Disability Rights Arkansas is submitting comments to the State today with regards to the proposed amendments to the State’s 1915(c) HCBS Waiver application. DRA’s comments cover the waiver expansion, stakeholder education, access to third party contractor performance assessments, case management guidelines (including conflict-free case management) and the appeals process, among other topics. To see DRA’s […]
RE: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Settings Transition Plan To Whom It May Concern: Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is the agency established by federal law to vigorously advocate for and enforce the legal rights of people with disabilities in Arkansas. We envision a society in which people with disabilities are full and equal […]
DRA Provides Public Comment on Arkansas’ Request for Renewal of the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver
July 12, 2016 Division of Medical Services Program Development and Quality Assurance P.O. Box 1437, Slot S295 Little Rock, AR 72203-1437 Re: Public Comments Arkansas Request for Renewal of 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver To whom it may concern: Disability Rights Arkansas, Inc. (DRA) is the federally authorized and funded nonprofit organization serving as […]
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has announced the posting of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) final rules. The final rules, along with several guidance documents, are available on the RSA website at: WIOA Final Rules. For anyone not familiar with WIOA, it replaced the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is intended to increase opportunities, […]
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is soliciting public comment to assist IACC with identifying priorities for an update of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The comment period opened June 15, 2016 and will go to July 29, 2016. The strategic […]
New York Times article takes an in-depth look at people confined to nursing homes who could live at home with the proper supports
The New York Times recently published an article, “Confined to Nursing Homes, but Longing (and Ready) for Home”. The article provides several compelling examples of individuals who entered a nursing home because of an illness or traumatic event and then found it difficult to get back out (and some are still not out). One of […]
Nearly six years after first soliciting public comment on proposed regulations outlining accessibility standards for state and local government websites, the U.S. Department of Justice published a notice this week that it is seeking additional public comment. The Justice Department has signaled that it intends to issue standards for government websites before setting broader requirements for […]
April 19, 2016 President Signs Older Americans Act Statement from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee President Obama signed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 into law today, reaffirming our nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. Last July, the President called on Congress to reauthorize this important legislation as […]
Yesterday the state unveiled a new website that covers the final HCBS Settings Rules. Please follow this link for more information: http://dds-hcbs.herokuapp.com/ If you have questions feel free to reach out to us.
A coalition of Arkansans comprised of individuals who have disabilities, their families, community members, advocates, and health and social services professionals have written a letter to the chairs of the Legislative Health Reform Taskforce on Home and Community Based Services.