North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium (NDDAC)

Public Policy Priorities – 2013

 

  • Special Education issues, assuring continued access to free and appropriate public education

  • Development of health exchanges and essential benefits packages for physical and behavioral health (Affordable Care Act implementation)

  • Increased funding for guardianship for people with disabilities (non-DD)

  • Increased availability of affordable, accessible, housing for people with disabilities

  • Medicaid expansion

  • Rebalancing of funding between Long Term Care and Home and Community-based Services

  • Support of the Employment First Initiative to get more people with disabilities to work

  • Increased funding for Qualified Service Providers (QSP) and Benefits Planners (VR OAR)

  • Funding to allow Vocational Rehabilitation to discontinue Order of Selection

  • Increased funding for ISLA services for individuals with DD/ID

  • Increased funding for Head Injury Association of ND

  • Increased funding for community-based mental health services

  • Service for provision or individuals with DD/ID but not MR

  • Address service gap for individuals with disabilities aged 18-21

  • Support Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research and reduce the financial burden of MS prescription drugs

  • Increased funding for ND Recovery Centers and ND Peer Support Programs

  • Support an increase in the Medicaid FPL from 115 to 130%

  • Increased funding for community-based in-hospital private psychiatric services reimbursements;

  • Funding of case-management FTE’s for private community hospitals related to behavioral health services.

  • Support efforts to increase the number of affordable and accessible rental housing units in the state.

  • Support the Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force recommendations presented to the Interim.

  • Support Transition to the Community Task Force goals (ND Developmental Center downsizing)

  • Support Corporate Guardianship request for funding

  • Support increasing the Personal Needs Allowance from $85 to $100/month

  • Increased state funding for transit services in ND

  • Increase state funding for the Older Blind Program that is a part of ND Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Inflationary salary increase of a minimum of 4% for all Medicaid providers

  • $1.00 per hour increase for all DD staff

  • Increase Medicaid provider benefits from 33% to 36%

  • Support funding to continue development of new payment system

  • Support funding for wages/benefits in oil country