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.

State school residents move

Corpus Christi Caller Times – Mike Baird – Posted July 2, 2009 at 6:33 p.m. State school residents move CORPUS CHRISTI — After about a decade living at the Corpus Christi State School and sharing bedrooms with three other residents, Tim Mahan, 46, and Dan Hilker, 40, moved into a house with private bedrooms last…

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Lots of options exist besides institutions

DesMoines register  July 2, 2009 Lots of options exist besides institutions Regarding the June 19 Iowa View “Help Iowans With Disabilities Live Independently”: A basic understanding of civil rights leads to the conclusion that state schools warehousing people with developmental disabilities have outlasted their questionable utility. They are a shameful relic of failed public policy…

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People with Disabilities in Institutions

Atlantic Highlands Herald – Rocklin and Roseville Today – Columns – Disabilities Week – Written by Daniel J. Vance – Sunday, 28 June 2009 13:06 People with Disabilities in Institutions If not for volunteering at age 13 to help a girl with traumatic brain injury, Robert Stack likely wouldn’t have gone on t o begin…

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Institutional bias

STLtoday.com article Saturday, Jun. 27 2009 Institutional bias Regarding “Nursing homes get old for many with disabilities” (June 22): A basic understanding of civil rights leads to the conclusion that state schools warehousing people with developmental disabilities have outlasted their questionable utility; they are a shameful relic of failed public policy and outdated attitudes toward…

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Shameful relics

Houston Chronicle  June 16, 2009 Shameful relics Regarding “Perry signs state schools bill; Law overhauls system, which has seen neglect, abuse and deaths” (Page B1, Friday), a basic understanding of civil rights leads to the conclusion that state schools warehousing people with developmental disabilities throughout Texas have outlasted their questionable utility; they are a shameful…

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Advocates pleased with disability services gains in Legislature

Thursday, June 4, 2009 By EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News Advocates pleased with disability services gains in Legislature AUSTIN – Faced with dangerous conditions inside Texas’ institutions for the mentally disabled and a massive waiting list for community-based care, lawmakers didn’t pick sides – they improved both. They did it under pressure: from…

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Community care best

Sat, May 30, 2009 Dallas Morning News Letter to the Editor Community care best The national trend is to close costly institutions and invest in community services for people with developmental or mental disabilities. However, some states are doing the opposite. In Texas, $112 million is now being spent to reform state schools instead of…

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Warehousing of People with Disabilities is a Moral Offense

Courier Post Online May 18, 2009 Warehousing of People with Disabilities is a Moral Offense On February 9, 1989, Robert Stack, President and CEO founded Community Options, Inc. around his kitchen table in Bordentown, NJ. Community Options is a nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment supports for people with disabilities. Community Options is considered…

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State must shut developmental centers

COMMENTARY FRIDAY MAY 1,2009 ASBURY PARK PRESS By ROBERT STACK State must shut developmental centers Bernard Krakosky is a state employee. He owns his own condominium in Mercer County. At one time, he lived in a state institution. He is an example of what a person with a disability can accomplish given the opportunity. He…

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