Transitioning People with Disabilities from Crowded, Congregate Facilities to Protect Them from COVID-19

Currently hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities continue to be housed in state-run or state-contracted institutions, or nursing homes, making them very vulnerable to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a 66-page toolkit to encourage and help states rebalance long-term care offerings for people with disabilities to favor home and community-based services over large institutions.  We need federal and state authorities to act quickly on these guidelines to protect countless lives of people with disabilities

Community Options CEO Robert Stack sent a to letter calling on further action from CMS

He also sent a letter to states with the worst problems of warehousing people with disabilities in institutions or nursing homes, urging them to take action to quickly transition their residents out of these facilities. The letters went to NJ, NY, PA, SC, NC, TX and IL.

View more articles about how Community Options has supported deinstitutionalization here.

Providing important services during the pandemic

August 28, 2020 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | I recently watched Morgan Freeman in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Thinking about how much strife, turmoil and growth this country has gone through made me appreciate how we can help each other to make sense of things. This pandemic forced us to embrace our purpose and reaffirm an intrepid…

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Despite advances, progress on disabilities still lagging

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Celebrating how the Americans with Disabilities Act changed life

July 23, 2020 | centraljersey.com Thirty years ago on July 26, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was one of the most significant breakthroughs in history for persons with disabilities since President John F. Kennedy publicly admitted that his sister was born with intellectual disabilities creating a presidential committee…

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Sharing information will reduce infections

May 03, 2020 | post-gazette.com Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine as a pilot study with almost 8,000 children in our local schools. Millions of children were vaccinated. Parents embraced vaccinations with open arms. In those days, John Fine, our first governor to televise his inauguration, grew up knowing that Franklin D. Roosevelt was…

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Disability advocates press Congress to fund home health services

April 17, 2020 | nationaljournal.com Advocates argue that home-based services are important to ensure that people with disabilities are getting the care they need and can stay out of large institutions, but access is limited. Thousands of people with disabilities were already on waiting lists for home-based health and personal-care services before the coronavirus pandemic…

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Nearly 45 Years after Willowbrook State School Brought to Light, Community Options to Celebrate 20 Years of Progress in NYC

September 29, 2016 Nearly 45 Years after Willowbrook State School Brought to Light, Community Options to Celebrate 20 Years of Progress in NYC 45 years ago, Geraldo Rivera exposed the atrocities that were occurring at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. This institution, which had previously been described as a “snake pit” by Robert…

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The best of all options

August 29, 2016 | FM and JD BeLocal online issue | The Best of All ‘Options’ Local non-profit builds esteem, independence for people with disabilities Community Options, Inc., located at 216 W. Manlius St., E. Syracuse provides employment and residential support for people with disabilities. Their goal is to empower these individuals to make their…

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System Change

July 15, 2016 | Opinion Editorial.pdf System Change Throughout the United States, we see more and more people with disabilities in our neighborhoods. We see them taking tickets at our local theater. They ask us if we want paper or plastic at the grocery store. We see parents of younger children with disabilities walking on…

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Opening Doors

Princeton Magazine | Article.pdf | By Ilene Dube Community Options provides a higher quality of life to people with disabilities. Photographs courtesy of Community Options, Inc. Katie shows a visitor around Community Option’s Daily Plan It facilities on Alexander Road in West Windsor. In the first room, a group of people is watching a video…

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