Home and community-based services will get a boost through the latest American Rescue Plan, which is much-needed but only provides funding for one year. Congress must get behind pending legislation to provide dedicated and continued supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Without these supports, we will not move the needle on inclusion and equity.
The memory of the coronavirus pandemic’s awful toll in nursing homes is still raw. Now, the COVID-19 relief bill is offering states a generous funding boost for home- and community-based care as an alternative to institutionalizing disabled people. “What we really want is that when our loved ones need support, we are going to be able reach out and get that support without another battle,” said Sullivan, who has two sons with autism. “We don’t want to have our kids cut out just because the potholes need to be fixed in the states.”
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