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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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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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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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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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The pandemic’s impact on the developmentally disabled is preventable. Here’s how

November 23, 2020
The pandemic's impact on the developmentally disabled is preventable. Here's how

November 23, 2020 | northjersey.com A study released in November by the nonprofit FAIR Health found that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are three times more likely to die of COVID-19, compared to the general population. Yet, even as the pandemic surges again in New Jersey, nothing has changed to prevent this tragedy, especially…

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Community Options Presents Senator Bob Casey with Betty Pendler Award

November 19, 2020

Press Release.pdf PRINCETON, NJ – November 19, 2020 – Community Options, Inc. awarded U.S. Senator Bob Casey with their Betty Pendler Award today in recognition of his leadership and advocacy for persons with disabilities. The Senator was presented the award by Community Options Founder, President and CEO, Robert Stack, and Community Options Chairman, Tim Dunigan,…

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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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Community Options New York Welcomes Kerry Brady as State Director

November 3, 2020
Kerry Brady – New York State Director

November 03, 2020 | Press Release.pdf NEW YORK, NY (November 2, 2020) – Community Options New York, Inc. has named Kerry Brady as State Director in New York. In her new role, Kerry will oversee seven regional offices to provide residential, employment, and day habilitation services for people with disabilities. “Kerry has a deep understanding…

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