most Independent Living Centers (ILCs) provide some level of service to people who identify mental illness as their primary disability. In 1992, 86.1% of independent living centers reported serving people with a primary disability of mental illness, and this estimate increased to 94.8% in a 1995 follow-up survey.

During the same time period, ILCs reported an increase in the extent to which their centers had high involvement in mental health issues, from 28.8% of centers in 1992 to 41.7% of centers in 1995. High involvement ILCs met one or more of the following criteria: (1) the ILC reported that 20% or more consumers had a primary disability of mental illness; (2) the ILC served 100 or more consumers with a primary disability of mental ilness; (3) the ILC directly provided mental health services; and/or (4) the ILC named mental health issues as one of its top three program priorities.

Most Independent Living Centers provide services to people with mental illness as primary disability.

Figure 28 (see data table for text-only version)

Figure 28: Percentage of Independent Living Centers providing services to people with a primary disability of mental illness, 1992 and 1995

Source: Benjamin, Stoddard, Jans, & Douglass (1997); Jans, Benjamin, Douglass, & Stoddard (1995)

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