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Unprecedented Opportunities to Achieve the Promise of Olmstead

On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Olmstead v L.C., delcaring that people with disabilities have a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live and fully participate in their communities. ACL's Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Alison Barkoff, released a blog post on June 22, 2021 disucssing the significance of this ruling and the importance of expanding our HCBS system following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72704

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HCBS Conference 2019- Presentations

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference is hosted annually by ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). This event highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services. The conference includes federal, state, and local policymakers as well as those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. This link contains all of the slide presentations from the 2019 HCBS Conference.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71741

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Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: 2019 Update

This toolkit summarizes LTSS reform strategies adopted by state innovators. It identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have used to advance LTSS reforms. It also includes specific case studies and advice for other states looking to implement similar reforms. In addition, CHCS has published a brief for state legislators looking for a summary of options for developing LTSS policies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71239

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Advances in Employment Policy for People with Serious Mental Illness

This report explores the limited availability of supported employment despite the research demonstrating its success. It then presents strategies utilized by states when they expanded supported employment under settlement agreements; practical perspectives from employers, providers, and service users; and valuable lessons learned over the past decade. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for ensuring that supported employment is widely available.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70841

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HCBS Conference 2018- Presentations

While faced with new challenges, reduced budgets, and growing populations requiring more services, states are stronger than ever, and the work they do is more effective than ever in reaching individuals and addressing their needs. The National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference 2018 highlights these achievements, allowing states to share best practices, present unique partnerships, and recognize the work of their peers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70802

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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

This report documents the nationwide housing affordability crisis experienced by people with disabilities. The report discusses how in 2016, millions of adults with disabilities living solely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) found that renting even a modest unit in their community would require nearly all of their monthly income. The report offers policy recommendations to address this crisis.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70024

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Community Integration: A Holistic Approach to the New Core Services for Transition & Diversion

This training addressed the new core services for centers for independent living as a natural extension of the Independent Living philosophy. Assisting people to move out of institutions – or staying out of them in the first place – is some of the most important and impactful work that CILs do. The CIL-NET organized this interactive workshop in Atlanta to help figure it all out together – as a community. The presenters provided a great deal of information and real-world guidance.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70004

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