• 2016 Staff Stability Survey Report

    Jan 18th, 2018

    NCI is proud to release the 2016 NCI Staff Stability Survey Report

    Within the report you will find information on tenure, turnover, vacancy rates, wages and benefits offered for Direct Support Professionals employed by provider agencies within state I/DD service systems.  20 States plus the District of Columbia participated in the 2016 NCI Staff Stability Survey.

    For example, of the DSPs that left (separated from) employment between January 1 and December 31 2016, 38.2% had been employed for less than 6 months before leaving. 

    The average turnover rate for DSPs in 2016 ranged by state from 24.1% to 69.1%. The NCI average was 45.5%. 

    Across all service types and settings, DSPs received a median hourly wage of $11.41/hour.

    A big thank you to the states participating in this important data collection.  And if your state is interested in participating for 2017,  It is not too late to join in the 2017 data gathering. Please let me know at



  • Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability 2015 - 2016

    Jan 10th, 2018

    NCI's newest team member, Henan Li, PhD., used NCI data in a policy brief entitled Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability: 2015 - 2016

    The Policy Brief uses 2015-16 NCI Adult Consumer Survey data to look at health and healthcare disparities faced by adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Li's research found:

    • Adults with ASD and ID reported poorer general health than the general adult population of the United States.
    • About 29% of adults with ASD and ID reported at least one chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol.  
    • More than half of the respondents reported at least one diagnosis of mental illness/psychiatric condition (anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia etc.). Among those, three out of five took medication to treat those conditions. 
    • Most respondents had access to primary care doctors, annual health exams, dental care, and vision care. However, access to different types of preventive health screenings were uneven.


  • NCI at 20

    Nov 10th, 2017

    The 'NCI at 20" video was premiered at the NASDDDS meeting to resounding acclaim. 

    Take a look at it here: