MISILC Seeks Senator Support For Disability Integration Act

People with disabilities deserve choices.  The choice to live at home with Long Term Services and Supports should be an option.  Yet, that choice can be taken away from individuals with disabilities.  Forcing individuals into institutions - such as nursing homes - still happens in 2016.  

There is new piece of legislation introduced to the Senate.  It is the S.2427, the Disability Integration Act.  This act will give people with disabilities supports and options for independent living.  The Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council board supports this important piece of legislation.  

MISILC sent letters to Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters asking for co sponsorship of S.2427, the Disability Integration Act.  The Disability Integration Act was introduced by Senator Schumer on December 18, 2015.

The bill states:

“The Disability Integration Act (DIA)  is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights.  The legislation (S.2427) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization.  It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.”    

The bill removes preferences within insurance coverage for supports for persons with disabilities.  Instead of providing service in institutional settings, it sets a preference for community-integrated services.  The DIA will allow an individual with a disability to remain a connected and positive member of their community.  It also allows for services to be provided at a lower cost and with more long-term success.  

For more information about the Disability Integration Act, visit http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/