National Core Indicators (NCI) - Michigan


National Core Indicators (NCI) is a voluntary collaboration of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to measure and track state's performance through multiple surveys with persons with disabilities, family members and direct support professionals. The National Core Indicators are standard measures used to assess the outcome of services provided to individuals and families. The key indicators address employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety. 

Michigan has participated in the NCI project since 2011 and is one of 46 states including Washington, DC that do so. NCI provides a standardized way to measure and track indicators for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are served through the public mental health system.  The purpose of the program is to gather a standard set of performance and outcome measures that can be used to track the states' performance over time, to compare results across states, and to establish national benchmarks for services.

MI-DDI provides the on-the-ground support for NCI by collaborating with local community mental health providers to get pre-survey and background information, recruiting and training interviewers for data collection, and inputting the survey responses into the national database.


  • Family: Family members and non-family guardians
  • Individual: Person with a disability and/or proxy respondent on individual's behalf such as a family member, advocate, or staff but not case manager


NCI Interviewers


Ann Carrellas 
Phone: (313) 577-8562