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Independence from waiting. 
                                   Freedom from institutions.


           Community Now! responds to the Sunset 
      Commission 
Recommendation to Close 6 SSLCs


Texas Public Radio interviews Joe Tate, Policy Specialist for Community Now!  Click here to listen to the interview.  

INVEST IN COMMUNITY STATEMENT! Please sign!

Community Now! wants to hear from YOU!

CN! is conducting a survey to better understand your specific long-term services and supports needs and barriers to access. Available in English and Spanish.

Upcoming CN! Events

On-going monthly CN! Board Meetings - Click here
On-going monthly Austin CN! Coalition Meetings - Click 
here

Information & Public Input

INFORMATION...  


Disability Issues Forum - September 24, 2014

Disability Voting Action Project  (DVAP) Texas: learn more here

Expansion of Medicaid Managed Care - Letters from HHSC

HCBS Advocacy - information and resources regarding the new Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule

HHSC Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives website.

HHSC You Tube Video: STAR+PLUS, A Preview of What to Expect

MDCP denials: Click 
here for more information



INPUT... 

Community Now! INVEST IN COMMUNITY Statement

General Election - November 4, 2014 - Eligible Texans who are not already registered to vote MUST be registered by October 6, 2014 to vote in the November 4th Election.  

Housing Survey

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) are holding a HCBS Rules Public Stakeholder meeting - October 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
You can submit written comments before, during, and after the public stakeholder meeting to:

◦ HHSC for the 1915(i) and (k) programs at: Medicaid_HCBS_Rule@hhsc.state.
tx.us;

◦ DADS programs (HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, DBMD and MDCP) at PDO@dads.state.tx.us; and

◦ DSHS for the YES waiver to: Medicaid_HCBS_Rule@hhsc.state.tx.us.


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People ask, 
        "How can someone abuse a person who is disabled?" 

We ask, 
        "How can so many people - good people - NOT do anything 
         about it?"


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Join the movement


The disability rights movement, an ongoing struggle by individuals who live life with a disability label to gain full citizenship, is a civil rights issue. Many individuals, due to their disability, have been denied equality, independence, autonomy and full access to society.

It is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for individuals who have a developmental disability. In addressing those barriers through positive awareness efforts, fears and negative attitudes can be replaced with knowledge and understanding.
 

We are inviting everyone to participate - to look beyond an individual's disability to picture that person's potential, seeing the individual's unique abilities, capabilities and contributions. To be an inspirer; to encourage families and individuals who have a disability to work toward their own dreams, and raise awareness and understanding within your community.  If we can dream it, we can achieve it! 

        "In the end, we will remember not the words of our 
        enemies, but the SILENCE of our friends."
-- MLK, Jr.