[Madison House Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded to identify the lifelong needs of adults with autism and through education, awareness, and advocacy, fill those needs.]
Voices Uniting: Coalition for Community Choice
The Coalition for Community Choice has come together as a unified voice for increasing options and decreasing barriers to housing choices.
Several years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule change that included changes that defined what settings people with disabilities could use for their Home & Community-Based Service (HCBS) waivers, a funding resource that offers people the chance for greater choice of their desired service providers. Ironically, the proposed policy actually restricted options, and the responses to these changes were overwhelming (See LTO Venture’s Choice v Olmstead for a great commentary).
These changes provoked another round of modifications and release for public comment, which, despite previous feedback, continued to include restrictive definitions of “home and community”. The final version was just released, and the CCC is writing a policy brief to explain what these changes may mean for current housing options and the future development of innovative housing for people with disabilities. With almost one million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still living with caregivers over the age of 60, policy should not be creating any barriers to new affordable housing options.
- 5 million people have autism or other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs), but residential placements are only available for 613,000 and barely increasing to meet the current need.
- Current data shows that there are still more than 200,000 individuals younger than 65 in nursing homes—almost 16 percent of the total nursing home population.
If you believe people with disabilities should have the broadest range of affordable and accessible housing options, please contact Desiree at DKameka@MadisonHouseAutism.org to add your name and/or organization to the growing list of CCC supporters and stay connected for future advocacy alerts.
For more information: see the CCC statement of principles and list of current supporters.