Disability & Public Health News

Welcome to AAHD’s weekly electronic update, “Disability and Public Health News.” Each Tuesday, AAHD will provide an overview of the prior week’s media coverage on topics related to disability and public health. Our goal is to keep our colleagues and friends informed of disability and public health topics in the media at the local, state and national level. It is our intent that this weekly information will support you in your work. Please send us your comments to contact@aahd.us and feel free to share the weekly updates with your colleagues.

Week of July 7, 2020

Understanding the Direct Support Workforce in the U.S. for Persons with ID/DD June 2 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Journal announced article abstract Learn more here. Direct Support Workforce for Persons with ID/DD – COVID-19 Survey Results July 1 University of MN, Institute on Community Integration and NADSP shared survey summary Learn more here. Integrating Services […]

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Week of June 30, 2020

Developing and Implementing State Olmstead Plans To Increase Access To Community-Based Services June 22 SAMHSA-NASMHPD-Bazelon Ctr webinar materials Learn more here. Long-Term Services & Supports Coordinator: A Promising (Massachusetts) Practice To Advance Independent Living, Recovery, and Integrated Care June 15 Brandeis Community Living Policy Center webinar materials Learn more here. How COVID-19 Can Spark Transformative […]

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Week of June 23, 2020

Housing Disparities for People with Disabilities: Unaffordable, Inadequate, and Dangerous June 17 NIDILRR NARIC shared April Brandeis U Community Living Policy Center brief Learn more here. Homelessness and COVID-19: A Merger of 2 Epidemics June 18 NIHCM webinar materials Learn more here. Future Planning for the Homelessness Response Systems: Lessons from Seattle/King County, Los Angeles, […]

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Week of June 16, 2020

Health Care Person-Centered Profile Template June 10 ACL funded, NCAPPS shared template Learn more here. HHS OCR – Hospital Visits Policies Must Accommodate Persons with Disabilities June 9 HHS OCR announcement and June 9 disability advocates statement Learn more here. CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Fund Distribution and Application for Medicaid and CHIP Providers June 9 […]

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Week of June 9, 2020

Reaching People with Disabilities Through Inclusive Healthy Communities CDC-NCBDDD funded, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors project. The project is currently conducting a series of webinars. When webinar resources are posted on the project website, AAHD will share. Learn more here. Caring for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings […]

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Week of June 2, 2020

COVID-19 and Direct Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities – CDC Guidance May 28 CDC website posting Learn more here. COVID-19 and Group Homes for Persons with Disabilities – CDC Guidance March 28 CDC website posting Learn more here. COVID-19 and ID/DD: Case Fatality Trends May 24 Disability and Health Journal article; there is a […]

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Week of May 26, 2020

Ensuring Continuity of Home-and-Community-Based Services (HCBS) During the COVID-19 Pandemic May 18 ACL & CMS shared April 23 promising practices webinar materials Learn more here. CMS: COVID-19 Emergency Medicaid Waivers Must Comply with Olmstead (ADA) Obligations May 21 CMS announced document Learn more here. Standardizing Quality Measures for Complex Care May 21 National Center for […]

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Week of May 19, 2020

COVID-19 and Disability Survey Summary Report The American Association on Health & Disability is pleased to release the COVID-19 & Disability Survey Summary Report. The purpose of the survey was to conduct a rapid, real-time online assessment of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on access to healthcare on adults with a range of disabilities & was […]

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Week of May 12, 2020

Medicaid: Home-and-Community-Based Services (HCBS)/Money Follows the Person/Core Quality Measures/Managed Care Plans Quality Reporting May 5 CMS announced Medicaid and CHIP Additional FAQs Learn more here. Recognition of Family Caregivers in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Plan Programs April 24 ADvancing States announced AARP report Learn more here. Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults Through […]

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Week of May 5, 2020

Collecting Disability Data and COVID-19 April 27 Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Rights co-chairs letter to HHS-CDC-CMS Learn more here. Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid: Integration of Care Updates and Policy Options April 15 Bipartisan Policy Center two white papers Learn more here. Roadmap To Recovery: A Public Health […]

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