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December 2014
Advocating for People with Disabilities Since 1949
Knowledge is Key
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Comment: HCBS
Transition Plan
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Who’s Who at ACA 4
This last year has been
challenging and rewarding. As
a nonprofit serving people with
developmental disabilities we
are seeing a decrease in
available funding for services,
an increase in exploitation of
people with disabilities, and
unfunded enhanced mandates
for community services for
people with home and
community based waivers.
Cuts in funding to the
Department of Human Services,
Community Supports and
Treatment Services, and Social
Security are jeopardizing the
rights of individuals with
developmental disabilities to
receive the services and support
needed to feel safe and fully
included in the communities in
which they live. New cases of
abuse, negligence, and fraud are
brought to our attention weekly
in the course of our advocacy.
younger generations. It’s too easy
to forget the history of state-run
institutions, self-contained
classrooms, and unprosecuted
abuse and neglect of people with
developmental disabilities.
Unfortunately, all of these are on
the rise. We need to come together
to promote positive change and
help one another remember that
people with developmental
disabilities are entitled to fully
included lives in their communities
with the supports they need being
provided by the laws that were
enacted to protect their rights.
I am looking forward to 2015
being the year to increase awareness
of the rights and needs of people
with developmental disabilities.
Kathy Homan
What can we do? We can do
what we do best: advocate and
encourage advocacy among
ACA Mission: To ensure that people with disabilities and their families have choices,
opportunities, and the supports they need to be fully included in community life through
advocacy and education.
We envision a community that fully supports equality, dignity, respect and inclusion for all
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Knowledge is Key, Our Current Speaker Series!
Presented by:
Washtenaw Association
for Community Advocacy
(734) 662-1256
Partners in Personal
Assistance (PPA),
(734) 214-3890
Limited seating –
reservations at one of
the above numbers
All workshops are on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Washtenaw Community
College Gunder Myran Building, Room 316 (West end of WCC campus, 4800 E.
Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.) Free parking; light refreshments served.
February 17
December 9
Sex & Healthy Relationships for
Adults with Disabilities
Michigan Rehab Services (MRS)
and Work Incentives Planning and
Assistance (WIPA)
Choosing & Supervising
Competent Caregivers
April 21
January 20
Housing Options for Seniors and
People with Disabilities
February 3
What Parents and Providers Need
to Know: Starting a Conversation
with Youth About Sex & Healthy
3 Ways to Support Our Work
March 24
Social Media – Linking Safely
with the Rest of the World
May 19
Preventing and Responding to
Physical and Sexual Abuse of
People with Disabilities
Please consider becoming a member
or making a tax-deductable contribution:
By check payable to Washtenaw ACA
1100 N. Main, Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
By credit card at
Thank you!
Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy is
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Michigan Opens Community Comment Period for HCBS
Transition Plan
Home and community-based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for Medicaid
beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community. These programs serve a
variety of targeted populations groups, such as people with mental illnesses, intellectual or
developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.
The final federal Home and Community-Based Services regulations set forth new
requirements for several Medicaid authorities under which states may provide home and
community-based, long-term services and supports. The regulations enhance the quality of
HCBS and provide additional protections to individuals who receive services under these
Medicaid authorities.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has issued the final draft of
Michigan’s transition plan for implementing these changes and is seeking public comment
until December 24, 2014. MDCH has excluded the B Waiver from this transition plan.
To read the transition plan visit: Michigan.gov/mdch/
1. Click on: Health Care Coverage in the left column
2. Click on: Home and Community-Based Services Program Transition
(under Spotlight in the center of the webpage)
3. Click on:Michigan's Draft Statewide Transition Plan for Home and CommunityBased Settings in the center of the page to read the plan.
4. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the project documents
for additional information.
5. You may submit comments regarding the transition plan by e-mail
to [email protected] or by mail to: Attention: HCBS Program
Transition, Medicaid Policy, Michigan Department of Community Health,
P.O. Box 30479, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979
The Michigan Department of Community Health has not invited any person(s) with
disabilities or disability advocates to be part of the transition development team. When an
advocacy group asked about this exclusion during the last webinar, an MDCH employee
stated “we post information for your reaction”.
ACA encourages everyone to review the final draft and submit your comments before
the December 24, 2014 deadline.
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with Disabilities
for People
Disabilities Since 1949
RICC: Champion for change in our community
ACA Provides ongoing
support to our local
Washtenaw RICC.
The Washtenaw
RICC meets on the 4
Tuesday of each
month from 2pm-4pm
at Select Ride: 2050
Commerce Blvd., Ann
Arbor, MI 48103. For
more information,
contact ACA. All are
What does RICC stand for? RICC stands for “Regional Inclusive
Community Coalition.” A RICC is a group of people with
developmental disabilities, their friends, and family members.
Membership is also extended to local advocates, community leaders,
and service providers. What do RICCs do? RICCs build
community coalitions, sponsor learning opportunities, and provide
training and support to rally around issues. RICCs areas of
emphasis are typically transportation, education, employment,
housing, health, and quality of life. RICCs also help their members
learn critical information, build confidence, develop leadership skills,
and become stronger advocates. Join the Region One RICCs on
Facebook! Region One includes Washtenaw, Wayne, Livingston,
Oakland, St. Clair, Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Monroe, and
Macomb counties. Like our page to stay informed and connected:
Returning Board Members for 2015!
Lori Burke, Chair
Ken Lessnau, Treasurer
Valerie Dockter, Vice Chair
Jack Novodoff
Welcome New Board Members!
Ken Dignan, Secretary
Blair Gerdes
Rawlin Myers
Who’s Who at ACA
Melissa Epstein
Kevin McMahon
NEW Center
1100 N. Main Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Toll Free:
Kathy Homan – President/CEO
Christina Oliver – Community Work Incentive Coordinator
Jen Gossett - Region One Coordinator
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Tracy McClatchey – Educational Advocate
Jennifer Reets – Controller
Beth Garlock – Office Manager, Family Support Subsidy Coordinator
Emily Pasternak – Trusts, Development Coordinator
Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy is affiliated with The Arc Michigan and The Arc of the
United States and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit us at: www.washtenawaca.org