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2018-12-28

Why Texas Families are Struggling to Find Care for Adults with Disabilities

“We know long-term care providers in Texas have indicated they are facing difficulties recruiting and retaining the qualified community attendants needed to provide care. We are working to better capture data on attendant turnover and retention, which can be used to help determine effective strategies for improvement,” a statement from the agency said.

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National
2018-12-13

Advocacy Groups Sue State of Florida for Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration asserts that the state’s management of its Medicaid long-term care system violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. By perpetuating the institutionalization and segregation of older adults and people with disabilities and severely limiting their access to community-based services, the state forces people to unnecessarily enter nursing facilities to get care. Justice in Aging, a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty, and Southern Legal Counsel, a Gainesville, Florida-based, statewide nonprofit law firm, filed the suit on behalf of their clients, who are on the state’s waiting list for home-based long-term-care services and are currently at risk of unnecessary and unwanted institutionalization. Disability Rights Florida, private attorney Nancy Wright, and lawyers from the firm of Cozen O’Connor are co-counsel.

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Florida
2018-07-16

Louisiana now serves 10,000 developmentally disabled people: 'Let's get rid of the wait list'

Secretary of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee announced the state had finally done away with the waiting list and ensured that every eligible person who was in line asking for help from the state had received some form of assistance. "At one point we had 16,000 families on our wait list," Gee said. "We wanted to come up with something that was better than that. So we said, 'Let's fundamentally transform how we have families access disability services. Let's get rid of the wait list."

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National
2018-03-19

Florida's 2018 Legislative Session is over as of 3/11/2018!

This was a tough legislative session for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities but there were some bright spots. A last minute reduction of roughly $187 million in state revenue and a $400 million price tag for gun and school safety resulting from the Parkland High tragedy, made finishing the budget more difficult than most years.

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2018-01-23

Florida House Budget Plan

The proposed budget unveiled on Tuesday also includes $22 million to help pay for an Agency for Persons with Disabilities “home and community-based services waiver” program, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy or other disabilities. Brodeur said the money will provide care for upward of 900 people on a waiting list. Brodeur included $41 million in the budget proposal to increase rates and ensure that the caregivers who work with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities clients are paid at least minimum wage.

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Florida
2018-01-07

Florida Agency for disabled seeks millions to avoid deficit

One of Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities after taking office in 2011 was to resolve a longstanding deficit in the Medicaid “waiver” program that serves people with developmental disabilities. Now, nearly seven years later, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities will be in the red if the Legislature doesn’t agree to spend at least an additional $89 million for a program meant to keep people with disabilities out of institutions.

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