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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 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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Caregivers for those with disabilities are Frontline workers, their pay should reflect that

January 12, 2021
elpasoheraldpost.com

January 12, 2021 | elpasoheraldpost.com The consensus is hospital staff and the vulnerable must be first in line for the vaccine. Persons with disabilities have a 35% greater chance of dying from COVID-19 than the general population. Many live in small group homes supported by direct care givers. Nonprofits were ordered to wait for guidance…

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To the editor:

August 17, 2020
njbiz.com

August 17, 2020 | njbiz.com Republicans and Democrats need to factor in the essential workers with children who cannot go to school. My staff and I manage over 5,000 essential direct care staff providing care to our most vulnerable Americans. With well over 4.5 million people with disabilities living in small homes, courageous direct support…

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To the editor:

May 18, 2020
njbiz.com

May 18, 2020 | njbiz.com Crisis does not build character, it reveals it. Managing one of the largest state-funded nonprofits supporting persons with disabilities in New Jersey is more than a challenge. Our essential and brave staff go to work every day supporting our most vulnerable citizens. Out of the 4,500 persons with disabilities we…

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Nonprofit caring for developmentally disabled adults continues to serve despite COVID-19 challenges

May 6, 2020
Nonprofit caring for developmentally disabled adults continues to serve despite COVID-19 challenges

May 6, 2020 | observer-reporter.com Direct care workers are on the front lines caring for a vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the director of a nonprofit that cares for developmentally disabled adults in Washington County believes they are being overlooked. Community Options Inc. supports people with disabilities in 10 states, including Pennsylvania, providing…

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Caring for others deserves applause

May 5, 2020
post-gazette.com

May 5, 2020 | post-gazette.com I stand behind the direct-support professionals who tirelessly help. If you’re following Mister Rogers’ advice and looking for the helpers, you don’t have to look far. There are people out there who dedicate their lives to caring for our society’s forgotten people. Heroes are everywhere; right now we tend to…

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Bucco Commends Pay Increase for Direct Support Professionals Who Assist Individuals With Disabilities During COVID-19

April 30, 2020
senatenj.com

April 30, 2020 | senatenj.com Senator Anthony M. Bucco applauded the three-month temporary salary raise for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) working with the more than 30,000 New Jersey residents with disabilities amid the pandemic. “DSPs provide invaluable, hands-on support to those in our communities with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping to enrich their lives on…

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Combat pay needed for our essential workers

April 18, 2020
abqjournal.com

April 18, 2020 | abqjournal.com THE COMMITMENT of the first responders and medical staff in Albuquerque who care for those most in need of treatment is beyond reproach. We all remain in utmost admiration of their skill set and bravery. Celebrities and philanthropists exemplify extraordinary kindness with generosity and noted pledges to recognize their strength…

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Direct support professionals, caregivers are our most valuable players

April 14, 2020
tennessean.com

April 14, 2020 | tennessean.com Caregivers and direct support professionals uphold their duties even in the midst of a global pandemic. Every time a Predator gets on the ice, they know that they have some great supporters from our hometown. Now the coronavirus prevents us from watching them play. We all miss watching. Some of…

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