Spring 2021 Research, Creative Work, and Publications

May 25, 2021

2020 Center for START Services Annual Report

CSS’s report highlights achievements which would not be possible without their network partners. CSS would like to thank everyone in the START Network for contributing to their shared mission of improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs and their families.
Center for START Services. (2021). Center for START Services 2020 Annual Report. University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. centerforstartservices.org

Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals

The latest issue is part of a special series called Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE): Lessons Learned to Support Transition Services and Programs.

Crane, K., Hartman, E. & Nye-Lengerman, K. (Guest Eds..) (2021, May). Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals,  44(2). Hammill Institute on Disabilities & SAGE. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cdeb/44/2

Changes in the Employment Status of People with and without Disabilities in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

Using data from the monthly Current Population Survey, EPM-RRTC’s new paper provides monthly employment and unemployment statistics for people with and without disabilities in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic to date (January 2021).
Houtenville, A., Paul, S., & Brucker, D. (2021, March 29). Changes in the employment status of people with and without disabilities in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(21)00300-2/fulltext

Disability RAPP Sheet: Spring 2021

This issue looks at how the pandemic has impacted people with disabilities through the lens of assistive technology, health care, and higher education. We explore how COVID-19 has both challenged the disability community and hopefully inspired lasting innovations.
Schuh, M., Patrick, S., Rodriguez-Legendre, I., Bhattarai, D., & Eberle, R. (Eds.(2021, March). Disability RAPP sheet (Spring 2021). Disability Rights Center-NH in collaboration with Institute on Disability, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. https://drcnh.org/rap-sheet/spring-2021-disability-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in IDD

The first edition of Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (referred to as the IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines herein), provides accessible best practice resources with a focus on integrated health and positive medicine for prescribers of persons with IDD and mental health needs. The IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines offer an overview of integrated health and psychopharmacological best practices in the treatment of patients with IDD and ASD.
Center for START Services. (2021). Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in IDD. University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. https://centerforstartservices.org/

IOD’s Annual Report and Report on Scholarly Activities and Engagement

The Institute on Disability produces an annual report and report on scholarly activities and engagement to document and summarize the year’s accomplishments and outcomes and highlight many of its innovative and interdisciplinary research, academic, service, and dissemination initiatives.
Gianino, M., Eberle, R., & Frechette, A. (2021). Institute on Disability / UCED at the University of New Hampshire's College of Health and Human Services FY 2020 Report on Scholarly Activity and Engagement July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability. https://iod.unh.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdfs/CV/iodcv_fy20_final.pdf
Gianino, M., & Eberle, R. (2021). Institute on Disability / UCED at the University of New Hampshire's College of Health and Human Services FY 2020 Annual Report July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability. https://iod.unh.edu/archived-annual-reports

Mental Health Support Needed for Transgender Adults with Disabilities

The latest issue of DPH’s Disability in Focus shows that in New Hampshire, 2 in 5 adults who are transgender have a disability. When adults were asked about stress, depression, and emotional problems in the last 30 days, adults with disabilities who were also transgender had the most mentally unhealthy days. You can read the full issue on DPH’s website.
Disability & Public Health (DPH). (2021, March). Mental Health Support Needed for Transgender Adults with Disabilities (Disability in Focus Series). University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability.  https://iod.unh.edu/projects/new-hampshire-disability-public-health-project/disability-focus-march-2021

NH Leadership Series Inclusive Oral Health Care Video

The new training video addresses challenges people with disabilities face when accessing oral health care and methods for supporting positive patient experience. Produced by the NH Leadership Series class of 2020 Sensitive Smiles oral health care action group, Sensitive Smiles, and funded by Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.
NH Leadership Series. (2021, March). Inclusive Oral Health Care [video]. University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. https://iod.unh.edu/projects/nh-leadership/inclusive-oral-health-care-improving-patient-experience

Occupational Injury and Illness in New Hampshire Data Report to Inform Programs and Policies

NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program’s latest report contains data and information on occupational injuries and illnesses in New Hampshire, which marks an important step on the path to a safer and healthier work environment for New Hampshire workers. 
Armenti, K., & Antal, P. (2021, March 1). Occupational Injury and Illness in New Hampshire Data Report to Inform Programs and Policies. University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. iod.unh.edu 

Psychotropic Use Among Youths with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The authors examined the prevalence of psychotropic medication prescribing among outpatient youths with IDD. Polypharmacy, antipsychotic use, and anticonvulsant use in the absence of seizure disorders were common among youth with IDD referred to the crisis service.

Polypharmacy, antipsychotic use, and anticonvulsant use in the absence of seizure disorders were common among youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities referred to the crisis service. Older age, number of psychiatric diagnoses, living in a group home, and psychiatric hospitalization correlate with these prescribing practices. These elevated prescribing rates in a very vulnerable population warrant further study.
McLaren, J. L., Lichtenstein, J. D., Metcalfe, J. D., Charlot, L. R., Drake, R. E., & Beasley, J. B. (2021). Psychotropic use among youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Psychiatric Serviceshttps://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201900465

Putting Policy Into Practice: Impact Of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) On Speech-Language Pathologists And Students With Disabilities

This article is intended to provide background information, and critical analysis regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as it relates to speech-language pathology practice and provision of services to students with disabilities within the schools.
McCabe, M. & Nye-Lengerman, K. (in press). Putting policy into practice: impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on speech-language pathologists and students with disabilities. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

There’s No Place Like Home

Everyone needs a place to call their own and should be able to choose where they live. In the latest installment of From Where I Sit, Kathy Bates explores the concept of livability  I and some of the problems people with disabilities face when trying to find housing.
Bates, K. (2021, April). There’s No Place Like Home. From Where I Situnhiod.tumblr.com

Health Disparities among Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Beneficiaries Who Participate in Federal Rental Housing Assistance Programs

Using newly available 2013-2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data linked with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administrative records on public and assisted housing programs, multivariate analyses find higher predicted probabilities of fair or poor health status, chronic condition diagnoses (hypertension, asthma, diabetes) obesity, and health care utilization among SSDI and SSI beneficiaries participating in HUD's non-elderly rental housing assistance program participants compared to other residents.
Brucker, D., & Helms Garrison, V. (2021, April 01). Health Disparities among Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Beneficiaries Who Participate in Federal Rental Housing Assistance Programs. Disability & Health Journalhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2021.101098