To create a chart with state-to-state comparisons of selected data, click the "Begin Creating a Chart" button below, then follow the instructions. You will be able to change your options after you've created the initial chart.


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To create a chart comparing data within a single state or region, click either the data you are interested in comparing, or a state or region. Clicking any control will draw a chart in the lower-right part of the page. The chart will be redrawn with new data whenever you click another control.


This study, funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (Award H133G120010), presents trends in federal, state, and local government spending for services and income maintenance for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), mental health needs (MH), and physical and sensory disabilities.

Spending by federal, state, and local units of government constitutes a large proportion of the resources available to assist people with disabilities in the United States. These public funds pay for health care, income maintenance, special education, vocational rehabilitation and training, and long-term services and supports including housing and related residential support services. Funds are allocated directly to individuals and their families, as well as to schools, health care organizations, and tens of thousands of nonprofit and proprietary disability services organizations.

The findings of this study illustrate the increasing size and growth rate of disability spending as well as a strong, continuing shift away from the use of institutional and nursing facility care toward more individualized community residential and personal support services.

For a more extensive discussion of disability spending trends and revenue data, see David Braddock's paper for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (PDF).

In the menu on the right, you can create 21 interactive charts that compare states and regions for fiscal year 2013, on the "create a chart" button below. cross disability create-a-chart

You can also view multi-page State graphic profiles here at cross disability state profiles.

There are five charts, addressing annual adjusted cost of care spending during fiscal years 1997-2013 in each state for health care, income maintenance, special education, long-term care, and total disability spending.

The charts rank the states by the average annual percentage change in inflation-adjusted cost of care.

There is also a second type of chart: Annual adjusted percentage change in cost of care by disability group for total disability spending during 1997-2013.

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Click the button below to get started.

Creating Charts for Fiscal Year 2013

You can create two types of charts:

A) to compare one or multiple states or regions; or B) to compare by disability group (I/DD, mental health, physical disability) within one state or region.

For a chart of multiple states or regions:

1. First select the type of data to compare,

2. Then choose whether to sort alphabetically, from low to high, or from high to low.

3. Complete the selection by choosing all states and all regions or other selected groups of states/regions.

For the second type of chart comparing within a state/region, first select the type of data to display. Then select a single state or region. The resulting chart will compare I/DD, mental health, and physical disability for the selected type of data and selected state/region.

Right click on the chart to print.

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