Lutheran Services in America Disability Network
Public Policy and Advocacy
The Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) supports public policy that preserves and strengthens Medicaid for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In order to ensure that Medicaid policy continues to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, LSA-DN supports the following principles:
(1) People with intellectual and developmental disabilities depend on Medicaid policy that provides adequate and equitable services based on individual needs;
(2) People with intellectual and developmental disabilities depend on Medicaid policy that mandates flexible services and regulations for integrated community living;
(3) All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must have access to Medicaid supports as needed; and
(4) Medicaid policy must be coordinated with other vital supports and services.
LSA-DN’s 2012 public policy priorities include addressing the waiting lists for home and community-based services, housing needs, a temporary increase in the federal Medicaid matching rate and ineffectual regulations.
To learn more about LSA-DN’s public policy and advocacy priorities, join the interactive website, www.lsadnadvocacy.org. The website features a blog, discussion forums, videos, articles, feature stories and other resources to help you learn about the importance of Medicaid funded services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.
In addition to www.lsadnadvocacy.org, LSA-Dn has a youtube page "Lutheran Disability Network", facebook page "Lutheran Services in America Disability Network" and a twitter feed "LSADNADVOCACY". We recently hired Dami Akinnaki, a videographer, to shoot a series of advocacy videos with individuals with disabilities who are supported by LSA-DN member organizations. To learn more, check out Dami's website.
LSA-DN has adopted a social values statement on intellectual disability.
For information and contact information for LSA-DN members visit - LSA-DN Directory
For more information, please contact Sarah Meek, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the LSA Disability Network, via email or at 202-626-7949.