Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on HCBS Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM)


Evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of receiving services and supports. Past measures tended to focus on money spent on services for persons with disabilities, staffing ratios, and the movement of people from institutions to the community. But increasingly, federal and state policymakers speak of the importance of demonstrating the effectiveness ("outcomes") of public investments in services for persons with disabilities and these officials want information about outcomes that are measured in a consistent and accurate manner nationwide.

The purpose of the center is to:

  1. Identify current gaps in measuring Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), physical disabilities (PD), mental health, and aging needs
  2. Develop and refine measures to cover the existing gaps
  3. Evaluate those measure for their usability, feasibility, and psychometric properties.
Brian H Abery
Brian H Abery, Renata Ticha
Beth Pfeifer, Laura Slugg, Amber Davidson, Gretchen Snethen, Mark Salzer, John Corrigan, Joe Caldwell, Steve Kaye
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Community Living Policy Center, University of California, San Francisco
Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University
Research and Training Center on Community Living
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities [Philadelphia, PA]



Brian H Abery :: Research Manager 3

Gretchen B Gallagher Weinstein :: Principal Office and Administrative Specialist

Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration


James Houseworth :: Research Associate


Alec Nyce :: Graduate Research Assistant


Sandra L Pettingell :: Research Associate


Jean-Baptiste Quillien :: Post-Doctoral Associate

Matthew A Roberts :: Research Coordinator

John G Smith :: Coordinator

Renata Ticha :: Research Associate


Adele F Dimian :: Post-Doctoral Associate


Lynda L Lahti Anderson :: Researcher VI


Kristin Dean :: Information Technology Manager

Shawn C Lawler :: Web UI Developer


Jonathon P Walz :: Developer 3


Seunghee Lee :: Post-Doctoral Associate


Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM) Website

A website presenting the Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Outcome Measurement, which evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of...

Published: 2017

HCBS Outcome Framework Results

A webinar for policymakers and family members on the results of the process used to validate the National Quality Forum HCBS Outcome Framework.

Published: 2017

RTC-OM HCBS Outcome Measurement Briefs: Development of HCBS Outcome Measures (#3)

This brief provides an overview of the importance of following a rigorous testing strategy when developing new HCBS outcome measures. It also describes the multi-stage development and testing…

Published: 10/20/2020

RTC-OM HCBS Outcome Measurement Briefs: Involving Stakeholders to Address Challenges in HCBS Measure Development: Toward Person-Centered Measurement (#1)

This brief discusses the important role stakeholders play in the development of HCBS outcome measures. It details the process the RTC-OM used to include stakeholders (e.g.,  recipients of HCBS,…

Published: 10/19/2020

RTC-OM HCBS Outcome Measurement Briefs: HCBS Outcome Measurement Tools and Current State Approaches to Measurement (#2)

This brief delineates the importance of carefully using information regarding HCBS outcome measures when choosing a measure for use and provides the rationale and development history of the…

Published: 10/20/2020


  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
      • Medicaid services (residential)
      • Specific life stage
        • Adults


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