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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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New location opens in South Jersey to serve people with disabilities

December 17, 2020
New location opens in South Jersey to serve people with disabilities

December 17, 2020 | nj.com Community Options Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Woodbury location at 502 Salem Ave. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Community Options provides housing and employment supports for thousands of people with disabilities across 10 states. The new office will oversee Community Options’ services in the South Jersey region, which…

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Non-profit urges state to pull residents who are disabled out of long-term care centers

December 16, 2020
Non-profit urges state to pull residents who are disabled out of long-term care centers

December 16 2020 | newjerseyglobe.com A Princeton-based non-profit urged Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson to pull more than 9,000 state residents with disabilities out of New Jersey’s long-term care centers. “We urge the state of New Jersey to take immediate action on these guidelines,” Community Options CEO Robert Stack said in a letter to Johnson.…

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MLG should be US health secretary

December 6, 2020
MLG should be US health secretary

December 06, 2020 | lcsun-news.com Michelle Lujan Grisham was the first undercover boss before it was a television program. About a year after the Twin Towers were hit, she was appointed by Republican Gov. Gary Johnson as New Mexico’s first Hispanic secretary of the Health and Human Services Department. Her competency was quickly recognized by…

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A much-needed transition during the pandemic

December 1, 2020
A much-needed transition during the pandemic Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

December 1, 2020 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette online article During the last eight months, we have witnessed the deaths of so many people with disabilities as a result of COVID-19. The percentage of people in institutions is significantly higher than those living with their families or within small community-based homes. The reason is very simple: size…

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CMS Action to Expand Community-based Options Cited as First Major Move in Decades Supporting People with Disabilities

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020 | Press Release.pdf | insidernj.com Advocates Call for Acceleration of Effort Due to Disproportionate Mortality Rates of People with Developmental Disabilities due to the Pandemic PRINCETON, NJ – Nov. 30, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a 66-page toolkit designed to encourage and help states rebalance…

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Trio of U.S. Senators call for more COVID transparency in psychiatric facilities, homes for people with disabilities

November 17, 2020
tennesseelookout.com

November 13, 2020 | tennesseelookout.com Three U.S. senators are asking federal officials to require psychiatric institutions, group homes for people with disabilities and other treatment facilities for children and adults to report COVID-19 data and make it available to the public. Nursing homes have been asked since the onset of the pandemic to report coronavirus…

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New Study Reveals Disproportionate Impact of Pandemic on People with Disabilities; Mortality Rates Triple That of General Public

November 16, 2020

Advocates for Developmentally Disabled Note Lack of Data for Congregate Care Facilities Means That Mortality Rates Could Be Even Higher November 16, 2020 | Press Release.pdf | InsiderNJ.com online article PRINCETON, NJ – November 16, 2020 – A new study has found that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are three times more likely to…

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Hidden Crisis: Advocates Support Call by US Senators For Improved COVID-19 Data Collection on All Congregate Care Facilities

November 9, 2020

November 09, 2020 | Press Release.pdf Research by U.S. Senate HELP Committee Staff Reveals “Substantial Lack of Data”  for Children and Adults with Mental Illness and Disabilities Princeton, NJ – November 9, 2020 – Several U.S. Senators have called upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue guidance for mandatory comprehensive data…

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Middletown Mayor Perry tours township group home

November 7, 2020
themonmouthjournal.com

November 9, 2020 | themonmouthjournal.com online article MIDDLETOWN — On Monday, Nov. 2, Vice President of Strategic Operations Wei-Han Zhou and Executive Director Kathryn Bryant of Community Options, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and employment to people with disabilities, gave Middletown Mayor Tony Perry a tour of their group home located in Middletown. Middletown…

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