LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, June 21, 2019


Register Now for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting in Philadelphia

It's time to register for the LSA-DN Summer Meeting! This year's meeting is being hosted by KenCrest in Philadelphia from August 7-9, 2019. Our meeting will take place at the Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. Be sure to reserve your room by July 17, 2019 to ensure that you will receive the group rate.Our summer meeting will be a chance to gather with your colleagues and engage in strategic thinking around cutting-edge issues. It will also be an opportunity to tour KenCrest and learn more about their programs. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.


Department of Justice Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Rights of Americans with Disabilities

Twenty years ago this week, the Supreme Court issued the groundbreaking decision in Olmstead v. L.C., holding that unjustified segregation of people with disabilities in institutions is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This decision led to the development of new opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live and work in their communities. To enforce the holding of Olmstead, the Department of Justice has addressed the unnecessary segregation of people with physical, mental health, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in various residential and non-residential settings, nationwide.

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Confusing Letters, Frustrated Members: N.H.'s Medicaid Work Requirement Takes Effect

As a new work requirement for beneficiaries of New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program takes effect this month, some in the healthcare industry say early signs are pointing to a bumpy road ahead. Staff at community health centers and attorneys working with Medicaid beneficiaries say many people appear overwhelmed by the new rules, exemptions, and forms that are needed to comply with the new work requirement, also called a "community engagement requirement." They describe clients frustrated by the multiple letters and automated phone calls from the state health department designed to educate Medicaid beneficiaries about a significant change to the program.

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MCPS Student Seclusion Incidents Among the Highest in the Nation, Federal Watchdog Finds

Among the nation’s 30 largest school districts, Montgomery County schools report the second-highest number of incidents where students are placed in isolation rooms for behavior problems, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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Research & Reports

U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained Or Secluded, Watchdog Says

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately affect boys and students with disabilities or special needs. In the past, government officials have said public schools rarely use these behavior management methods — but now, those same officials aren't so sure. A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, questions the quality of the data the U.S. Department of Education collects on this issue.

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Study: Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement Hits Those Already Employed

The Medicaid work requirement plan devised by Arkansas and approved by the Trump administration backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence the target population gained jobs, a new study finds. In fact, the requirement had only a limited chance for success as nearly 97% of Arkansas residents ages 30-49 who were eligible for Medicaid — those subject to the mandate — were already employed or should have been exempt from the new law, according to the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

‘The American healthcare system has just, quite literally, ruined my future,’ a disabled Georgetown student tweeted. Then she got a reprieve.

Less than a week after she left Georgetown University for summer break, Anna Landre clicked on an email and realized everything she had worked for was about to slip away. The 20-year-old rising junior has spinal muscular atrophy Type 2 and relies on paid aides to help her with basic tasks, from getting dressed to going to the bathroom. The email that day came from her lawyer and informed her that her aide services were about to get cut.

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Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2019 Summer Meeting
August 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

LSA-DN 2020 Winter Meeting
January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, FL


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