How to Manage in an Economic Downturn

Nancy Thaler, Charles R. Moseley, EdD, Robin E. Cooper, MSSW, and Kara R. LeBeau, MA (2008) 

The recent economic downturn placed unprecedented pressure on NASDDDS member state agency directors to manage shrinking resources and implement cost-cutting measures in ways that have not been experienced in recent times. Although the nation as a whole has undergone three "official" economic recessions during the past 30 years, individual states and regions have had to respond to several periods of economic stagnation or decline that resulted in budget and service cutbacks. In each case, state developmental disabilities agency administrators have acted to minimize the impact of the financial shortfalls on the people with developmental disabilities and families receiving publicly financed supports.

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