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Since being hired as an Intellectual and Developmental Disability Advocate last year, Larry Smith has gone to the Minnesota State Capitol to talk with legislators, visited Washington DC, and attended multiple self-advocacy conferences.
Fueled by an eagerness to learn about public policy and human rights, Larry has quickly become a permanent fixture in the advocacy community. His growing knowledge and personal experience has provided valuable perspective at Advocating Change Together (ACT) meetings and for the Self-Advocates Minnesota (SAM) Leadership Circles.
Redesign of supports for people with disabilities will be necessary to provide innovative services to increase independence in community at less cost to Minnesota.
reforms so people with disabilities can design their own lives.
Invest in Independence in Community
The Altair Accountable Care
Organization (ACO), a collaboration of disability and medical partners,
advances a model that will incentivize investment in independent living,
employment, and health and wellness for people with disabilities, while decreasing
costs to Minnesota. Authorizing the Minnesota Department of Human Services to implement
the incentive model will lead more individuals with disabilities living in
community and decreased costs.
Increase Rates for Home
and Community-Based Services
after a decade of stagnation, a 5% rate increase went a long way to address a
crisis in home and community-based services (HCBS). In 2015, the 5% Campaign
seeks an additional 5% rate increase to HCBS to further stabilize vital
services to maintain high quality staff and processes that support people in
community; as Minnesota simultaneously explores innovative models to serve
individuals with disabilities that will increase independence and decrease
Your support is critical to the success of the the 5% Campaign. 'Like' the Facebook page, sign the petition and follow the 5% Campaign on Twitter. Click
here for more information about the details of the campaign.
Reform Medical Assistance
Medical Assistance (MA) provides individuals with disabilities
access to services that are necessary for living in community. Current law
holds individuals with disabilities to
income and assets standards that are different from people without
disabilities, forcing individuals to “spend-down” limited resources to providers for services.
Raising income standards and asset limits will reduce the
"spend-down" for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities and ease
challenges to providers who must absorb unpaid "spend-downs" or be
forced to discontinue services to people who need them.
share your story about how the spend-down has impacted your life, or for more
information about how you can get involved in the Medical Assistance Reform
campaign to raise income and asset limits, visit the Minnesota Consortium for
Citizens with Disabilities.
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.
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