Although Centers for Independent Living (CILs) have substantially grown in number, residents in 40% of the nation's counties--mostly rural--lack access to independent living services. To achieve access for all, the authors estimated that another $71.5 million is needed.
The estimate was determined with these facts:
There are 336 CILs with more than 253 satellite locations.
These centers and satellites annually provide direct services to 212,000 individuals living in 1,896 (60%) of the nation's counties.
CIL services reach people in 5.7 counties. Therefore, the U.S. needs at least 218 more CILs to reach counties not currently served.
The median budget of a CIL was $328,000. (The typical budget was $200,000 with the lowest budget coming in at $55,000. These budget reflected all funds, not only federal funds.)
In some areas, it may be more effective to have satellite programs rather than new CILs. Whatever model is used, CILs need to have a stable financial base.
For more information, contact the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation Services, The University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812-7056, (888) 268-2743.
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This research was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education. #47
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation Services. (1999). Estimating the cost of achieving universal access to centers for independent living. Missoula, MT: Author.
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