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.
Press Release .pdf FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 01, 2014 Katelyn King, Regional Manager for Senator Patrick J. Toomey, displayed her support of disability awareness when she toured a Community Options home located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. There she met with the residents of the home, along with Executive Director Bridget Haney…Read More
Press Release .pdf Hard Work and Diligence Pays Off for One New Jersey Man May 9, 2012 – (Princeton, New Jersey) – When the E.R. Johnstone Training and Research Center closed in 1992; it was the first large institution in the State of New Jersey to be shut down by the state. At that time,…Read More
Opinion Editorial .pdf The Elephant In the Middle of the Room By: Robert Stack In my career in the disability field, I have seen time and time again more people with Autism Spectrum Disorders than a half of a decade ago. Now one in eighty-eight children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as per…Read More
Opinion Editorial .pdf Improving Infrastructure by Creating Housing and Employment Solutions By: Robert Stack There are currently over 45,000 people living in large, congregate institutions that are not wholly conducive to allow those they house to live independently and productively. There are an estimated 500,000 persons with developmental disabilities on waiting lists throughout the United…Read More
Press Release .pdf – (Nonprofits, Features, Business) Nonprofit flower shop supports the Vineland Developmental Center closure June 9, 2011– (New Brunswick, New Jersey) Vaseful, a nonprofit flower shop that is located in New Brunswick and that has the ability to deliver flowers anywhere in the world, is also a social enterprise that trains and employs…Read More
Press Release .pdf Home News Tribune article .pdf NY Examiner article .pdf Courier Post article .pdf Asbury Park Press article .pdf Senator Joseph Kyrillos to receive Award of National Significance (Nonprofits, Politics, Philanthropy, Business) May 6, 2011– (Princeton, NJ) Community Options is a national nonprofit organization that has been developing homes and employment for people…Read More
Press Release .pdf Nonprofit CEO to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Saturday, July 24, 2010-Princeton, NJ) On Monday, July 26, President Obama will hold an event at the White House to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The President is expected to deliver remarks at the event.…Read More
NYExaminer Article – April 25, 2010 The institutional bias is costly and morally wrong for people with disabilities All across the country there are institutions and nursing homes that warehouse people with disabilities. Depending on the state you are in, some may be called nursing homes, state schools or developmental centers. Regardless of what they…Read More
Opinion Editorial .pdf Education and Awareness of People with Disabilities By: Robert Stack Recently, the chief of staff to the President of the United States lacking the vocabulary to describe his enigmatic feelings reacted with the phrase “that’s f’ing retarded.” I believe that Mr. Emanuel meant to say that is stupid. He obviously doesn’t know…Read More