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Arc Advocacy - Direct Support Professional Crisis

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Direct Support Professionals are the backbone of publically funded long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. These professionals are integral to helping individuals with disabilities live successfully in the community, avoid more costly institutional care, and enable states to comply with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

According to the National Core Indicator's 2016 survey of 17 states, the average turnover rate for direct support professionals is 45 percent. This frequent churn of staff is highly disruptive to the development of skills critical to gain independence and access community living, compromises health and safety, and is increasingly impacting the ability of states and providers to serve people and families on waiting lists for services. This affects individual and family income, health and safety, and participation in society.

In order to cast a spotlight on the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage, which is a national public health crisis, ANCOR has written a report on its causes and potential solutions. Click here to access the full report and a summary.

Arc Advocacy - Managed Care Organizations

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)

The Arc of Iowa Board of Directors and I would like to thank Liz Matney for taking the time to meet with us, listen to concerns over issues relating to the implementation of Managed Care and how it is affecting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The Arc of Iowa is an advocacy organization that supports individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and we have been hearing that their are many challenges in the system from our local members. 

In response to the article in the Bleeding Heartland Blog, we would like to re-state our impressions of the meeting.  We did not feel that Liz or the Governor were claiming ignorance to the issues but that they have not been hearing from families that their needs are not being met by managed care.  Since the meeting we released a statement outlining what was said at the meeting and recommending how you can improve the system if you are not getting results after working with your Managed Care Provider. 

We have found Liz to be responsive and willing to assist individuals with disabilities, families and/or care providers in finding results.  We stand behind our press release and advocate that individuals who are not getting results through regular manage care channels reach out to Liz, your local legislator and advocacy organizations to support you in accessing the services that you need.  

You may read the contents of the story and our press release here.  

https://www.bleedingheartland.com/