Access Living Comments on HHS Strategic Plan

Access Living is the Center for Independent Living for the Chicago metropolitan area.  They work to foster an inclusive society enabling Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives in their homes and communities.  Access Living provided wide-ranging, detailed comments and feedback on a variety of crucial topics (listed below) in response on the Draft of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan, for Federal Fiscal Years 2018-2022.

 Read the full commentary here: Access Living Comments HHS Strategic Plan 10.27.17

 

Selected topics included:

Adverse Selection (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 174-75, 332-34, 357-58):

Transitions between care settings (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 270-72, 1083-85)

Behavioral health integration with primary care (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 273-74)

Disability-competent care (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 290-91, 292-93, 294-96, 339-40, 489-92)

Data collection (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 303-05, 1123-25)

Person-centered models of care (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 381-83)

Assurance of adequate networks of providers (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 384-85)

Availability of in-home services and supports (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 388-91)

Inclusion of people with disabilities in the health care and public health workforce (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 394-96, 428-29, 433-34)

Health literacy of people with disabilities (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 493-96)

Peer recovery support specialists (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 690-91, 694-95)

Employment of people with disabilities (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 896-99, 906-07)

Short-term “welfare to work” programs (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 89-92, 878-83, 893-95)

Supported housing and employment (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 692-93)

Protection of individual rights of people with disabilities (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 696-97)

Relaxation of HIPAA confidentiality rules for people with mental health conditions (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 736-40)

Emergency and disaster planning, response, and recovery (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 786-88, 789-92); inclusion of disability community (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 822-24).

Domestic abuse intervention (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 935-36)

Home- and community-based services (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 1067-68, 1069-71, 1090-92, 1093-94, 1101-03, 1104-06)

Executive Order 13771, the “two for one” regulation policy (HHS Strategic Plan, Lines 1501-07)

 

IMPORTANT TOPICS NOT ADDRESSED IN STRATEGIC PLAN

Role of Centers for Independent Living

Complex Rehabilitation Technology

Killings of and injuries to people with disabilities by police