IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT AACORN FARM.
ACT QUICKLY! NOVEMBER 16 DEADLINE
Michigan Protection & Advocacy is accepting input from the public on the new HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) rules that affect self advocacy and CHOICE for all adults
with disabilities in Michigan. The State of Michigan can choose to broaden its acceptance and include farm projects such as AACORN Farm, Benjamin’s Hope, and Special Dreams Farm, or it can go with stricter guidelines that would have a devastating effect on adults with autism/developmental disabilities by restricting both where they live and where they work. These new rules could deny funding to current programs and stifle new innovative programs that are being developed to increase choices for individuals with disabilities in Michigan.
We have made it easy to offer your support. Please cut and paste, then personalize, the following into an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON NOVEMBER 16.
THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to send your email. They DO make a difference when comments come in great numbers!
** include the name of the individual you know personally and your relationship: if you are family or friend.
To the Michigan P&A
My name is _________________________ and I am a resident of _________________County, Michigan. I have listed below in ALL CAPS my strongly held beliefs that individuals with disabilities must have their CHOICE of Home and Community Based Services respected.
**I am the family (or) the friend of _________________, an individual with a developmental disability. I am concerned that his/her HCBS choice may be restricted or denied based on new HCBS guidelines that limit individual choice.
Priority #2: Increase the protection of individual rights, independence and self-determination.
* Objective 2A: Individuals with disabilities will not be deprived of their rights and will be able to engage in self advocacy. SELF ADVOCACY MUST RESPECT THE INDIVIDUAL’S PERSON CENTERED PLANNING HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES CHOICE. PERSON CENTERED PLANNING CHOICES SHOULD NEVER BE RESTRICTED OR DENIED BASED ON A NARROW INTERPRETATION OF WHAT CONSTITUTES APPROPRIATE HOME OR COMMUNITY BASED SETTINGS.
Priority 4: Improve access to services.
* Objective 4A: Individuals with disabilities will be assured services, including housing, transportation and assistive technology, identified to support them in the HOME AND COMMUNITY OF THEIR PREFERRED CHOICE AS EXPLORED AND DOCUMENTED IN THEIR PERSON CENTERED PLANNING PROCESS.
* Objective 4B: Governmental entities and providers of critical services will be accessible and provide needed accommodations.
* Objective 4C: Individuals with disabilities will have access to services, including assistive technology, which supports THEIR RETENTION OR TRANSITION TO A HOME AND COMMUNITY OF THEIR PREFERRED CHOICE AS EXPLORED AND DOCUMENTED IN THEIR PERSON CENTERED PLANNING PROCESS.
Thank you for this opportunity to express my support for CHOICE and SELF ADVOCACY for all individuals with development disabilities.