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New SSA Phone Scam

    There’s a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called “spoofing” to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  These phony callers claim […]

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SSA 2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

  EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, SSI RATES ARE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:           LIVING SITUATIONS FEDERAL STATE TOTAL Household of Another $514.00 $ 9.33* $523.33 Sharing/Independent $771.00 $14.00* $785.00 Personal Care/AFC $771.00 $157.50 $928.50 COUPLE-House of Another $771.34 $13.96* $785.30 COUPLE-Independent $1,157.00 $21.00* $1,178.00   ******************************************************************************   *The payment of the state […]

Our Hearts Are Heavy: A Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

A statement from The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, known as ACHIEVA, on the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue this weekend. Two of their clients, Cecil and David Rosenthal were victims of the attack. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of The Arc, we offer our most heartfelt sympathy to the entire ACHIEVA family on […]

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Advocacy Alert! ~ Caregiver Staffing Crisis

ADVOCACY ALERT! THE ISSUE: CAREGIVER STAFFING CRISIS. People with developmental disabilities or mental illness rely on direct care workers for essential supports which enable them to access their community, work, and live full, meaningful lives. Inadequate wages have created a critical direct care shortage. Turnover rates average 37%. Some providers have been forced to discontinue […]

The Arc Responds to Appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

  Today, The Arc responded to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the United States Supreme Court. In August, The Arc came out in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court based on his decisions on cases involving self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), education, employment, and his stances on the […]

A Call To Action for Medicaid

The FY19 budget process is moving fast and legislators are hoping to wrap up work on next year’s budget by the end of the month. In the Senate passed FY19 DHHS budget, language resurfaced that would allow the Medicaid health plans in the pilot regions to contract with any vendor they choose and work around the CMHs […]

The Stage is Set for the Next Threats to the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities with President Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s “Executive Order on Economic Mobility”: “Over the last year, people with disabilities, their families, and other advocates have fought again and again against overt attacks on access to health care and supports and services that make life in the community […]

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Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities

Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Thursday, February 15, 2018 LANSING — State Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park)  introduced House Bill 5587 today prohibiting employers from paying an employee with a disability less than the minimum wage. Current state law allow employers to pay a subminimum wage to employees with disabilities. Liberati’s bill would […]

The Arc Responds to New Report Exposing Abuse and Neglect of Individuals With Disabilities in Group Homes

Washington, DC – At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General investigated states’ monitoring and reporting of injuries and other critical incidents of people with disabilities living in group homes. Following the investigation, a report was issued that cited numerous incidents of abuse of people with […]