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Category Archives: Community Services and Supports

Community services and supports, with adequate public funding, are vital to enabling people with disabilities to participate in society. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Q&A: HCBS “Heightened Scrutiny” Regulation

This Q&A provides an overview of the requirements of 2014 federal regulations that any setting receiving Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) funding must have certain community qualities and not be institutional in nature. It also covers when a setting presumed to have institutional qualities may be approved to...

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ASAN to Nevada: Betty’s Village is Not Community

This letter is available as a Word document and as a PDF. Comments Regarding Betty’s Village Proposal The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the request of Betty’s Village to receive HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) funding from Nevada’s Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP). The Autistic Self...

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ASAN Calls for Expanded Coverage of Assistive Communication Devices

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize tablets – such as iPads – as assistive communication devices. Many autistic people use speech-generation programs on tablets to communicate. Currently, people enrolled in Medicare can only get coverage for special speech-generation...

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ASAN Comment on California’s HCBS Transition Plan

Department of Health Care Services Long-Term Care Division, STP comments 1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4503 PO Box 997437 Sacramento, CA 95899-7437 VIA EMAIL: STP@dhcs.ca.gov   Dear Sir or Madam: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments on California’s statewide home and community-based...

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ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on New Home and Community-Based Settings Rules

ASAN has published a toolkit for advocates, families and administrators on how to ensure that people with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services in integrated settings that offer full access to the community. Home and community-based services are an important source of support for many people with disabilities who need...

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ASAN Comment on Healthy Pennsylvania 1115 Demonstration Application

Approving Pennsylvania’s Application as submitted thwarts past ADA enforcement efforts and violates the law. ...

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Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization

Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization Date: January 26th, 2014 To: Members of Congress and relevant staff From: Ari Ne’eman, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network   Subject: Upcoming Re-Authorization of the Combating Autism Act   This memorandum articulates the position of...

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ASAN condemns proposal to cut funding for effective mental health advocacy and interventions, expand forced treatment programs

ASAN strongly opposes recently proposed legislation, sponsored by House Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), which would cut funding for crucial mental health services and advocacy programs while expanding coercive intervention programs. The proposed act reinforces stigmatizing perceptions that people with mental illness are at increased risk for violence and would...

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Policy Update: November 2013

ASAN has partnered with the LEAD Center to publish Policy Update: Health Care, Employment and Disability, a monthly newsletter focusing on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy. Policy Update: Health Care, Employment and Disability is intended to provide policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with...

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ASAN-Kentucky Comment on New HCBS Waiver Regulations

by Kristen Guin, ASAN-Kentucky I am writing on behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network regarding the recent proposed new administrative regulations (907 KAR 12:010) for Kentucky’s Supports for Community Living 1915(c) Medicaid waiver. We are pleased to support the following segment on employment for individuals with disabilities. Section 4(9)(b)(4)(e):...

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