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Governor Wolf’s Employment First Policy Becomes Law

On June 19, 2018, the policy that the governor established by executive order in 2016 became a Pennsylvania statute to increase competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities

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An Advocate Guide to Community HealthChoices in Pennsylvania

This comprehensive, easy-to-understand handbook was prepared by the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) to provide advocates with a resource for understanding Community HealthChoices and contact information to CARIE and other organizations for when issues or concerns arise.

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Support Needed for HR 5658: Workplace Choice and Flexibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act

This bill will restore common sense to the definition of competitive integrated employment and provide increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces New Executive Director

Mercedes Witowsky will lead the daily work of the NJCDD in its mission to advocate for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities

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Giving Students With Disabilities a Voice and a Choice

PennWorks is a unique, community-wide partnership that incorporates national certifications into traditional career training, so that certificate holders can transport their skills throughout an industry, instead of being tied to one specific employer.

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CMS announces its first rural health strategy

The strategy’s chief initiative is formally analyzing what impact any future rulemakings will have on rural providers and communities.

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New in New Jersey: the Stephen Komninos Law

Effective May 1, 2018, every person who is employed by or volunteering in any DHS-funded, licensed or regulated program serving adults with developmental disabilities is subject to the requirements of this law.

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Wesley Family Services to Build An Anchor in the New Kensington, PA Redevelopment Effort

The Pioneer Apartments to be built in New Kensington this year will be the first multifamily housing project by Wesley Family Services, which currently offers supported housing for about 200 people in various apartments and in 20 group homes in four counties. The new building will house offices for Wesley, along with a variety of human services, such as mental health, drug and economic development.

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Supreme Court Ruling Alters IEP Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous March 2017 decision holds school districts to a higher standard by requiring IEPs be “appropriately ambitious,” so families should not hesitate to go for a more robust, challenging IEP goal and objective as IEP season swings into full gear.

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Second Site for AHN/Highmark Health Plan to Build Micro-Hospitals A Step Closer to Approval

Supervisor Bob Exler calls a proposed micro-hospital for his town a “godsend:” “We have a lot of elderly people in Harmar. It will be a lot closer to get to than maybe St. Margaret’s. When you’re in dire need — and I found out when I had a heart attack — that five or 10 minutes traveling time makes a big difference.”

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