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Proposed iBudget Rules Invalidated

July 25, 2014

Tallahassee, FL (July 25, 2014) – The First District Court of Appeals (DCA) reversed an administrative law judge's order this week and invalidated iBudget rules proposed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). The First DCA said APD did not have the statutory authority to implement the proposed rules.

APD has posted a response on its website. You may read that here. APD Director Barbara Palmer told The Arc of Florida this morning that restored cost plans will remain in place until the agency develops a new algorithm and promulgates a new rule.

The Arc of Florida is monitoring the situation and will have additional updates about how it will impact families as warranted.

 
Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 24

July 25, 2014

By Pat Young, President of The Arc of Florida

Tallahassee, FL (July 24, 2014) - This month marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's a civil rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against people based on their disability. The ADA applies to discrimination in employment, state and local government services, privately operated public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.

The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), has seen positive changes in these areas since the ADA was signed into law in 1990. Just a few years before its passage, many Floridians with I/DD were institutionalized. Today, many are living and working in their community.

While great strides have been made in our society, discrimination still exists. Attitudes, poor enforcement of the law, underfunded programs and fiscal difficulties in state and local government budgets all contribute to the on-going need to be vigilant advocates for full inclusion and equality.

There are still issues here in Florida. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case Olmstead v. L.C. that unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions is a form of discrimination. Despite this, our state continues to house some individuals with I/DD in institutions and children in nursing homes.

We hope our elected leaders will work to fund additional community-based programs, ensuring that all Floridians are treated equally and able to live in the community, where they belong.

 
Agency for Health Care Administration Withdraws Proposed iBudget Handbook

June 4, 2014

Tallahassee, FL (June 4, 2014) – The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has withdrawn the version of the iBudget handbook that was proposed for adoption at a public hearing on May 14, 2014.

"We thank AHCA for withdrawing this version of the handbook and look forward to working with them to develop one that promotes community-based programs for the individuals we serve," said Deborah Linton, chief executive officer of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Arc of Florida objected to the latest version of the handbook after noticing it was not the same draft that stakeholders spent the last three years working on. The Arc had concerns about numerous changes that could have significantly limited many direct care services. The Arc's rule challenge to the proposed handbook will be withdrawn, with the hope of working cooperatively on a new draft.

 

 
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