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2021-01-30

Florida COVID vaccine plan mostly bypasses developmentally disabled population

Little information is available about the state's plan for vaccinating the hundreds of thousands of Florida residents with developmental disabilities.

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National
2019-01-24

Bill Would Prohibit Waiting Lists for Community-Based Services

Community-based services are often much harder to obtain than access to institutional care, but there is a new push underway to change that. A bill introduced in Congress this month would ensure that people with disabilities who are eligible for institutional care would have the right to access those same services in their own homes, if they choose. The legislation known as the Disability Integration Act would prohibit states and insurers that cover long-term services and supports from imposing any policies, cost caps, waiting lists or other limitations to community-based offerings that are different from those in place for institutional care.

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National
2019-01-03

Advocates Seek Funding to Help Virginians with Disabilities

Dozens of disability-rights activists urged members of the Virginia General Assembly Thursday to approve funding to reduce the nearly 13,000-strong waitlist for developmental disability waivers.

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National
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
2018-07-16

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
2017-04-23

(Concord Monitor) My Turn: House Republicans would send developmental disability wait list into stratosphere

In 1991, New Hampshire was the first state to close its institution for individuals with developmental disabilities. All Granite Staters have a right to be proud of the closure of Laconia State School, which acknowledged the right of our residents with developmental disabilities to live meaningful lives in the community. Since 1991, however, we have not always lived up to our obligation to provide the community services that Medicaid authorizes and for which the federal government will pay half. The sad result is that a number of vulnerable individuals have been forced to wait for services when they turn 21.

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National
2017-02-02

(Disability Scoop) With talk of Medicaid changes, waiver services may be at risk

The Trump administration is planning to fundamentally alter Medicaid, a move that could mean big changes to everything from health care to home and community-based services waivers for people with developmental disabilities. President Donald Trump and his top advisors have indicated that they support moving to a block grant system for Medicaid. Though details are scant, such a shift may mean significantly less funding for Medicaid and greater control at the state level...

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National
2017-01-23

(New Hampshire Public Radio) Waiting for service: adults with developmental disabilities still struggle to find care

Adults with developmental disabilities are provided government assistance, including services they used to get from the school system as children. But for years, there's been a waiting list for that help, despite political promises and attempts at reform. We ask why the state keeps falling short for these adults and their families.

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National
2016-08-30

(Disability Scoop) Waiting list placements may violate ADA

Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with developmental disabilities is at risk for institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In a statement of interest filed this month, the Justice Department said that if individuals with developmental disabilities are not receiving services in the community, they may have a claim that their rights have been violated.

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