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Moms In Motion/At Home Your Way needs your help to transform the dysfunctional system of services for people with disabilities. The Arc of Virginia, in collaboration with vaACCSES, have worked in partnership to develop a Disability System Rescue Plan for the General Assembly. This package focuses on equity and sustainability for our disability system.  Here are just a few things that impact you:

  • You want to continue to be the paid attendant for your minor child or spouse so that they can receive consistent, quality care for that individual, keeping them safe while sustaining your family financially. The appendix K flexibility that allows spouses and parents of minor children with disabilities to be the paid caregivers needs to be permanent so that you will no longer be forced to choose between working outside of your home and caring for your loved one.
  • You want consumer-directed services to remain sustainable so that you have a choice in providers for the long-haul, but the current service provider rates make that difficult. In fact, Consumer-Directed Providers (like Service Facilitators) have not had a rate adjustment in at least 12 years, all while the administrative burden has increased year over year.  As a result, there are fewer and fewer qualified providers for you to choose from.
  • You want to continue to receive your Home and Community Based Services (like Service Facilitation) via Telehealth to keep your family safe, not just because of COVID, but ongoing because of the Flu or other viruses, because someone in your home is immunocompromised, or because you or your loved one are at high risk for illness due to another medical condition.  Telehealth needs to be a permanent choice of delivery method for you and your family for all of your Home and Community Based Services, including Service Facilitation, to keep your vulnerable family safe.    

 

Your Voice Matters!  Your voice is the one that your Virginia legislators listen to. Here’s how you can help:

  • Sign and share this petition.  Now’s the time!  The special committee is in session to make decisions on the budget. Amplify your voice!  Your signature represents a desire to make necessary changes for your family and those like yours and to sustain your services permanently and safely.  It says you are concerned about the long-term risk to disability services associated with ignoring these issues. 

 

  1. Tell them how your family has remained safe and financially stable because you have been able to be the paid attendant for your spouse or minor child.  Ask them to make the Appendix K flexibility allowing parents and spouses to be paid caregivers a permanent change.
  2. Tell them that you want Consumer Direct to remain a viable option which it is not at current rates.  Ask them to fully fund a rate increase for all Home and Community Based Services Providers, including Consumer-Directed Service Facilitation, which is not currently in the Governor’s Proposed Budget, but should be.
  3. Tell them how your family has been able to safely use your services throughout the pandemic thanks to the Telehealth Delivery Method option. Tell them to keep your family safe, even after the pandemic.  Ask them to make the telehealth delivery method a permanent option for ALL Home and Community Based Service Providers, including Consumer-Directed Providers, like Service Facilitation.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. Sign this petition 
  2. Contact your legislators today
  3. Download your 2022 Arc of Virginia Advocacy Toolkit

Self-Advocacy

Overview

Active citizen participation is an integral part of a functioning representative democracy. As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is your right to voice your opinion regarding pending legislation. There are many ways in which citizens can communicate with their legislator; phone calls, letters, email, or through visits to their legislative offices.

As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of your greatest responsibilities is to help elect the legislators who represent all Virginians. But your role in the democratic process of government does not end at the polls. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your elected officials, you help them resolve issues and evaluate pending legislation.

There are a number of online resources available on the Virginia General Assembly website to assist you in taking an active role in the legislative process:

Virginia General Assembly

The Who’s My Legislator? service is an online tool where the public at-large can determine what legislators represent them. Users can enter their home address or use map based navigation to see their Virginia House and Senate representatives, as well as those in the U.S. House and Senate.

Tips for Writing to Your Senator or Delegate

Senators or Delegates want to hear from their constituents. Writing an effective letter or email is a way to correspond with them. Be sure to write the Senator or Delegate who represents you. Mass mailings (email or letter) are not as effective as personal correspondence.

  • Be sure to include your contact information. Even in an email, include your full name, home address, phone number and email address. You may not get a response from them if you do not include your contact information.
  • The date you are writing the letter or email.
  • Keep the letter or email brief, to the point, and no more than one page.
    Be courteous and do not use vulgar or profane language.
  • Clearly state the purpose of your correspondence and provide an example of the situation you are trying to address.
  • The letter should address one issue.
  • Thank the Senator or Delegate for taking the time to read the letter.
  • If you are writing about a specific bill or resolution, include the bill or resolution number. Listed below are the written formats for bills or resolutions that should be included in the email or letter:
    • Senate Bill: “SB___”
    • Senate Joint Resolution: “SJR___”
    • Senate Resolution: “SR___”
    • House Bill: ”HB___”
    • House Joint Resolution: ”HJR___”
    • House Resolution: ”HR___”

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