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Even in the context of these improvements, by the end of the decade, the idea of community living remained controversial. So much so that the Center on Human Policy felt compelled to reissue The Community Imperative.

Today, 21 years after The Community Imperative was written, deinstitutionalization and inclusion remain controversial in some states and localities.

Current debates and controversies surrounding community living obscure fundamental disagreements over values and beliefs between those who support and those who oppose inclusion.

The Center on Human Policy believes that it is necessary to focus attention on the principles underlying community inclusion.