EMERGENCY FEDERAL RELIEF FUNDING IS NEEDED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THOSE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
We have one more chance to ask our members of Congress to support the needs of the disability community, which includes people with developmental disabilities, their families and the workforce that provides their care, in the next pandemic stimulus bill.
The Senate’s HEALS Act left out provisions that protect the needs of the disability community during the pandemic. Negotiations between the two houses stalled before the recess. In the coming weeks, the House of Representatives will be releasing a new relief package that we hope will address the critical needs of Americans with disabilities during this national public health crisis.
We are asking the entire disability community to TAKE ACTION and make sure the Senate and the House include the disability community in the final negotiated package.
Your members of Congress need to hear from you so that the following provisions are seen as a priority and remain in the bill that ultimately passes both houses of Congress:
- Dedicated funding for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). These funds are necessary to serve people with disabilities in their homes and communities and will provide better wages and support for the direct support professional (DSP) workforce. Access to HCBS will limit the risk of people with disabilities being put in institutions.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals. This is urgently needed to protect the health and safety of this critical workforce. DSPs must be designated as essential workers so that they can get access to the PPE and medical supplies they need.
- Paid leave for all caregivers. As more people with disabilities lose their usual sources of care, family caregivers are scrambling and need access to paid leave and sick days to help their loved ones. All family caregivers should be included in the emergency paid leave provisions.
We need your support in this critical moment! #WeAreEssential