National Disability Leadership Alliance - Principles to Ensure Consumer-Driven Managed Care
The National Disability Leadership Alliance has developed the following principles and urges that they be applied fully by both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and individual state Medicaid programs as they examine ways to broaden the application of managed care to beneficiaries with significant disabilities in the interest of containing spiraling health care costs. The National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) is a coalition of 14 leading national disability organizations (including NCMHR) led by individuals living with significant disabilities themselves and supported by grassroots constituencies living with disabilities in all states and the District of Columbia. Click here to read the document (PDF, 239KB, 6 pages).
UN Torture Rapporteur Calls for Ban on Solitary Confinement of People with Mental Disabilities
The Rapporteur calls for a complete ban against use of solitary confinement for people with disabilities, saying "there is no justification to hold people with mental problems in solitary confinement for it only exacerbates their problems instead of protecting them. Click here to watch the webcast of his remarks.
National Coalition and Advocates Seek Disability Focus in National Healthcare Reform Implementation
We urge you to include the improvement of the health of people with disabilities, including those with chronic health conditions, as a major goal in the National Health Quality Strategy and Plan, recognize people with disabilities as major stakeholders in all quality initiatives, and make sure people with disabilities are included in the healthy people/community health initiatives. Click here to read the entire letter (PDF, 31KB, 6 pages).
Disability Leadership Meet With White House Staff on Health Reform
On August 27, 2009 as a follow-up to the meeting that President Obama had with disability community representatives on July 24, a group of advocates for home and community-based long-term services and supports met with Nancy-Ann DeParle and other senior staff at the White House to discuss the Community First Choice - Option. [Click to view full story...]
National Coalition invited to historic signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Washington DC, July 24, 2009
Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., represented the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations at President Obama's historic signing of (the commitment to sign) the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The actual signing will be carried out at the UN on July 30 by the President’s special assistant Valerie Jarret. Daniel Fisher wrote the following note to the White House Office of Public Engagement which conducted the event: [Click to view] [Visit www.whitehouse.gov/ope]
Last week, the Steering Committee of a new national disability-led coalition
called the Justice for All Action Network (JFAAN) met for an hour with two
senior White House officials to discuss some of our common policy priorities.
Please note: The Justice for All Action Network is now the National Disability Leadership Alliance (www.disabilityleadership.org)
Mobilizing Our Community as a Culture of Voters
"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men." – Lyndon Johnson
Voting does more than elect politicians. Through the act of voting, people become dynamic players in the political arena where policy decisions are made and both their political and personal power grows. They become active citizens, connected with the community of voters.
Unfortunately, according to US Census data, people with disabilities,
including mental health disabilities, are 15% less likely to be registered to
vote and 20% less likely to vote if registered. The issue of mobilizing our
community as a 'culture of voters' is multi-faceted and requires a comprehensive
approach to remedy. As an organizer focusing on cross-disability advocacy and
citizen participation over the past six years, I've been fortunate to work with
a community of skilled advocates. Here are three steps we have learned can
Congressional Leadership, Justice For All Action Network Kick Off 20th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration
At a press event at the Capitol Building on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5) and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) joined the leadership of the Justice For All Action Network (JFAAN) in kicking off the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To read the full press release, click here.
Interview with Kareem Dale, Obama's top disability adviser on ADA's 20th
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