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Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

More than a hundred disability rights protesters arrested in Washington D.C.

Disability rights activists stormed the nation’s capital last week, demanding that the federal government do more to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. “I was in a nursing home and I have too many brothers and sisters still locked away because they…

Lawsuit tackles Ohio residential and employment segregation

Disability Rights Ohio, the Center for Public Representation, Sidley Austin LLP and attorney Samuel Bagenstos hit the state of Ohio with a class-action lawsuit [PDF] March 31, accusing it of unnecessarily institutionalizing thousands of people with developmental disabilities,…
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Disability Rights International calls for end of segregating people with disabilities

Disability Rights International is calling the global community to action – specifically, to stop human rights violations against people with disabilities worldwide. Since their foundation in 1993, Disability Rights International’s purpose has been to work for people with disabilities on…
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Report highlights continued growth of community-based Medicaid services

Medicaid is continuing to make progress redirecting funding from institutional care toward more integrated, home and community-based services. According to a new report [PDF], funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the percentage of national Medicaid funding…
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Report uncovers black sites, caged children with disabilities in Mexico City

Disability Rights International released an extensive report [PDF] July 22, documenting a range of abuses of children and adults with disabilities in government-run facilities across Mexico City. In one harrowing example, featured in a video from ABC News, children are isolated in rooms lined with cages and cribs. As detailed in the report, many of these children have been confined there for years, as evident by extensive atrophy in their arms and legs and failing body organs.
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Arizona, Maryland top annual Medicaid rankings list

The United Cerebral Palsy released its annual rankings [PDF] July 16 of state Medicaid programs that provide services for people with disabilities, finding that while many states continue to make progress, multiple states took steps backward in the past year.…
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Olmstead turns 16

The Supreme Court’s most celebrated decision upholding the rights of people with disabilities is now 16 years old, and its impact is being felt more strongly than ever. Historically, people with disabilities have been locked up in institutions, where they…
Young Man getting his Mail, seated in his wheelchair

Judge rejects Minnesota Olmstead plan

U.S. District Judge Frank Donovan, in a ruling issued May 6, ordered the state of Minnesota to continue improving its plan for integrating thousands of previously institutionalized people with disabilities. In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health of Human…