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In a letter to the Biden administration, Robert Stack called for Medicaid reimbursement rates to be addressed before raising the federal minimum wage.

February 22, 2021

In a letter to the Biden administration, Community Options, Inc. CEO Robert Stack called for Medicaid reimbursement rates to be addressed before raising the federal minimum wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage without an adjustment to the Medicaid rate would result in “multi-million dollar losses” for many nonprofits who provide care and housing support…

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Community Options Appoints Scott Bowman as State Director

February 18, 2021
Scott Bowman - Utah State Director

Press Release.pdf Ogden, UT (February 18, 2021) – Community Options, Inc. has named Scott Bowman as State Director in Utah.In his new role, Bowman will manage a 50-person team and oversee all operations in Utah including residential, employment, supported living and day habilitation supports.“Scott’s decorated history of successfully managing residential services will be a huge…

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Cupid’s Chase 5K goes virtual

February 15, 2021
Cupid’s Chase 5K goes virtual

February 15, 2021 | localsyr.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Cupid’s Chase 5K is virtual this year, and it began this weekend. All you have to do is run a 5K and report your time. The race supports Community Options, a non-profit for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is their largest fundraiser of the year.…

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Why can companies pay those with disabilities less when they do the same work as others?

February 9, 2021
Why can companies pay those with disabilities less when they do the same work as others?

February 09, 2021 | nj.com The Raise the Wage Act, recently introduced to Congress, will spark another debate about raising the national minimum wage. But it also shines a light on wage discrimination against people with disabilities, something New Jersey has failed to address. New Jersey is one of a handful of states that have…

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Community Options is proud to advocate to Federal and state policymakers to increase funding for home and community-based services (HCBS).

February 5, 2021

HCBS funding is critical to improve wages for direct support professionals. We applaud Senator Bob Casey (recipient Community Options’ Betty Pendler Award in 2020) and the 30 other United States Senators that called on President Joe Biden to make significant investments into HCBS. View the HCBS letter here. February 5, 2021 The Honorable Joseph R.…

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Report that President Biden will End Wage Discrimination for People with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities: Statement by Robert Stack, CEO of Community Options

January 19, 2021
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January 19, 2021 | insidernj.com Report that President Biden will End Wage Discrimination for People with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities: Statement by Robert Stack, CEO of Community Options Princeton, NJ – January 19, 2021 – Following reports that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will seek to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour for all workers, including workers…

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Caregivers for those with disabilities are Frontline workers, their pay should reflect that

January 12, 2021
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January 12, 2021 | elpasoheraldpost.com The consensus is hospital staff and the vulnerable must be first in line for the vaccine. Persons with disabilities have a 35% greater chance of dying from COVID-19 than the general population. Many live in small group homes supported by direct care givers. Nonprofits were ordered to wait for guidance…

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New Program to Improve Mental Health and Awareness for People with Disabilities in Rural Texas

January 11, 2021

The grant-funded program will address the shortage of mental health professionals in communities like Lubbock and Amarillo January 11, 2021 | Press Release.pdf LUBBOCK—January 11th— Community Options, Inc will soon be able to provide mental health support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in rural Texas, thanks to a grant from the Hearst…

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Superhero commissioner will join Biden-Harris administration

January 9, 2021
Superhero commissioner will join Biden-Harris administration

January 9, 2021 | centraljersey.com When Clark Kent puts on his glasses to hide his identity as a superhero his peers see him sit behind a desk oblivious to his agenda. After Gov. Phil Murphy appointed Carole Johnson as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the disabled community figured there was…

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Murphy administration needs to stop warehousing people with disabilities

January 4, 2021
Crowded together and warehoused in large congregate-care facilities, people with developmental disabilities are placed at even greater risk of dying from COVID-19, says Robert Stack, the founder and CEO of Community Options, Inc, which provides housing and employment supports for thousands of people with disabilities. He says we can’t simply wait for the vaccine to solve this life or death issue.

January 04, 2021 | nj.com The Murphy administration needs to act now to protect the lives of thousands of New Jerseyans largely forgotten during the pandemic. More than 9,000 state residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living in crowded, congregate settings that put them in grave danger from COVID-19 as infections soar to new…

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