The January 2015 issue of the
LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care
The LEAD Center’s
Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability
provides policymakers, disability service professionals,
individuals with disabilities and their families with
information about relevant policy developments regarding
Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics,
with a focus on improving employment outcomes for
individuals with disabilities.
update features stories on the members of Department
of Labor's new WIOA Advisory Committee, an American
Institutes for Research congressional briefing, the
introduction of the Fair Wages for Workers with
Disabilities Act (H.R.188), a proposed Virginia Medicaid
budget that would cap hours of home care works and much
Download the January, 2015 Employment, Health Care
and Disability Policy Update.
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The LEAD Center Policy Update – Employment, Health Care
and Disability is a project of the LEAD Center in
collaboration with the
Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
Advocacy Network Accepting Applications for Autism
Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy
The deadline for Autism Campus Inclusion
(ACI) 2015 applications is quickly approaching!
Applications are due February 15, 2015.
The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic
students to create systems change on their college
campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington,
DC and participate in advocacy training from May 30 to
June 6, 2015. Participants will acquire valuable skills
in community organizing, policy formation, and activism.
Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.
Click here for the application, video and more
information about the event.
Rick Snyder delivers 5th State of the State Address
Governor Snyder began his plans for 2015
by highlighting the upcoming ballot question in May and
urging all citizens to vote. The key highlight of the
Governor's speech is what he is calling the "River of
Opportunity." The goal of government programs will look
at the whole individual and not "slice and dice" the
person based on program requirements.
Click here to read more. (pdf) Documents released by
Governor Snyder can be found at:
State of the State Information
for MDCH/DHS Stakeholders
from Nick Lyon
(pdf) concerning Governor Snyder's
soon to be issued executive order that will join the
Departments of Community Health and Human Services to
create Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
to better serve our residents.
New Policy Coordinator Position in
Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF)
The purpose of the
Policy Coordinator is to serve as a Policy Coordinator
for the Michigan Alliance for Families. The full-time
position requires a bachelor's or master's degree in
education, social science, human services or other
related field and three years of professional experience
or consultative or administrative experience in
education policy, legal research, consulting, or
training related to special education law.
for more information (pdf)
Please send resume
with cover letter by February 13th to Sherri Boyd at
First-of-a-Kind Medicaid Mobile App and Online Portal
Available Now In Michigan
More and more
Americans are using smart phones and applications to
access information and make daily life easier. In fact,
smartphones are expected to generate 68 percent of the
total mobile data traffic by 2017 – a 24 percent
increase within five years.
governments have tried to adapt their services to this
burgeoning mobile trend. In Michigan, the Department of
Community Health partnered with the private sector to
a first of its kind
mobile application for citizens receiving Medicaid. The
myHealthButton (myHB) application is designed to
connect patients with their medical information from a
remote location with a tap to their smartphones.
Resource for People With Disabilities
UCP is pleased to
introduce a new community-driven resource for people
with disabilities called My Life Without
initiative is a natural companion to UCP’s My
Child Without Limits
program, which was developed for the parents and family
members of children with disabilities. A flagship
website and online community,
www.mylifewithoutlimits.org, will serve as the new
program's focal point and is intended to become an
online hub for people with a range of disabilities.
Life Without Limits is designed to allow people
with disabilities to join and receive the latest news
and other benefits of community membership such as
writing guest blogs, commenting on posts and resource
pages and participating in polls and surveys. In the
forum - coming soon - members can stir up conversations
and ask for advice. Information and resources pertaining
to education, entertainment and lifestyle, health and
wellness, travel, relationships and more will be
available and updated, with guidance from community
members themselves. And, people can share new resources
or upcoming events on the site or using the #MyLifeWithoutLimits
hashtag on social media.
Joint letter from DOJ and DHHS
addressing the importance of states' implementation of
the Final Rule while maintaining Title II obligations
under the ADA
The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights
Division and the Department of Health and Human
Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) jointly issued
attached letter (pdf), which addresses the
importance of States’ implementing the Final Rule in
ways that comply with their obligations under Title II
of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter
instructs States to consider whether reasonable
modifications are necessary to avoid placing individuals
who receive home care services at serious risk of
institutionalization or segregation. Specifically, the
letter explains that states need to consider reasonable
modifications to policies capping overtime and travel
time for home care workers, including exceptions to
these caps when individuals with disabilities otherwise
would be placed at serious risk of institutionalization.
The Able Act passed the U.S. Senate
A big bipartisan
measure to enable people with disabilities to become
more independent and to be able to achieve their dreams,
just like everyone else, is becoming a reality. This
follows on the historic
Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act, which
also passed recently and was already signed into law.
Medical Services Administration
Bulletin (MSA 14-58) Provider Enrollment and Service
addresses modifications to the requirements for provider
enrollment and verification of provided services in the
Medicaid Home Help program. Specifically, it updates and
replaces processes identified in the Adult Services
Manual. This bulletin will apply to all individual
providers in the program who receive an individual rate
for services. Additional guidance will be provided to
agency providers as changes are made that would affect
Click here to download bulletin.
Leaders in Policy Advocacy Now Accepting
Applications for April 2015 Class in U.P.
Leaders in Policy Advocacy, an intensive leadership
development project administered by the Arc Michigan and
funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities
Council, is now accepting applications for the next
class in the Upper Peninsula, scheduled to begin in
Eligible applicants are adults with developmental
disabilities and parents of minor children with DD. More
information and an application form can be found here:
A Quick and Easy Method of
Screening for Medicaid Eligibility Under the Pickle
Amendment: 2015 Numbers -
Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, by Gordon
Bonnyman, Attorney, Tennessee Justice Center
Medicaid eligibility under the Pickle Amendment is quick
and simple. Without the necessity of performing any
mathematical calculations, screening eliminates the
great majority of those who are not eligible."
Click here for more information on screening and a
simple formula for performing necessary calculations.
Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in
efforts to hire people with disabilities -
Executive directive calls for new policies, training
across agencies, departments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Read entire press release
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must lead by example and
provide a welcoming environment for people with
disabilities, encouraging them to work in state
government in a competitive, integrated setting, Gov.
Rick Snyder said.
Snyder on Monday
requiring the government
adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating
hurdles faced by people with disabilities as they seek a
career in public service.
Snyder also called for
increased training for all state employees to raise
awareness of disability etiquette and best practices,
ensuring every employee is treated with dignity and
respect at all times.
Employment First in Michigan September 2014 Report
and Advocacy Service, Inc., Developmental Disabilities
Institute-Wayne State University, and Michigan
Developmental Disabilities Council have completed their
Michigan Employment First in Michigan (pdf). It talks about the unemployment rates and
strong reliance on 14c waivers. top
Michigan Alliance for Families
DVD “Making the Most of Early
"Making the Most of
Earlyon" is designed to help parents
better understand and access the system of supports and
services for children from birth through age three.
This video is
chaptered into six easy to navigate topics:
is Early On?
Parent to Parent Advice
Transition: Leaving Early On
Each topic includes
options for Spanish subtitles, Arabic subtitles, and
English closed caption. In addition to the DVD, parents
can find more early intervention resources at:
Parents and professionals can view the videos via the
Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel at
A limited quantity of
DVDs is available.
“Making the Most of Early On®” was produced through an
IDEA grant awarded by the Michigan Department of
Education to Michigan Alliance for Families.
Michigan Alliance for
Families' upcoming workshops can be viewed at:
Upcoming and archived Webinars can be viewed at:
Check out our
new brochure (pdf)
Michigan History of Our State
Institutions for People with Developmental Disabilities
This video documents
this regretful history and celebrates the hard work of
families and advocates with the final closure of our
last institution in Michigan in 2010.
House Disability Group E-mail Distribution List
In order to keep the public informed about
various disability issues the White House has been
hosting monthly calls. To learn about future calls,
request to be added to the White House Disability email
distribution list, by
visiting the White House website.
These calls are open to the public and offer a unique
opportunity to hear about important disability issues
from individuals who work in the Federal government. You
can also submit questions before the call at
Michigan Alliance for Families Web
site offers Resources to help Families
Michigan Alliance for
Families is excited to announce that our website (www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/eo)
now includes information to help families become more
involved in the growth and development of infants and
Michigan Alliance for Families, in partnership with
Early On Michigan, announces resources to help families
know their rights, better communicate their child’s
needs, support the development of infants and toddlers,
and prepare for the transition out of Early On into the
preschool years. These resources are available to
families, Early On Service Coordinators and Service
Providers to increase the involvement of Michigan
families in the growth and development of infants and
Website resources include:
Handouts and video
information on developmental milestones and how to
promote development and learning through play
- Handouts and
video information to help families prepare to leave
Early On and move on to Preschool
tools to help families improve communication skills
help families know their rights (Procedural
Safeguards), including evaluation, Individualized
Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, natural
environments and service coordination.