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The ADA Collection website

A new website, the ADA Collection, offers visitors over 3,000 documents pertaining to the Americans with Disabilites Act. This new one-stop, one-shop ADA source is online at http://www.adaportal.org. The website offers in-depth information about a variety of topics, but also includes general and easy-to-understand information about the ADA. Document categories include employment, state & local government, private business, facility access, transporation, communication, and enforcement.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50069

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One Stop Toolkit

This website provides accessible and comprehensive tools and information to grantees who provide services that help individuals with disabilities find and keep good jobs. The resources help grantees widen the array and integration of services available at One-stop centers. This site is targeted toward state and local One-Stop service providers, but individuals with disabilities, advocates, parents, counselors and other professionals will find a rich source of information here.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50068

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Promising Practices in HCBS: Michigan: Increasing Access and Choice through Person-Centered Planning

The State of Michigan combined several funding sources in its contracts with local community mental health agencies, which serve people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction disorders. To ensure access and improve choice, the contracts require local agencies offer a wide array of services and use a person-centered planning process to determine a person’s service plan. In the first two years of using this model, access to services improved and costs were reduced.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50067

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Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment

In a letter to State Medicaid Directors, CMS announced a funding opportunity under the Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment. This third-round solicitaion relects substantially more flexibility than what appeared in earlier rounds. This demonstration grant allows states to provide benefits, equivalent to those provided by Medicaid to the categorically needy, to workers who have physical or mental impairments that, without medical assistance, will likely result in disability.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50064

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Violence Against People with Disabilities: Experiences, Barriers, and Strategies Web cast

This webcast focused on forms of abuse/violence/sexual assault against women and men with disabilities, barriers that get in the way of reporting abuse, and strategies that women and men with disabilities believe are important for enhancing their safety. Survey information, gathered directly from individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities as well as victims of domestic violence, disability organizations and criminal justice agencies, was shared with participants.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50063

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Public Policy Advocacy: A Grassroots Guide

Democracy is not a spectator sport. This guide was written to help you use the skills you already have to change government actions that affect your life. As an individual, you may wonder what you can do to change things. As a grassroots group, you may think that the deck is stacked against you. The Power Point slides provide strategies for grass roots advocacy. Materials are especially useful for advocates and consumers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50062

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Work Book: Improving Quality in Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

The HCBS Work Book is a technical assistance guide to assist state agencies with their HCBS quality improvement efforts. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to conduct quality improvement projects within the HCBS waiver program, and illustrates the principles of quality improvement in an easy to use format. The Work Book was developed for CMS by the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50061

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Participant Experience Survey (PES) Tools

The Participant Experience Surveys (PES) is an interview tool developed by MEDSTAT under a contract from CMS. The surveys capture data that can be used to calculate indicators for monitoring quality within the waiver prograns. Two versions of the PES are included, one for frail elderly and adults with physical disabilities and another for adults with MR/DD. A Users' Guide accompanies each PES. Each survey can be conducted in a face-to-face interview in 30 minutes or less.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50060

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