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Guardianship Resources

VOR understands the valuable role that guardians play in the emotional and physical well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We want to ensure that guardians, the majority of whom are family members or close friends of the person with I/DD, have all the information they need to make informed decisions about this vital part of the safety net. 

Attacks on guardianship have become more frequent, especially with the advent of funding to promote Supported Decision Making as a replacement for guardianship. For more information, see the links on the VOR Website:

http://vor.net/get-help/more-resources/item/guardianship

Many states have guardianship associations affiliated with the National Guardianship Association (NGA)


The NGA advocates for high quality standards in guardianship and certification of guardians and the protection of the rights of incapacitated adults. That said, as with any large advocacy organization, you may not agree with all their policy positions, but they are a good source of information and an avenue for family and friends who have taken on the responsibility of guardianship to make sure their perspective is represented in proposed policy changes.

The NGA lists affiliate organizations for 25 states:

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If your state is not listed or you know of other local or state guardianship organizations, send VOR an email and we will add a link to our Website.































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October 13, 2017

VOR Weekly News Update
News and views for VOR Advocates

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VOR is a national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

VOR promises to empower you to make and protect quality of life choices for individuals
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VOR NEWS

VOR's President Caroline Lahrmann recently announced her decision to resign from the Board of Directors. She sent the following letter to our members:


Dear Fellow VOR Members,
 
It has been an honor to serve as the president of VOR and to work with families around the country to advocate for our loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). I have learned a great deal working with all of you, and for that I am truly grateful. It is because of the relationships I have formed that I am sorry to inform you that I have resigned from VOR’s Board of Directors.
 
VOR’s mission of advocating for high quality care and human rights of individuals with I/DD is one that we all hold dear as we fight for the services and supports our family members need and choose. It is a mission that is instilled in each of us by the love and dedication we feel for our family members.
 
Thank you for your support of VOR, and more importantly, for your service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

With warmest regards,
 
Caroline Lahrmann

VOR thanks Caroline for all her work as President. We know that we will continue to benefit from her contributions to our mission.

In accordance with VOR's bylaws and the support of the Board of Directors, Caroline has been succeeded by Joanne St. Amand who has been serving as First Vice President since 2016.

We are grateful to Joanne for assuming this responsibility and are secure in our belief that VOR will continue to follow its mission under her guidance.

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VOR and YOU

VOR’s 2017 Membership Drive

Every Member - Add A Member

 

Let’s double our membership!

That may sound like a big ask, but it’s actually very easy...if you’ll help.

 

All we need is for every member to add one member.
 

For this year’s membership drive, let’s all reach out to friends who have a loved one with I/DD. Let them know what a great resource VOR can be for them.
 

Ask some of the people who you know who know your commitment to the I/DD community and to VOR – siblings, cousins, co-workers, old friends, golfing pals, bowling buddies, bridge partners, church members, bartenders, or baristas.
 

We all have a few people we can ask...

 

...so ask a few. Just tell them about VOR, tell them what we do and how we are the only national nonprofit organization that supports the full range of residential and employment options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tell them how we work to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ask them to be a part of that voice. It's not very expensive – just $45 per year – and it would mean a lot to you and your loved one with I/DD.

Of course, it would be even better if you can get two members, or four, or eight, or more! We are stronger together and our voice is even louder.


So start today. Every Member, Add a Member.

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NATIONAL NEWS

1. Caregivers Act Clears Senate

By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, October 10, 2017

 

Legislation to establish a federal strategy to address the needs of family caregivers — including those supporting people with developmental disabilities — is gaining steam.


The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill known as the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act late last month. The legislation now goes before the House of Representatives.


The measure would direct the secretary of health and human services to create and implement a national plan to “recognize and support family caregivers” that incorporates recommended steps that can be undertaken at the federal, state and local level.


In addition, the bill calls for the secretary to convene a family caregiving advisory council comprised of federal officials and stakeholders in the community to weigh in on what the government can do to assist an estimated 40 million family caregivers nationally.


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2. Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access to Care, Study Says

By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, October 12, 2017

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Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.


Laws in 46 states and Washington, D.C. require private health insurers to pay for autism treatment. While the particulars of the mandates vary somewhat from state to state, a new study finds that having such laws in place makes a big difference for those on the spectrum.


Researchers looked at national claims data from United Healthcare, Aetna and Humana from 2008 to 2012 when many of the autism mandates took effect. They compared the experiences of those ages 21 and under in states where insurers must cover treatment to those with no mandate.


In states with an autism insurance requirement, insurers spent $77 more per month on autism-specific offerings and service use went up 3.4 percentage points, according to findings published in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs.


“The hope of patient advocates and policymakers was that these insurer mandates would increase care for children with autism, and they seem to have done that,” said Colleen Barry of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who led the study. “In fact, the impact was even larger than we had expected.”


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STATE NEWS

1. CALIFORNIA - Wildfires Cause Sonoma Developmental Center Relocations

The residents of the Sonoma Developmental Center have been relocated twice, first to the Sonoma Valley High School, but are now being moved to another facility due to their medical fragility and the current air quality conditions.


The article below was written by VOR's Kathleen Miller. The article was published last week, before the fires started. Kathleen is a resident of Santa Rosa. Her son Dan resides at the Sonoma Developmental Center. I spoke with Kathleen earlier today, and she and Dan are all right, though understandably stressed by everything around them.


1A. Close to Home: Some Sonoma Developmental Center Residents are Losing Their Safety Net


By Kathleen Miller, The Press Democrat, October 8, 2017 KATHLEEN MILLER IS PRESIDENT OF THE PARENT HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION AT THE SONOMA DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER


My son is a resident of the Sonoma Developmental Center. The center is closing as the residents are “integrated” into community homes. While a number of the center’s residents will be able to blend into community settings, in part because many are so medically compromised they are unable to be a real focus of neighborhoods, my son isn’t like that. He is active and strong. He is also mentally ill, and at times his mental illness can take over.


Private community providers are able to eject those who cause problems or are difficult to manage from community home settings. In the past, the developmental centers have taken in those who were not successful in community homes.


When my son’s mental illness escalated, and he was ejected from private community settings, the centers were a safe haven for him and others like him. Unfortunately, the state has blown a hole in the safety net for folks like my son.

Kathleen and Danny

Currently, in addition to the risks of losing the safety net of the Sonoma Developmental Center to fall back on, Santa Rosa neighborhoods have been organizing to protest the placement of community homes for center residents in their neighborhoods. Their discomfort further increases the chances of developmental center residents’ failure in community settings. For those not able to make it in private community settings, the alternatives are few and increasingly restrictive. Jail, acute psychiatric settings, which are not geared for the developmentally disabled, and emergency rooms will be the fall back.


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2. TEXAS - Texas Health and Human Services Releases FAQ'a about I/DD Services and Supports in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

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On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast and caused significant damage and flooding in numerous counties forcing many to evacuate to temporary or subsequently permanent locations.

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to sharing pertinent Hurricane Harvey information with you with this list of frequently asked questions (PDF). This document will provide tools and resources needed to ensure the provision of services and supports to residents in Texas in the aftermath of this natural disaster.


Get the PDF here


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3.  GEORGIA - Georgia Continues to See Developmentally Disabled Patients Die Under State Care

 

By Tom Corwin, The Augusta Chronicle, October 11, 2017


The state of Georgia continues to have developmentally disabled patients die while under state care, with 160 deaths in the past fiscal year, according to a court-appointed observer.

 

The state often overlooks potential neglect or mistreatment uncovered by its own investigators, such as a woman who drowned in a bathtub this year, independent reviewer Elizabeth Jones said.


The U.S. Department of Justice sued Georgia over the conditions in its state hospitals, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities agreed to a settlement in 2010 that requires moving patients from state institutions to the most appropriate integrated setting, and to provide greater services and support for those patients in community settings. Jones is monitoring the state’s compliance with those provisions and reporting to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta on the state’s progress.

 

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One of the buildings at East Central Regional Hospital Gracewood. There were 366 developmentally disabled patients in the hospital on June 30 waiting to be moved to community settings.


Site visits to current providers also found some are employing poorly trained and supervised staff. One patient, referred to only by the initials B.B., ended up hospitalized and recovering in a nursing home after she refused to eat and lost weight due to poor care in the home.


“The apparent indifference shown by the residential staff was equally disturbing,” Jones noted. With another patient referred to as J.B., the nurse consultant found the patient apparently heavily drugged, noting the man “was slouched down in the chair with his head hanging down” and had a black eye the staff could not explain.


An Augusta Chronicle investigation in 2015 found nearly 1,000 deaths in two years among patients in the community under the state’s care, and the state later agreed to a more robust system for investigating and reporting deaths. In fiscal year 2017, there were 160 deaths and 68 investigations, but “the findings and recommendations in certain investigations raise concerns about thoroughness, and, even more importantly, the legitimacy of the conclusions drawn from the investigation,” Jones wrote.


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4. SOUTH CAROLINA -
Last week, we featured several stories on South Carolina. Three days of meetings were held earlier this week, discussing issues and oversight of the state's agency for Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs. Below are two articles following up on those hearings, and a separate article covering problems in the IDEA program.

4A. DDSN Chair Asks Board to Focus on Cutting Waiting List and Abuse, Raising Worker Pay
By Tim Smith, The Greenville News, Oct. 9, 2017
Raising workers' pay to $15 per hour, reducing the waiting list of thousands at the state's disabilities agency and cutting incidents of abuse and neglect are the three major goals the new chairwoman of the agency wants commissioners focused on until they are achieved.

Eva Ravenel, who this summer became the leader of the seven-member board of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, told The Greenville News she wants the agency's board to be more proactive and not rely so much on DDSN staff to initiate plans.

"I do better when I have a goal," she said. "These are my plans and these are my goals. And since I am chairman this year, I think I need to set a standard. What are we doing? What are we working on? Instead of just relying on staff. I want to make some moves."

Ravenel's comments come on the eve of another hearing before a House legislative oversight subcommittee that is studying the agency and its issues.


DDSN's problems, some which which have existed for many years, include significant increases in abuse, neglect and exploitation allegations and critical-type incidents; critical state and federal audits; and some county disabilities agencies that have rates of abuse, neglect and exploitation allegations, critical incidents or deaths that exceed the state rates.


The News has reported those and other problems this year, including a waiting list for services that exceeds 8,000 people, a building and maintenance program that has piled up dormant projects for years and unsuccessful attempts by service providers to bill the federal government directly instead of using the DDSN payment system.

The agency has taken steps to address some of those problems, including ending or completing dormant projects, a promised overhaul of the payment system and a staff person assigned to review abuse and neglect allegations.


DDSN oversees the care of thousands of those with intellectual disabilities, autism, brain and spinal injuries through a network of five regional centers, dozens of county disabilities agencies each of which have their own boards, and private service providers.



4B. DDSN's Director Suggests Lawmakers Clarify Agency's Oversight Role

By Tim Smith, The Greenville News, Oct. 10, 2017

The director of the state's disabilities agency asked lawmakers Tuesday to clarify her agency's oversight role.

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Beverly Buscemi, executive director of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, made the request as she outlined the agency's financial and organizational structure in the third public hearing before a House legislative oversight subcommittee studying DDSN.


She said some people think the agency has direct authority over county disabilities agencies, which she said it doesn't, though it contracts with each of the agencies and has oversight responsibility.

"I think right now, depending on who you talk to and when you talk to them, everybody is not of one accord on what the roles and responsibilities of DDSN are," she said.


Buscemi said even the law on which the agency's responsibilities are based can be viewed differently depending on who's looking at it.


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4C. Live5 Investigates: SC Special Needs Complaints and Violations

 

By Carter Coyle, Live5 News, October 9, 2017


South Carolina was labeled as “Needs Intervention” for IDEA Part C determinations for six years in a row, before being labeled as “Needs Assistance” in 2017, for special needs program implementation. 

IDEA Part B determinations have been labeled as “Needs Assistance” for two or more consecutive years.


While 2017 determinations are not yet listed on this data section of the federal website, a South Carolina Department of Education spokesperson shared the 2017 determination letters, which can be found here:

https://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/ideafactsheet-determinations-2017.pdf


Through Freedom of Information Act Requests from the state and federal departments of education, we took a closer look at IDEA complaints and violations in school districts across the Lowcountry.
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The U.S. Department of Education reports 6.6 million children get special needs services in schools across the country, which is about 13% of the total public school population.

All school kids with special needs should have an IEP, an Individualized Education Program. It’s a detailed guideline for how teachers should work with the child. It details what therapies the child should receive, such as physical or occupational.


The Department of Education says IEPs should be reviewed in a meeting at least annually, or any time changes are needed.


Parents who are concerned their child’s disability rights were violated can file a complaint with the state: https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/special-education-services/parent-resources/dispute-resolution-information/state-complaint/


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5. CONNECTICUT - Restraint Death in Bristol Group Home Ruled Homicide
 
By Josh Kovener, The Hartford Courant, October 13, 2017
Losing her son was a hard enough. Finding out that Joey King died while under restraint at his Bristol group home and that his death has been ruled a homicide was more than Lisa King could take.

Her resolve cracked Thursday as the grim picture of her son’s last moments became clearer. He had Down syndrome. He was beloved, but he could become uncooperative and act out. On June 15, at dinner time, one or more staff members who work for the Vinfen Corp.’s group home at 35 Yale St. placed him in a restraint and took him to the floor of the kitchen.


Then they apparently left him, because he was found a short time later by another employee who had entered the home and saw King lying on the floor.

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King said she has learned that CPR had not been attempted before the employee found him unresponsive and with no pulse.


“He was found face down,” said King, her face dissolving into anguish. “I think he was squeezed to death.”


A pathologist with the chief state medical examiner’s office determined that the cause was “sudden death in the setting of physical restraint, in a patient with Down Syndrome and bicuspid aortic valve” — an inherited form of heart disease.


The manner of death, Dr. Dollett T. White ruled, was homicide.

 

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6. NEW JERSEY - NJ Bolsters Safeguards for Developmentally Disabled
Following up on last week's story, Governor Chris Christie signed the Stephen Kominos Law into effect last Friday.

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A measure signed into law by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strengthens protections for those with developmental disabilities.

The Stephen Komninos Law is named for a 22-year-old man who choked to death at a group home in 2007 when left unsupervised against medical orders.


The law requires more state oversight and consistent supervision of community-based residential programs, Christie said Friday.

“This new law will, we hope, prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disabilities, establishing appropriately serious criminal penalties and mandating drug testing of each and every staff member,” he said.


The law requires New Jersey’s Department of Human Services to conduct two unannounced visits every year at group homes to evaluate whether patients are at risk for abuse.


The developmental centers also must notify parents within two hours if a patient is injured, and representatives must meet twice a year with parents.


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NICE STORY OF THE WEEK

6. MASSACHUSETTS - Melmark Students Gather Supplies for Hurricane Victims

By Kelsey Bode, The Andover Townsman, October 12, 2017

Students from Melmark New England in Andover gathered donations for victims of Hurricane Irma over the last few weeks, specifically children on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.


Working in connection with Gladys’ Café in St. Thomas, Melmark students collected a wide range of materials, including hygiene supplies, clothing, shoes, socks, pencils, crayons, coloring books, activity books, notebooks, blankets, pillows, toys, fidget spinners, books, beads, hats, puzzles, and Lego kits.


According to Ellen Kallman, director of advancement at Melmark, it all started when it really hit home to students that children impacted by the hurricane no longer had the items they needed in their daily lives, especially children like those at Melmark, children on the autism spectrum. Once they realized children on the Virgin Islands no longer had things they need for day-to-day life, they wanted to do what they could to help.


"They have been studying weather and obviously they learned on about what happened on the Virgin Islands," Kallman said. "The islands have been decimated and children there cannot go to school. One student in particular, he really understood that these kids do not have those every day things that are needed. When he realized that kids like him don't have communication devices they need, like some communication devices someone in a special education program might need, that became his focus."


Established in 1998, Melmark New England serves children, adults and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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SHELTERED WORKSHOPS

8. Are Sheltered Workshops on Borrowed Time?

By Bruce SIWY, The Daily American, October 11, 2017

Cary Griffin knows the sheltered workshop model. For eight years he operated one in Colorado. “There's unlimited ways to make a living in the world, and we're not exploring very many of them,” said Griffin, who's become critical of sheltered workshops.

“It's a factory model,” he said of sheltered workshops, characterizing them as a product of a 19th-century mindset.


This model, however, continues to be used in Cambria County and across the commonwealth.


“Our people are working in real jobs here,” said Tara Bosserman, director of operations for the Cambria County Association of the Blind and Handicapped, which operates sheltered workshops in Ebensburg and Johnstown. “We've had a pretty good fight in the last year to keep our workshops open.”

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It was March 13 when Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped employees and their relatives gathered in Harrisburg to protest changes to the sheltered workshop system.


Under a proposal from the state Department of Human Services, employees would be moved to a non-segregated community setting for 75 percent of their time with organizations such as the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped. This would result in a drastic reduction in the amount of time these employees spent in the factory.


According to Tara Bosserman, these changes were unfair. 

So Richard Bosserman, her father and president of the organization, called a meeting. She said it was the first parent meeting he'd called in his 50 years with the association. And employees and parents responded with a letter-writing campaign followed up by the trip to the state capitol.


“We're in the business of employing people with disabilities,” she said. “We have great employees and great families that support us.”

“We've had to go to Harrisburg, we've had to go to D.C.”


So the state backed off. The original proposal — mandating 75 percent of the time in the community — was replaced with a less comprehensive change.


“Providers are required to offer each person no less than 25 percent of the service time in community integrated activities, but can achieve up to 100 percent time in the community,” wrote Ali Gantz, deputy digital director for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, in an email to Our Town. “Time in sheltered workshops and adult day programs is allowable.


“This approach allows change to take place one person at a time based on each person’s preference.”


She added that this approach was submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and approved for July 1.

The reversal, Tara Bosserman said, was a victory for the association, its employees and their families.

“Some of it was us being able to educate people in Harrisburg,” she said.

She stressed that people with disabilities have a right to choose under the current regulations.


“By offering this new model, our individuals will receive opportunities for new experiences and interests, the potential to develop friendships away from our facility, and the ability to increase independence by community participation and inclusion,” she said. “This will give our individuals opportunities to broaden their lifelong learning experiences and to develop basic skills and competencies necessary to pursue competitive integrated employment if they so choose to do so.”


Read the full story here


CALENDAR EVENTS:




AHCA
The American Health Care Association /
National Center for Assisted Living 
2017 Convention & Expo in Las Vegas
October 15 - 18


October 17th is I/DD Day
Click here for more information


AHCA/NCAL helps members to make sense of the current long term care environment and all its complexities. In addition to sorting through and discussing the very latest happenings in Washington, D.C., other topics include:

    •    Dementia Care
    •    How to Understand and Use the Data You Have
    •    Improving Your Five-Star Rating
    •    QAPI
    •    Improving Staff Stability and Engagement
    •    Risk Management
    •    Updates on the New Survey Process
    •    Sustaining an Infection Prevention and Control Program


This years event promises exciting speakers, a jam-packed Expo Hall with prizes and freebies, great networking and social events, and Huey Lewis and the News capping it all off at the Gala Dinner & Show - you are sure to win big at this year's AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in Las Vegas!


For more information, write to Dana Halvorson at
dhalvorson@ahca.org

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National Conference on Guardianship
 
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October 14 - 17, 2017

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