Act for disabled women
Act for disabled women, et al, for healthcare, et al :)
ADAPT Actions: Action alert link; etc..
Action alert link :)
Here is the link to our action Hoyer alert.
NATIONAL ADAPT MAILING LIST - Adapt Community Choice Act List http://www.adapt.org
We are sending a clear message to Congressman Hoyer; keep up the good work! :)
So far, we have sent 182 faxes and 72 emails to the House Majority Leader's office. We will send out an email about the JFAAN event later, but it's clear that the House Majority Leader knows the disability community wants to end the institutional bias by passing CCA.
If you haven't sent an email or fax, please do.
We should also try to get as many local folks to contact the office as well. Congressman Hoyer represents Maryland's 5th Congressional district. The 5th Congressional district of Maryland includes a large portion of Prince George's County, the three counties of southern Maryland - Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's - and a portion of Anne Arundel County. Major cities in the 5th District's portion of Prince George's County include College Park, Hyattsville, Greenbelt, Clinton, Beltsville, Bowie, Laurel and parts of Fort Washington and Upper Marlboro. The Fifth Congressional District also includes the Anne Arundel County areas of Crofton and Davidsonville, just west of Annapolis. The southern part of the 5th District stretches from Waldorf (Charles County) south to Lexington Park (St. Mary's County) and across the Patuxent River to Prince Frederick (Calvert County).
FREE OUR PEOPLE!
The ADAPT Community
National Coalition Announces Support for CCA: Now urge House Majority Leader Hoyer to do the same! :)
NATIONAL CROSS-DISABILITY, DISABILITY-LED COALITION RELEASES AGENDA THAT INCLUDES CCA!
Today, the Justice for All Action Network (JFAAN) is releasing a comprehensive agenda that calls for eliminating the institutional bias by passing the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670)! JFAAN's cohesive policy agenda has three major themes: 1) safeguard human rights and
respect human dignity, 2) enhance self-determination, and 3) make
technology work for everyone.
JFAAN is a coalition led by 13 national organizations run by people with disabilities with identifiable grassroots constituencies around the country. The steering committee of JFAAN includes ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Hearing Loss Association
of America, Little People of America, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer Survivor Organizations, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Federation of the Blind, Not Dead Yet, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and the United Spinal Association.
At 12:30 pm, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), House Majority Leader Steny
Hoyer (MD-5) and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) will join leaders from JFAAN at a press conference in the Capitol Visitors Center
where the group will outline their legislative agenda of the disability community for the 2010 Congressional Session. Senator Harkin is the Senate sponsor of the Community Choice Act in the Senate, and Representative McMorris Rodgers is a cosponsor of the CCA in the House
of Representatives, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has not yet
signed on to CCA.
CALL TO ACTION: ASK THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TO COSPONSOR CCA!
Congressman Steny Hoyer helped to lead the passage of the ADA, and he
has previously co-sponsored MiCASSA, but he is not yet a co-sponsor of the Community Choice Act (CCA). ADA! He now needs to lead Congress to
eliminate the institutional bias and pass the Community Choice Act.
Contact Representative Steny Hoyer and ask that he end the institutional
bias and become a co-sponsor of the Community Choice Act.
The ADAPT Community has set up a national alert so you can send his
office a fax or email right now!
Go to: www.tinyurl.com/hoyer-alert and take action!
FREE OUR PEOPLE!
Another Step Forward in eliminating the Institutional Bias! :)
President Obama has released his health care reform proposal, and his plan includes sections that address the institutional bias and long term services and supports, including the Community First Choice Option!
You can read an outline of his plan at this link:
Here are some highlights.
Under Title II of the Plan:
"Community First" Choice for People with Disabilities
Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities who would otherwise require care in a
hospital, nursing facility, or intermediate care facility will have a new
option offered by States for community-based attendant services and supports.
The Federal government will offer increased assistance for States who offer
these community-based services.
Home-Care and Community Options for Americans with Long-Term Care Needs
States will be allowed to provide home and community-based services and full
Medicaid benefits to people with long-term care needs. They'll be allowed to
extend the "Money Follows the Person" rebalancing demonstration, protect
recipients of home- and community-based services against spousal
impoverishment and increase funding for State Aging and Disability Resource
Under Title VIII of the Plan:
Establishing a Voluntary, Self-Funding Long-Term Insurance Choice for American
The Act provides Americans with a new option to finance long-term services and
care in the event of a disability. It is a self-funded and voluntary
long-term care insurance choice. Workers will pay in premiums in order to
receive a daily cash benefit if they develop a disability. Need will be based
on difficulty in performing basic activities such as bathing or dressing. The
benefit is flexible: it could be used for a range of community support
services, from respite care to home care. No taxpayer funds will be used to
pay benefits under this provision. The program will actually reduce Medicaid
spending, as people are able to continue working and living in their homes and
not enter nursing homes. Safeguards will be put in place to ensure its
premiums are enough to cover its costs.
This happened because of our direct action activities and the responses we
generated to all of those action alerts we have put out.
Great work everyone! It's clear that by working together we will... FREE OUR
For an institution-free America,
ADAPT's Defending Our Freedom Campaign:DNC Resolution;HHS OCR Agrees to Meet :)
For Immediate Release, February 16, 2010
For Information Contact
Jennifer McPhail 512-627-5868
Nancy Salandra 215-779-1014
DNC Resolution Pledges Olmstead Support; HHS OCR Agrees to Meet
ADAPT's Defending Our Freedom Campaign: Two Weeks, Two Victories
Philadelphia, PA -- Two weeks into ADAPT's Defending Our Freedom Campaign,
there are already two victories. One, a resolution passed by the
Democratic National Committee (DNC), has its roots in ADAPT's four-day and
four-night protest vigil last July, held outside the DNC headquarters in
Washington, D.C. despite torrential rains and no shelter for activists.
The second victory is a meeting with staff from the U.S. Health and Human
Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) scheduled for mid-April just
prior to the spring ADAPT action in Washington.
On Thursday, February 4, ten members of ADAPT from across the nation
attended the DNC Resolution Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. The
committee unanimously passed a resolution that states, in part, "WHEREAS,
efforts must be made on the state and federal level to eliminate
institutional biases that unfairly discriminate against Americans with
disabilities in obtaining long term service and support in programs such
as Medicaid the DNC will encourage and support efforts to vigorously
enforce the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. The Olmstead decision
affirmed provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that
mandate people with disabilities should receive needed services and
supports in "the most integrated setting," typically the community.
"Some people thought our protest outside the DNC last summer was an
exercise in futility" said Jennifer McPhail, ADAPT organizer from Austin,
Texas, "especially because so many of us who use wheelchairs slept outside
each night, in pouring rain and wind, with only garbage bags or the
occasional tarp for shelter. We had provided our own accessible
porta-potty, but the DNC had it hauled away. Despite all that, we
persisted in following the process laid out by the DNC, and now we have
this historic resolution to show for all hell we went through last July."
Members of the DNC Resolution Committee included Christine Pelosi,
daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Lee Saunders, assistant to
AFSCME President, Gerald McEntee. AFSCME currently represents staff in
many state operated institutions, but is working to support the Community
Choice Act (CCA), legislation that would let older and disabled
individuals choose to receive needed supports and services in their own
homes instead of being forced into nursing facilities and other
institutions by the institutional bias in the nation's Medicaid program.
In addition to passing the resolution condemning the Medicaid
institutional bias, the committee also pledged to sending both the
resolution and all of ADAPT's educational materials on the CCA to every
Democratic state and federal legislator in the country.
"With the resolution from the Democrats and our upcoming meeting with the
folks from HHS Office of Civil Rights, we feel like we are gaining ground
in this battle to become free, and stay free, said Nancy Salandra, ADAPT
organizer in Philadelphia. "You would think that between this country's
Constitution, and laws like the ADA, we should already have the right to
live in our own homes and communities, but that's not how Congress has
structured the funding for the supports we are entitled to receive. So,
the resolution and the meeting are two more actions to make sure that the
law is followed and our civil rights are protected."
ADAPT's Defending Our Freedom campaign continues to gather media reports
of the harm being done to disabled and older Americans by state budget
cuts. The campaign also welcomes stories of how people in the states are
fighting back against the cuts. ADAPT is additionally encouraging people
who want out of institutional settings and the people assisting them to
file OCR complaints. ADAPT will follow up on those complaints at the
meeting with HHS OCR and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and will hold
the HHS OCR staff accountable for resolving the complaints.
Send media reports, and "fighting back" accounts and pictures to
See those reports, and accounts and pictures on
File a complaint at http://hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/complaints/index.html
and send a copy to DOF.firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information on the Defending Our Freedom Campaign can be found
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[PsychRights] Local News Coverage of Matsutani Medicaid Fraud Case :)
The largest local paper and television station both ran stories on US ex rel PsychRights v. Matsutani et al.,
Psychrights' first Medicaid fraud case about harmful psychiatric drugs given to children and youth:
by Megan Holland, Anchorage Daily News, February 11, 2010.
by Rhonda McBride, KTUU, February 11, 2010.
James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
406 G Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 274-7686) Fax: (907) 274-9493
Law Project for
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