Consumer and surrogate preferences for a cash option versus traditional services: Florida adults with developmental disabilities.

As long-term service expenditures have risen, policymakers have sought ways to control costs while maintaining consumer satisfaction. Concurrently, there is increasing interest in the disability community in consumer direction. The Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE) seeks to increase consumer direction and control costs by offering a cash allowance and information services to persons with disabilities, enabling them to purchase needed assistance. Because the disability community is composed of diverse subgroups, needs of these consumer communities must be assessed individually. Results from a telephone survey conducted to assess the interest in a cash option for Florida adults with developmental disabilities is presented, the three-state CCDE described, how survey findings can inform consumer information efforts discussed, and policy issues highlighted.