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HB 1488, Rehabilitation and Community Based Services

HB 1488 ('Rehabilitation and community based services') had a committee hearing in the Senate. The vote was: amend do pass, adopted.

Rehabilitation and community based services. Requires the division of disability and rehabilitative services (division) to develop a plan to establish a statewide crisis assistance system program for individuals with developmental disabilities and sets forth requirements of the program. Adds four legislative members to the task force for assessment of services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (task force). Provides that the task force shall meet twice a year to receive a report from the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) on the implementation of the comprehensive plan of implementation of community basedservices provided to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (implementation plan). Provides that: (1) at the first annual meeting, the office shall rep…

Money Follows the Person Extension Passed!

Money Follows the Person Extension Passed!  #FundMFP! This week, thanks to the hard work of advocates like you, Congress passed  H.R 1839, the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019. This bill extends the expired HCBS spousal impoverishment protections to Sept. 31, 2019 and provides an additional $20 million to the $120 million in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, for use by Sept. 31, 2019. 

Call your Members of Congress to thank them for passing H.R. 1839 and ask them to co-sponsor and support the EMPOWER Care Act KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM AND URGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO COSPONSOR AND VOTE YES ON THEEMPOWER CARE ACTTO SUPPORT COMMUNITY LIVING AND FUND MFP!

More information about the EMPOWER Care Act here.  Learn more about MFP here.  While we are pleased at the additional MFP funding, we'll continue to work for multi-year funding in the EMPOWER Care Act.

Call your Members of Congress: Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 (voice)or (202) 224-3…

HCBS non-residential site assessment remediation plan responses webinar for families and stakeholders

On April 26, 2019, a webinar session will be held for families and other stakeholders to review the Home and Community-Based Services non-residential provider specific remediation plan progress as outlined in the HCBS Statewide Transition Plan. The HCBS Final Rule ensures that settings where services are provided are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. All settings where services are delivered must be in HCBS compliance by March 17, 2022. The agenda will include an overview of the site assessment review process and technical assistance provided for the non-residential provider sites remediation plans. If unable to attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and posted on the HCBS Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan webpage for viewing at a later date. Additional information on the Final Rule can also be located there. HCBS non-residential services remediation plan webinar for families and stakeholders To participate in the webinar on Friday April 26, at 1…

Disability Policy News In Brief: April 1, 2019

from AUCD:
Budget
The President's FY 2020 Budget Request cuts or eliminates critical funding for multiple programs that impact people with disabilities, including LENDs, UCEDDs and PNS. The budget process for Fiscal Year 2020, which starts on October 1, 2019, is now in the hands of the House and Senate. Hearing directly from constituents about why and how program funding impacts their district is the most important way to impact appropriations or how much money programs receive.    Projects of National Significance:  $1 million, a cut of $11M. University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities:  $33 million, a cut of $8M. Autism and Other Developmental Disorders (which includes LENDs) is zeroed out, a cut of $52M.
Action Step: Educate the Congressional Delegation of your state or territory about requested appropriations to support the programs you care about. Simply email sharing AUCD’s language and ask.LENDUCEDDPNS
Autism CARES 2019 
The Autism CARES Act - which has expande…