vaACCSES

Public Policy

 
2017 Public Policy Platform
 
vaACCSES supports:

  • Guaranteed access to services and information about the full spectrum of employment options, day activities and residential choices consistent with the basic principle of informed choice included in the ADA and the Olmstead Decision.
  • Provider rates based on service definitions, living wages for direct service professionals, regional market-based costs, and reviewed a minimum of every year to ensure statewide access to quality supports for individuals with disabilities.
  • Enhanced state policies and procurement opportunities that increase equal opportunity and employment of Virginians with disabilities.
  • Coordinated and consistent guidance across regulatory, funding and licensing bodies that enhances effective and efficient service delivery to Virginians with disabilities.
  • Promotion of its member organizations as valued economic development partners in "Building a New Virginia Economy" and as major employer of Virginians with and without disabilities including Veterans with disabilities.

 
Legislative Agenda 2017 (Final Draft)

Click Here for 2017 full legislative agenda.

STRENGTHEN community-based services to meet the existing and future critical needs of all Virginians with disabilities.

  1. SUPPORT Jobs and Employment Supports for All Virginians
    • RESTORE and SUPPORT funding that provides critical employment supports and maintains jobs for Virginians with disabilties (LTESS/EES)
    • RESTORE and SUPPORT adequate funding for community-based Group Supported Employment
    • SUPPORT state policies and procurement opportunities that increase equal opportunity and employment for Virginians with disabilities.
      • Fully implement Chapter 525, Statutes of 2016 to count contracts to ESOs towards VA's SWaM goals.
      • Increase employment of Virginians with disabilties within state government and through its state contracts by 5% within five years, or by 2023.
    • ENSURE that a full continuum and array of employment options are available to all individuals with disabilities consistent with the basic principle of informed choice included in the ADA and the Olmstead decision.
  2. SUPPORT provider rates based on service definitions, living wages for direct services professionals, regional market-based costs that are adjusted annually to ensure statewide access to quality supports and community capacity for individuals with disabilities in accordance with the U.S. Dept. of Justice Settlement Agreement.
  3. SUPPORT adequate funding for the ID/DD Waiver Redesign.
    • Restore $10M to Waiver Waiting List funding
    • Provide additional waiver slots to address the ID/DD Waiver Waiting List crisis.
  4. SUPPORT increase in statewide availability of services for individuals with disabilities including individuals with psychiatric disorders and individuals with brain injury including veterans and wounded warriors.
  5. PROMOTE language and/or influence action to diminish over-regulation and unfuned mandates on community-based providers of services.

 

For more information contact Karen Tefelski, Executive Director, ktefelski@vaaccses.org or 703/200-7660