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It is commonly believed that large congregated residential facilities for people who have developmental disabilities are less expensive to operate than group homes or supported independing living.
Yet information from the United States shows that, even for people with high support needs, large congregated facilities are in fact more costly than small group homes or supported independent living. Furthermore, smaller settings have been shown to support a higher quality of life amoung residents.