Woods is committed to the discovery of new ideas and advancements in order to improve outcomes for individuals and to advance treatments across the health and human services industry.
We do this by collecting and analyzing data and reviewing evidenced-informed programs and services in order to develop innovative approaches that help people live healthy and fulfilling lives.
The Woods National Research and Evaluation Institute, led by Dr. Scott Spreat, who serves as its President, has been developed to promote and conduct policy related research. Work is done both independently and collaboratively with other research organizations. Examples of recent projects include a study of wages and compensation for Direct Support Staff and a 15 year study of vocational engagement among persons with intellectual disability who live in community group homes.
In addition to conducting research, the mission of the Institute is to help inform decision-makers who have an impact on policy and legislation that affect the people served by Woods. To that end, the Institute has published 10 papers in 2017, delivered two conference presentations, and has twice given testimony before legislative committees. Such activities promise to improve outcomes for individuals and to advance treatments across the health and human services industry.
Contact: Dr. Scott Spreat- firstname.lastname@example.org
Torres, S. Spreat, & M. Clark (2017). Direct Support Professional Compensation Practices: Implications on Service Quality; Tax Dollars; and Quality of Life. Social Innovations, 32, not paginated. – September 2017 – also presented at PAR Solutions Conference.
The article presents the results of a 2016 state-wide survey of salaries paid to Direct Support Professionals (called Residential Counselors at Woods). Salaries average about $11.50 per hour across the state, a figure low enough to qualify most Direct Support Professionals for a variety of public welfare benefits. Analysis of various public welfare benefits suggested that increasing the salary for Direct Support Professionals to $15 per hour would save society money through reduced turnover, reduced overtime, reduced training time, and reduced reliance on public benefits.
Brain injury research study focuses on work conducted at Beechwood NeuroRehab
A research study titled “The Under-Identification of Brain Injuries and the Relationship with Juvenile (and Eventually Adult) Criminal Justice” was recently published in the Brain Injury Professional.
The study was co-authored by Beechwood NeuroRehab Executive Director Dr. Drew Nagele and the outcome is the result of work being done at Beechwood, as well as policy work being done by the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury (NCCBI). You can read the full article here.