UCP 2014 Ranking of State Special Needs Services Summary (Page 2)

While moving your family or your adult family member with a disability to a state with better resources and more comprehensive services may not be practical, the following tables highlight the UCP composite rankings of the states.

The Five Best States

  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • Hawaii
  • Georgia
  • New York

Largest 5-Year Ranking Increase

  • Ohio (48th to 9th)
  • Louisiana (44th to 12th)
  • Missouri (41st to 10th)
  • Georgia (30th to 4th)
  • Kentucky (40th to 18th)

The Five Worst States

  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

Largest 5-Year Ranking Decrease

  • Wyoming (17th to 41st)
  • Minnesota (7th to 31st)
  • Colorado (8th to 29th)
  • Alaska (2nd to 23rd)
  • Florida (18th to 38th)
There appears to be no common list of characteristics among the states that rank among the best or the worst; the populations, political leanings, and state tax rates all vary significantly. Although it may only be coincidental, with the exception of Michigan and Ohio, there are no top ranking states anywhere in center of the country or in the Southeast. Almost all of the top ranking states are located on the West Coast or in the North East.
This information is summarized from a research report published by United Cerebral Palsy. Their report is based primarily on 2011 data which was the most current credible data at the time the study was compiled. Their annual studies for all prior years dating back to their initial study in 2006 can be found on their website. For more information about UCP or their The Case For Inclusion study, please contact them at info@ucp.org or by phone at (800) 872-5827. For information about how you can modify your planning in light of the results in the UCP study, please contact Oak Wealth Advisors at (847) 945-8884 or info@oakwealth.com.