LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, August 23, 2019


Webinar Series: Accreditation

Lutheran Services in America is pleased to announce our fall webinar series on accreditation featuring all three major accreditation organizations. Calendar invitations to all three are linked below. Click to add each webinar to your Outlook calendar.

If your organization is not currently accredited, or if you are interested in exploring your accreditation options, join us for this webinar series

Please contact Sheila Weber at or 202-499-5824 if you have any questions.

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Airlines Damaged Nearly 35% More Wheelchairs In The 2nd Quarter Of 2019

Airlines must now report the number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters transported and mishandled each month, with that data being released through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Reports. The August 2019 ATCR contains data from the entire first half of 2019 (January-June). previously reported that more than 2,000 wheelchairs had been mishandled in the first three months of the year. In the second quarter, airlines damaged nearly 35% more wheelchairs, for a total of 2,744. The year-to-date fallout has been 4,777 instances of a passenger being inconvenienced by the delay, loss, damage or destruction of their most critical piece of mobility equipment.

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Disability Advocates Decry ‘Public Charge’ Rule Limiting Aid For Immigrants

Immigrants with disabilities could face more difficulty becoming U.S. citizens or permanent residents under new rules from the Trump administration.

Under the so-called “public charge” rule, immigration officials can deny applications for green cards based on a person’s use of government safety-net programs including Medicaid.

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Georgia’s Not Meeting Terms of Mental Health, Disabilities Agreement, Report Says

Georgia isn’t doing enough to protect people with developmental disabilities from neglect while in state care or to provide housing to people with mental illness, according to a report released this week.

The report is all about Georgia’s compliance with an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice intended to improve the services offered in non-institutional settings to people with certain kinds of disabilities.

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Research & Reports

Medicaid Selected Characteristics of 10 States with the Greatest Change in Long-Term Services and Support System Balancing, 2012-2016 Report

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Selected Characteristics of 10 States with the Greatest Change in Long-Term Services and Supports System Balancing, 2012–2016. Each year, most states make steady, incremental progress toward rebalancing their long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems from institutional care to home and community-based services (HCBS). They achieve this rebalancing by increasing expenditures on HCBS, decreasing expenditures on institutional services, or both, resulting in a larger share of total LTSS expenditures for HCBS.

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FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Side Effects From Supposed Autism Treatment

Federal officials are warning against the use of a dangerous and unproven product that’s peddled online as a treatment for autism and other conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration says that consumers should not purchase or drink products known as Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, Water Purification Solution or similar.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Major retailers are launching affordable clothing lines for children with disabilities'

When Mindy Scheier’s son Oliver came home from school in 2014, the then-eight-year-old told her he wanted to start wearing jeans like his friends. It might seem like a common request, but for Mindy there was a challenge: Oliver has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which causes physical disabilities.

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Upcoming Events

2020 LSA-DN Winter Meeting

January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, Florida


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