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Cross-System Collaboration

The LEAD Center fosters cross-system collaboration by partnering with federal agency leaders, state and local agency policymakers, and practitioners and subject matter experts to build a progressive vision to improve the employment outcomes and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities. No single organization or resource is able to respond effectively to the diverse needs of each individual with a disability, and others who face multiple barriers to employment. The LEAD Center facilitates and highlights promising practices in resource coordination across systems by proactively engaging with agencies and organizations to spur systems change that translates into significant improvements in the employment and economic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

New Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Changes and Updated State Plan Amendments in Washington State, Tennessee And Indiana

July 31, 2015

States have continued to submit transition plans to bring their Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs into compliance with new rules for community integration of HCBS settings.

Changes Recommended for Medicaid Managed Care

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released draft rules on network adequacy for privatized Medicaid, also known as managed care.

Connecticut: Budget Would Cut Health, Social Services, But Less Than Original Plan

June 30, 2015

The budget deal between Connecticut’s Democratic legislators and Governor Dan Malloy will cut millions from healthcare programs serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, but aims to decrease the overall amount of cuts or

Kaiser Releases New Analysis Detailing Potential Impact of King V. Burwell

June 30, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation announced a new analysis and interactive maps showing the potential impact of a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case currently before the U.S.

Ohio: Developmental Disabilities Service Delivery System Changing

June 30, 2015

Ohio state law began to mandate county boards for developmental disabilities in 1967 in order to create options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive community-based services instead of being placed in state-run in

EEOC Proposes Rule Allowing Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs

May 29, 2015

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow employers to use significant financial incentives to encourage worker participation in employer-sponsored workplace welln

Special Commission Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit New Hampshire’s Economy

May 29, 2015

New Hampshire has convened a special commission to study the potential consequences of expanding the state’s Medicaid budget. Preliminary evidence indicates that expansion would benefit around 58,000 low-income residents7 .

University of Massachusetts Studying Patterns of Health Care Use Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

May 29, 2015

The Kennedy Shriver Center received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to examine data from MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program) on what types of health care are used by people with intellectual di

Mathematica Releases Annual Report on Money Follows the Person Program

April 30, 2015

Mathematica Policy Research released its fifth annual evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Minnesota Must Submit Statewide Olmstead Plan Following 2011 Settlement

April 30, 2015

In response to a 2011 settlement agreement over violations of the 1999 Olmstead decision requiring services to be offered in the most integrated setting possible, the State of Minnesota created an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to produce a statewide plan f

LEAD Center Website Survey

September 6, 2018

The LEAD Center wants to learn more about how you use the resources on our website so that we can continue to improve what we offer. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

The entire month of October, we will join countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, as well as disability advocates raising awareness about disability employment...

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

LEAD Center Travels to Baltimore for Reinventing Quality 2014

August 6, 2014

From Aug. 3- 5, Baltimore, Maryland, served as host to the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference.

LEAD Presents at 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living

July 31, 2014

On July 31, LEAD Center Public Policy Lead and Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI) Michael Morris presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Next Disability Community Call February 26th

February 21, 2014

The next White House Office of Public Engagement disability community conference call featuring a senior Administration official will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report Available

February 5, 2014

The LEAD Center released recently the report from its first bi-annual 2013 Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Disability Community Call on Thursday, Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

This Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET the White House Office of Public Engagement will re-launch its disability community conference White House call featuring a senior Administration official.

New CMS Rule On Home and Community-Based Services Gives States Greater Flexibility to Serve the Disability Community

January 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released recently new regulations on state Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) programs.

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

New Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Changes and Updated State Plan Amendments in Washington State, Tennessee And Indiana

July 31, 2015

States have continued to submit transition plans to bring their Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs into compliance with new rules for community integration of HCBS settings.

Changes Recommended for Medicaid Managed Care

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released draft rules on network adequacy for privatized Medicaid, also known as managed care.

Connecticut: Budget Would Cut Health, Social Services, But Less Than Original Plan

June 30, 2015

The budget deal between Connecticut’s Democratic legislators and Governor Dan Malloy will cut millions from healthcare programs serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, but aims to decrease the overall amount of cuts or

Kaiser Releases New Analysis Detailing Potential Impact of King V. Burwell

June 30, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation announced a new analysis and interactive maps showing the potential impact of a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case currently before the U.S.

Ohio: Developmental Disabilities Service Delivery System Changing

June 30, 2015

Ohio state law began to mandate county boards for developmental disabilities in 1967 in order to create options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive community-based services instead of being placed in state-run in

EEOC Proposes Rule Allowing Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs

May 29, 2015

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow employers to use significant financial incentives to encourage worker participation in employer-sponsored workplace welln

Special Commission Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit New Hampshire’s Economy

May 29, 2015

New Hampshire has convened a special commission to study the potential consequences of expanding the state’s Medicaid budget. Preliminary evidence indicates that expansion would benefit around 58,000 low-income residents7 .

University of Massachusetts Studying Patterns of Health Care Use Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

May 29, 2015

The Kennedy Shriver Center received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to examine data from MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program) on what types of health care are used by people with intellectual di

Mathematica Releases Annual Report on Money Follows the Person Program

April 30, 2015

Mathematica Policy Research released its fifth annual evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Minnesota Must Submit Statewide Olmstead Plan Following 2011 Settlement

April 30, 2015

In response to a 2011 settlement agreement over violations of the 1999 Olmstead decision requiring services to be offered in the most integrated setting possible, the State of Minnesota created an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to produce a statewide plan f

LEAD Center Website Survey

September 6, 2018

The LEAD Center wants to learn more about how you use the resources on our website so that we can continue to improve what we offer. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

The entire month of October, we will join countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, as well as disability advocates raising awareness about disability employment...

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

LEAD Center Travels to Baltimore for Reinventing Quality 2014

August 6, 2014

From Aug. 3- 5, Baltimore, Maryland, served as host to the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference.

LEAD Presents at 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living

July 31, 2014

On July 31, LEAD Center Public Policy Lead and Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI) Michael Morris presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Next Disability Community Call February 26th

February 21, 2014

The next White House Office of Public Engagement disability community conference call featuring a senior Administration official will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report Available

February 5, 2014

The LEAD Center released recently the report from its first bi-annual 2013 Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Disability Community Call on Thursday, Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

This Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET the White House Office of Public Engagement will re-launch its disability community conference White House call featuring a senior Administration official.

New CMS Rule On Home and Community-Based Services Gives States Greater Flexibility to Serve the Disability Community

January 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released recently new regulations on state Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) programs.

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

  •  

Policy Updates

Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Hampshire Bill Proposes Ending Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2015

The new budget recommended by New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee includes a proposal to end the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), which is the state’s Medicaid expansion program created through bipartisan legislation last year.

New Proposed Rule on Mental Health Parity in Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule in April 2015 that applies mental health parity requirements to publicly-funded health plans.

New York Bill Proposes Expansion of Home Health Workforce

April 30, 2015

The New York Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team has proposed a new bill to permit home health aides to perform certain tasks that they are currently prohibited from providing, such as administering medications.

New Study on Employer Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

March 30, 2015

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has published a new report on mental health in the workplace, based

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

State Transition Plan Highlight: New Jersey Transition Plan Would Improve Day, Employment and Housing Services

March 30, 2015

New Jersey’s state transition plan, to bring programs and services for people with disabilities into compliance with the CMS Final Rule on

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Home Care Workers

March 30, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a new budget that will dedicate $105 million to raise the current $7.50 average hourly pay for personal attendants by five percent to around $7.87 per hour, on average.

GAO Calls For Greater Interagency Collaboration on Mental Health Services, Including Employment Programs

February 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented testimony to Congress on the need for increased coordination of Federal efforts related to serious mental illness.

NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) progra

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

  •  

Policy Updates

Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Hampshire Bill Proposes Ending Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2015

The new budget recommended by New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee includes a proposal to end the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), which is the state’s Medicaid expansion program created through bipartisan legislation last year.

New Proposed Rule on Mental Health Parity in Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule in April 2015 that applies mental health parity requirements to publicly-funded health plans.

New York Bill Proposes Expansion of Home Health Workforce

April 30, 2015

The New York Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team has proposed a new bill to permit home health aides to perform certain tasks that they are currently prohibited from providing, such as administering medications.

New Study on Employer Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

March 30, 2015

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has published a new report on mental health in the workplace, based

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

State Transition Plan Highlight: New Jersey Transition Plan Would Improve Day, Employment and Housing Services

March 30, 2015

New Jersey’s state transition plan, to bring programs and services for people with disabilities into compliance with the CMS Final Rule on

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Home Care Workers

March 30, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a new budget that will dedicate $105 million to raise the current $7.50 average hourly pay for personal attendants by five percent to around $7.87 per hour, on average.

GAO Calls For Greater Interagency Collaboration on Mental Health Services, Including Employment Programs

February 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented testimony to Congress on the need for increased coordination of Federal efforts related to serious mental illness.

NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) progra

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

  •  

Policy Updates

Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Hampshire Bill Proposes Ending Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2015

The new budget recommended by New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee includes a proposal to end the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), which is the state’s Medicaid expansion program created through bipartisan legislation last year.

New Proposed Rule on Mental Health Parity in Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule in April 2015 that applies mental health parity requirements to publicly-funded health plans.

New York Bill Proposes Expansion of Home Health Workforce

April 30, 2015

The New York Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team has proposed a new bill to permit home health aides to perform certain tasks that they are currently prohibited from providing, such as administering medications.

New Study on Employer Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

March 30, 2015

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has published a new report on mental health in the workplace, based

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

State Transition Plan Highlight: New Jersey Transition Plan Would Improve Day, Employment and Housing Services

March 30, 2015

New Jersey’s state transition plan, to bring programs and services for people with disabilities into compliance with the CMS Final Rule on

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Home Care Workers

March 30, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a new budget that will dedicate $105 million to raise the current $7.50 average hourly pay for personal attendants by five percent to around $7.87 per hour, on average.

GAO Calls For Greater Interagency Collaboration on Mental Health Services, Including Employment Programs

February 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented testimony to Congress on the need for increased coordination of Federal efforts related to serious mental illness.

NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) progra