Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Norman, Otter Tail & Wilkin counties.
Arc MN Public Policy Priorities with 2017 updates:
* Expand Self-Direction Through Consumer Directed Consumer Supports - Information Sheet - update - Bill passed to expand the exceptions process and creating a pathway for individuals residing in institutions to access CDCS more quickly
* Increase Employment Supports for People With Disabilities - Information Sheet - update - Bill passed for new services to provide additional support to those looking for competitive employment were approved, pending approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
* Lower Parental Fees Information Sheet -update - bill passed - Parental fees reduced 13%, effective July 1, 2017.
* update - Bill passed for Minnesota Supplemental Aid Housing Assistance expansion, so more people with disabilities can find housing that increases their independence
* update - Bill passed to raise 1%Medical Assistance spenddown, which will allow people to keep approximately $10 more of their own income each month.
* Across the board wage increases for direct support professionals were not included in the 2017 HHS bill.
Concerns on Block Grants or Per Capita Caps & Minnesota’s Medicaid Program from the Department of Human Services.
The Best Life Alliance is the campaign to raise rates for home and community based service provider. The Campaign continues to be a nonpartisan coalition working together to ask state legislators for a rate increase for disability and elderly home and community-based services. The 2014 Legislature adopted a full 5% rate increase in their final supplemental budget but the efforts in 2015,2016, and 2017 were not successful.
President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, making it easier for Americans with disabilities to save for their long-term care. The legislation, which has been described as, “the broadest legislation to help people with disabilities in nearly a quarter-century,” would allow families with children who have disabilities to open up 529-style tax-free savings accounts for them to build wealth and financial independence. More particulars to come, after each state defines their parameters. Minnesota has an ABLE plan, as of January 31st, 2017.
Regulations governing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation.The registrations outline limitations on use of Sub minimum Wage. Power point presentation to educate the public about WIOA.
Medical Assistance Reform 2016. Proposal to raise spend down Income limit & raise asset limit. Update 2016 - Did not pass.
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act to help prevent bullying in our schools passed April 9th, 2014.
Reform 2020. There is potential to reform the long-term services and supports system for persons with disabilities to be more self-directed and responsive to individual needs. Includes the waiting list, self direction, quality assurance, emerging populations (individuals with autism and ethnic minorities), and PCA services.The Arc Minnesota’s Vision for Services and Supports
Updated Department of Human Services (DHS) fact sheets that highlight programs serving persons with disabilities.
Minnesota Elected Officials
Talking with federal legislators is only as effective as one’s message. We want to be sure that you have all of the information and resources handy to help support your personal story of how cuts would hurt you, your family, and your community. To help you make your case, we encourage you to check out the fact sheets on these issues.
News stories from June 18th, 2011 Press Conference
Decisions at the State Capitol Affect ALL Minnesotans -
State Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Students With Disabilities
School districts must provide accommodations that children with disabilities need to take part in after-school and extracurricular activities, even if the activities aren't academically focused, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In the case in question, the parents of a fifth grader with autism and Tourette's Syndrome asked the district to provide services to allow their daughter to take part in volleyball and other after-school activities. The court said federal regulations "do not limit extracurricular and nonacademic activities included in an Individual Education Program (IEP) to extracurricular and nonacademic activities required to educate a disabled student." (Source: www.edweek.org)
Arc West Central Press Conference April 3rd, 2010
Arc West Central
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