LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, August 2, 2019


LSA-DN Summer Meeting in Philadelphia

LSA-DN's 2019 summer meeting is being hosted by KenCrest in Philadelphia from August 7-9, 2019. Our meeting will take place at the Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. We are very excited that our summer meeting will include Medicaid experts Stacy DiStefano and Fady Sahhar, as well as a visit from staff in Senator Casey's and Rep. Fitzpatrick's office. LSA-DN will also have an opportunity to tour KenCrest and learn more about their programs.  We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia. 

Summer Series on Evidence-Based Practices – Sign Up Now!

Lutheran Services in America is offering a Summer Series of webinars about a variety of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) that align with the outcomes outlined by the Family First Prevention Services Act (or Family First Act). The Family First Act opens up Title IV-E child welfare funds for prevention services; while the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has not yet released the results of the first round of EBPs under review, numerous EBPs align with the outcomes of the Family First Act. Please see below for additional information and to add the webinars to your calendar. If you have any questions or have recommendations for future webinars, please contact Sheila Weber at

More from Lutheran Services in America


Push To Expand Access To Community Living Hits Roadblock

Despite strong bipartisan support, federal legislation that would entitle people with disabilities access to community-based services and outlaw waiting lists appears to be stalled.

Groups had hoped to secure passage of the bill known as the Disability Integration Act in the U.S. House of Representatives before the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last Friday. Instead, they say it’s languishing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, awaiting a hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

More from Disability Scoop


Federal judge strikes New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirements

A federal judge on Monday struck down Medicaid work requirements that had been approved by the Trump administration in a state.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, struck down New Hampshire’s work requirements less than a week after hearing oral arguments.

Boasberg is the same judge who has twice rejected the administration’s approval of similar requirements in Kentucky, and also blocked Arkansas from implementing its Medicaid work requirements.

More from the Hill

Backlash intensifies over D.C. plan to end disabilities services contract

Backlash intensified this week to the D.C. government’s effort to end a 14-year-old partnership with Georgetown University that provides a range of medical and social services for people with disabilities.

The District’s Department on Disability Services has announced that it will end its contract with Georgetown in August, moving the services currently offered by the university in-house or replacing them through another contractor.

More from the Washington Post

Research & Reports

Autistic Perspectives Needed: Community Participation Services And Research Are At A Critical Juncture

The US spends more than $80 billion per year on Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS). This investment provides vital support to adults with disabilities, who typically do not have access to these resources through private insurance. Over the next several years, states will be mandated to implement new federal requirements that will, for the first time, establish a federal minimum standard for HCBS and modernize and shape delivery of these services for years to come

More from Health Affairs

Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

A blind man couldn’t order pizza from Domino’s. The company wants the Supreme Court to say websites don’t have to be accessible

Guillermo Robles, who is blind, has tried to order a custom pizza from Domino’s at least twice in recent years, using the company’s website and mobile app.

He says despite using screen reading software, he wasn’t able to order the food, because the website is not accessible to blind people.

So three years ago, Robles filed a lawsuit against the company. He alleged that the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that requires businesses to make accommodations for those with disabilities, applied to the websites and apps of businesses with physical locations. A federal appeals court agreed. Now, the Supreme Court may weigh in.

More from CNBC

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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  • Policy & Advocacy Team
  • Culture and Engagement Workgroup
  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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Dania Douglas 
Director of Public Policy
LSA Disability Network
Lutheran Services in America



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