Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- What if your landlord decided if you could go out...and when, where and with whom?
- What if someone made it their business to decide that you could not have anyone spend the night, and even though you were 43 years old?
- What if you could only have alcohol on special occasions, and only if you were "good"?
- What if there were no guarantee you and your spouse, let alone a friend, could live together?
- What if your entire living space was 10 by 12 feet and you had to share it with a roommate your landlord picked for you?
- What if they sedated you because you were "uncooperative"?
- And that said it was all "for your own good"?
What if you could have a REAL CHOICE?
That's what the Community Choice Act (CCA) would do. ADAPT is fighting to give people the opportunity to decide where they live and receive long term services and supports. People cold choose to stay in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or institutions.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
ALBANY – The not-for-profit Center for Disability Services is eliminating ten jobs, forcing remaining service coordinators to double their caseload from 25 to as many as 50, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Each consumer will only receive about three yearly visits instead of 12, she said.
“We remain committed to providing the best program possible,” Anne Scheider Costigan said in a statement. “We are doing everything possible to make this a smooth transition."
The Center will attempt to find another position for the affected employees, as it did in 2009 when 50 jobs were eliminated by the termination of daycare and pre-school programs.
Scheinder Costigan blamed the layoffs on a reduction in Medicaid Service Coordination funding mandated by Gov. David Paterson at the height of New York’s fiscal crisis.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Update on Minnesota’s ability to pursue federal healthcare reform grants
September 10, 2010
Many of you are already aware that last Tuesday, Aug. 31, Governor Pawlenty announced an executive order requiring all state agencies to send any federal grant requests related to federal healthcare reform through his office, noting that he would likely not allow these grant requests to move forward unless they are required by law. The federal healthcare reform legislating that was passed this past year contains a variety of opportunities for states to apply for specific healthcare reform grants from the federal government. At this point it is unclear exactly how much this action will cost the state of Minnesota, but some estimates place this number as high as tens of millions of dollars in lost potential grant money. You can view a Star Tribune story on the decision here.
Minnesota’s disability community will feel the impact of this decision. First of all, federal monies that would have come to MN in the form of specific healthcare reform grants would have lessened the strain on Minnesota’s overall Medicaid budget. Secondly, a number of the state grant opportunities outlined in federal healthcare reform legislation were designed to support states in their work to serve individuals with disabilities in their homes and communities, rather than in institutions. The inability of Minnesota to move forward with applying for these grants will negatively impact our state’s progress in this area.
As a specific example, federal healthcare reform legislation included a $200,000 planning grant for a Money Follows the Person program that would have supported states in helping individuals with disabilities to move out of nursing homes and into the community by providing an increased federal Medicaid match for the individual’s first year in community services. A Minnesota state agency’s plan to move forward with applying for this grant was stopped as a result of this executive order.
MN-CCD leaders will continue to meet with state officials and other stakeholders to discuss this issue, so stay tuned for updates.