Lutheran Services in America Disability Network

Lutheran Services in America Disability Network Advocating for person-centered Medicaid reform. Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions.

LSA-DN includes 22 members that provide support to more than 23,000 individuals in 33 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Thank you to The New York Times for shining a light on the need for Congress to provide financial relief in the next leg...
07/27/2020
Providing a Pandemic Safety Net, Nonprofits Need Their Own

Thank you to The New York Times for shining a light on the need for Congress to provide financial relief in the next legislative package for nonprofits like Lutheran Services in America Disability Network members during this unprecedented #COVID crisis. Nonprofits need forgivable loans, among other vital support, to ensure they can continue serving our nation's most vulnerable people. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/business/economy/nonprofits-coronavirus-economy.html

Even as the economic crisis creates new demand for their services, organizations with millions of workers are resorting to layoffs as revenues dry up.

07/15/2020
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As we prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we hope you'll participate in an upcoming Congressional briefing hosted on 7/23 by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities entitled "The ADA at 30: A Vision for a Future with Full Inclusion and Equity" 11-12 ET. Get more information about speakers and topics, and register to participate: https://bit.ly/3fA6ukE #ADA30

07/06/2020
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Voters in Oklahoma on June 30 approved with 50.5% support a ballot measure extending Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of low-income adults. Oklahoma, with the nation’s second-highest uninsured rate, had been one of just 14 states that hadn't expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By adding Medicaid expansion to Oklahoma’s constitution, the newly-passed measure may prevent Gov. Kevin Stitt from implementing his plan, if approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to add per capita caps and work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program. Lutheran Services in America has submitted comments in opposition to these proposed changes, given their likelihood to reduce patients’ access to critical benefits and services and add administrative and financial barriers to the program that would undoubtedly lead to coverage losses. https://bit.ly/3guxVfZ

In June 2020, Lutheran Services in America launched the Strength & Service Series, an ongoing, interactive, virtual gath...
07/01/2020

In June 2020, Lutheran Services in America launched the Strength & Service Series, an ongoing, interactive, virtual gathering of the best minds in our space, laser-focused on examining and tackling the unintended consequences and uncertainties in today’s climate. Don't miss our next webinar sessions:
• July 23, 12–1 p.m. EDT: Impact of COVID-19 on Employer Health Care Costs https://bit.ly/2Zwj6Tn
• July 28, 1–3 p.m. EDT: Workshop on the Path to Become More Racially Aware Leaders—Foundational Elements for the Journey https://bit.ly/3dLdkSM

In June 2020, Lutheran Services in America launched the Strength & Service Series, an ongoing, interactive, virtual gathering of the best minds in our space, laser-focused on examining and tackling the unintended consequences and uncertainties in today’s climate. Don't miss our next webinar sessions:
• July 23, 12–1 p.m. EDT: Impact of COVID-19 on Employer Health Care Costs https://bit.ly/2Zwj6Tn
• July 28, 1–3 p.m. EDT: Workshop on the Path to Become More Racially Aware Leaders—Foundational Elements for the Journey https://bit.ly/3dLdkSM

Today is the 21st Anniversary of the #OlmsteadvLoisCurtis Supreme Court decision.  On June 22, 1999, the United States S...
06/22/2020
Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone -- About Us Page

Today is the 21st Anniversary of the #OlmsteadvLoisCurtis Supreme Court decision. On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Court held that public entities must provide community-based services to persons with disabilities when (1) such services are appropriate; (2) the affected persons do not oppose community-based treatment; and (3) community-based services can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the public entity and the needs of others who are receiving disability services from the entity. To find out more about the case go to: https://www.ada.gov/olmstead/olmstead_about.htm

The ADA Home Page provides access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for businesses and State and local governments, technical assistance materials, ADA Standards for Accessible Design, links to Federal agencies with ADA responsibilities and information, updates on new ADA requirem...

03/30/2020
GovPredict - Take Action

Congress has passed 3 relief packages to address the COVID-19 crisis, but more work remains. Act now! Tell Congress to bolster the direct service workforce and include supports for people with disabilities in future #COVID19 relief packages: https://bit.ly/2Ut5JC4 #WeAreEssential

Check out the latest DN weekly. In this issue, a closer look at COVID-19's impact on people with disabilities: https://b...
03/28/2020

Check out the latest DN weekly. In this issue, a closer look at COVID-19's impact on people with disabilities: https://bit.ly/2JlyJFj

Check out the latest DN weekly. In this issue, a closer look at COVID-19's impact on people with disabilities: https://bit.ly/2JlyJFj

Check out the following webinar on March 25 from the Collaborative on Faith and Disability http://faithanddisability.org...
03/23/2020
Collaborative on Faith and Disability Webinar Series | Collaborative on Faith and Disability

Check out the following webinar on March 25 from the Collaborative on Faith and Disability http://faithanddisability.org/webinar/

2020 Webinar Series The following webinars are free and held 11pm Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern. Click the link to register or to view the archived webinar. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: An Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse for Faith Community Leaders: Tools to Support Peop...

“It’s a huge problem,” said Nicole Jorwic, senior director of public policy at The Arc, a national advocacy organization...
03/23/2020
Opinion | The GOP just smuggled another awful provision into the stimulus

“It’s a huge problem,” said Nicole Jorwic, senior director of public policy at The Arc, a national advocacy organization for the disabled. “Our chapters who provide services would all be impacted,” Jorwic continued, making it harder to “provide home and community-based services all over the country." https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/23/gop-just-smuggled-another-awful-provision-into-big-stimulus-bill/?fbclid=IwAR1InMyLsbfbpOrkB-f90k26oxZRi9_JTQI2ehZ-VY5IOxnBu-cLP1y9lsc

The corporate "slush fund" is one problem. Here's another.

03/23/2020
GovPredict - Take Action

Take Action Now! New House #Coronavirus relief bill MUST make nonprofits who get Medicaid reimbursements eligible for financial relief: nonprofits are on frontlines of this fight + under severe financial stress https://bit.ly/2QGr6NN

Take action now! Tell Congress to include the needs of the disability community in COVID-19 relief packages. https://bit...
03/23/2020

Take action now! Tell Congress to include the needs of the disability community in COVID-19 relief packages. https://bit.ly/3a9s8cS

Take action now! Tell Congress to include the needs of the disability community in COVID-19 relief packages. https://bit.ly/3a9s8cS

Check out the latest DN Weekly, with action items and the latest news on important topics including COVID-19: https://bi...
03/17/2020

Check out the latest DN Weekly, with action items and the latest news on important topics including COVID-19: https://bit.ly/39ZUCpk.

Check out the latest DN Weekly, with action items and the latest news on important topics including COVID-19: https://bit.ly/39ZUCpk.

Take action now! During Developmental Disability Awareness month help support legislation that would allow DSPs to provi...
03/17/2020

Take action now! During Developmental Disability Awareness month help support legislation that would allow DSPs to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a short term hospital stay: https://bit.ly/3b2O8WR. #DDAwareness2020

Take action now! During Developmental Disability Awareness month help support legislation that would allow DSPs to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a short term hospital stay: https://bit.ly/3b2O8WR. #DDAwareness2020

Due to COVID-19, LSA-DN will be hosting it's spring meeting virtually, instead of in-person. The meeting will be half a ...
03/17/2020
LSA-DN Spring Meeting Registration Form

Due to COVID-19, LSA-DN will be hosting it's spring meeting virtually, instead of in-person. The meeting will be half a day long, on April 23, and will involve usual LSA-DN business. We will also hear from Washington policy experts on issues that are important to LSA-DN. Please register here: https://forms.gle/c9yNGy9xG4QCoA196. Note, even if you were registered for the in-person meeting, we're still asking you to fill out this form.

It was fantastic to hear from Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Donna Shalala at the National Council on Indepen...
03/04/2020

It was fantastic to hear from Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Donna Shalala at the National Council on Independent Living's Congresional briefing yesterday.

In honor of Super Tuesday, we remind you to check out AAPD's Rev Up campaign, which LSA-DN supports: https://www.aapd.co...
03/03/2020
REV UP Campaign

In honor of Super Tuesday, we remind you to check out AAPD's Rev Up campaign, which LSA-DN supports: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/.

The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues.

Attending the LSA-DN Spring Meeting? Remember you must reserve your hotel room before March 6, 2020 (that's NEXT FRIDAY)...
02/26/2020

Attending the LSA-DN Spring Meeting? Remember you must reserve your hotel room before March 6, 2020 (that's NEXT FRIDAY) to get the group rate! Register now: https://bit.ly/2HA1NrU

Attending the LSA-DN Spring Meeting? Remember you must reserve your hotel room before March 6, 2020 (that's NEXT FRIDAY) to get the group rate! Register now: https://bit.ly/2HA1NrU

Don't miss the latest LSA-DN Weekly Update. Highlights this week: senators push the FDA to ban shock devices used on tho...
02/21/2020

Don't miss the latest LSA-DN Weekly Update. Highlights this week: senators push the FDA to ban shock devices used on those with disabilities, accessibility was a big problem at the Iowa caucuses, and the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30.
http://ow.ly/DDGN50ysyC7

Don't miss the latest LSA-DN Weekly Update. Highlights this week: senators push the FDA to ban shock devices used on those with disabilities, accessibility was a big problem at the Iowa caucuses, and the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30.
http://ow.ly/DDGN50ysyC7

REGISTER NOW for the LSA-DN Spring Meeting: https://bit.ly/2HA1NrU! Our meeting will take place in Washington, DC from A...
02/19/2020

REGISTER NOW for the LSA-DN Spring Meeting: https://bit.ly/2HA1NrU! Our meeting will take place in Washington, DC from April 22-24, 2020. Because April is prime tourist season in DC, you must book your hotel room by March 6, 2020 to guarantee the group rate.

REGISTER NOW for the LSA-DN Spring Meeting: https://bit.ly/2HA1NrU! Our meeting will take place in Washington, DC from April 22-24, 2020. Because April is prime tourist season in DC, you must book your hotel room by March 6, 2020 to guarantee the group rate.

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly: Lutheran Serviceswill hold a Hot Topics call featuring Kaiser Family Foundation's Ro...
02/14/2020

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly: Lutheran Services
will hold a Hot Topics call featuring
Kaiser Family Foundation's Robin Rudowitz, CMS proposes allowing states to use waiver process to alter Medicaid, and President Trump hits Medicaid/food stamps in a push to slash spending.
http://ow.ly/ot8h50ymX0J

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly: Lutheran Services
will hold a Hot Topics call featuring
Kaiser Family Foundation's Robin Rudowitz, CMS proposes allowing states to use waiver process to alter Medicaid, and President Trump hits Medicaid/food stamps in a push to slash spending.
http://ow.ly/ot8h50ymX0J

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly that includes important Medicaid news and an action alert: https://bit.ly/37cxYb1
02/10/2020

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly that includes important Medicaid news and an action alert: https://bit.ly/37cxYb1

Check out the latest LSA-DN Weekly that includes important Medicaid news and an action alert: https://bit.ly/37cxYb1

Thank you to Holly Rhodenhizer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc., Cody Lewton of Lutheran Services in Iowa a...
02/04/2020

Thank you to Holly Rhodenhizer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc., Cody Lewton of Lutheran Services in Iowa and Nate Hundt of Aptiv for their insightful presentations at the Culture and Engagement gathering at the LSA-DN Winter Meeting.

Thank you to Holly Rhodenhizer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc., Cody Lewton of Lutheran Services in Iowa and Nate Hundt of Aptiv for their insightful presentations at the Culture and Engagement gathering at the LSA-DN Winter Meeting.

A snapshot of some of the workgroups at this year's LSA-DN Winter Meeting focusing on innovative solutions grow and deve...
02/03/2020

A snapshot of some of the workgroups at this year's LSA-DN Winter Meeting focusing on innovative solutions grow and develop the Direct Support Professional Workforce. Kudos to LSA-DN Moderator Bill Kallestad for his thoughtful moderating during this session.

Image description: Three pictures of round tables, with tabletop easels and markers. People at this tables are deep in discussion and writing on the easels. The fourth picture is of LSA-DN Convener Bill Kallestad holding a microphone.

Thank you to LSA-DN members Pam Schuessler of KenCrest; Dan Conners of St Joseph Home Of Cincinnati; Terri Rodriguez of ...
02/03/2020

Thank you to LSA-DN members Pam Schuessler of KenCrest; Dan Conners of St Joseph Home Of Cincinnati; Terri Rodriguez of Lutheran Ministries of Mercy; and Marlin Wilkerson of Mosaic for sharing best practices in development at the LSA-DN Winter Meeting.

Image description: Four panelists are seated at a long table, with a micrphone, in front of a screen.

Thank you to LSA-DN members Pam Schuessler of KenCrest; Dan Conners of St Joseph Home Of Cincinnati; Terri Rodriguez of Lutheran Ministries of Mercy; and Marlin Wilkerson of Mosaic for sharing best practices in development at the LSA-DN Winter Meeting.

Image description: Four panelists are seated at a long table, with a micrphone, in front of a screen.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will now allow states to use the #Medicaid waiver p...
02/03/2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will now allow states to use the #Medicaid waiver process to change how the over 17 million people in 37 states who are covered under the Medicaid expansion receive healthcare coverage, putting at risk their current benefits and eligibility. CMS should not use the waiver process to remove coverage for vulnerable people for services including treatment for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues. Ask your lawmakers to tell CMS not to use the waiver process to cut Medicaid coverage. https://bit.ly/2Si6FXH

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will now allow states to use the #Medicaid waiver process to change how the over 17 million people in 37 states who are covered under the Medicaid expansion receive healthcare coverage, putting at risk their current benefits and eligibility. CMS should not use the waiver process to remove coverage for vulnerable people for services including treatment for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues. Ask your lawmakers to tell CMS not to use the waiver process to cut Medicaid coverage. https://bit.ly/2Si6FXH

In the latest DN weekly news, Social Security has issued a new proposed rule that would cut benefits for people with dis...
01/21/2020

In the latest DN weekly news, Social Security has issued a new proposed rule that would cut benefits for people with disabilities, Pennsylvania grapples over the closure of two state institutions, disability rights take center stage as Minnesota's legislature convenes and so much more. https://bit.ly/37hwGwn

In the latest DN weekly news, Social Security has issued a new proposed rule that would cut benefits for people with disabilities, Pennsylvania grapples over the closure of two state institutions, disability rights take center stage as Minnesota's legislature convenes and so much more. https://bit.ly/37hwGwn

Congratulations to LSA-DN leader Marian Baldini of KenCrest for receiving the Philadelphia Business Journal award for Mo...
01/07/2020

Congratulations to LSA-DN leader Marian Baldini of KenCrest for receiving the Philadelphia Business Journal award for Most Admired CEO, which recognizes Phila.'s most respected chief executives. Marian shares why courage is key for leadership and how to confront the fear of change.
https://bit.ly/2tz40jF

Congratulations to LSA-DN leader Marian Baldini of KenCrest for receiving the Philadelphia Business Journal award for Most Admired CEO, which recognizes Phila.'s most respected chief executives. Marian shares why courage is key for leadership and how to confront the fear of change.
https://bit.ly/2tz40jF

Right before the holidays the 5th CIrcuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the individual mandate porti...
01/06/2020
Appeals Court Rules ACA’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional | Lutheran Services in America

Right before the holidays the 5th CIrcuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act is now Unconstitutional. Check out our blog: https://bit.ly/39OHVhJ

Last week, the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, but declined to rule on the status of the rest of the law. The Appeals Court sent back to the court that had previously heard the case th...

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I want to start a foundation with your name to help my fellow kenyans though funds is what is less,if u provide funds for us,we shall deliver our services freely