George Gotto, UMKC Institute for Human Development, described the Partnership for Hope evaluation project.

George Gotto, UMKC Institute for Human Development, described the Partnership for Hope evaluation project.

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) recently held its annual Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference.

in Kansas City, MO. Staff from the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) represented their work to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

George Gotto, Ph.D., Director of Community Services Team at IHD, teamed with Valerie Huhn, the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, to highlight the development of the Partnership for Hope (PfH) Medicaid waiver in Missouri and information from the PfH evaluation project, which is a partnership between the UMKC IHD and DDD.

Huhn reflected on the importance of Governor Nixon’s PfH 1915(c) waiver program and explained from the state‚Äôs perspective, what kind of information the state hoped to gain from the evaluation project.

Gotto discussed recent research results from the 2010 implementation of the Missouri PfH 1915(c) waiver, which provides a capped benefit to individuals who live primarily with their families. Gotto shared research results on how the waiver has helped families that are not able to meet all the needs of their loved ones and are providing significant support to their family members.

About the Partnership for Hope Evaluation Project

In 2012, the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities entered into a contract with the UMKC Institute for Human Development to evaluate the Partnership for Hope waiver with the goal of assessing the impact of the waiver at the state, county, family, and individual levels. Conducting an evaluation offers a unique opportunity to study both economic and program impacts created through this innovative partnership. To learn more about the evaluation project, contact George Gotto at gottog@umkc.edu