Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

VOR calls on Long Term Care Commission to support fiscal reason, choice, and staffing standards

Update, October 17, 2013

VOR's Response to Commission's Recommendations

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On July 31 and August 16, VOR submitted comments to the Commission on Long Term Care. The Commission was established under Section 643 of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-240) (January 2, 2013) (About the Commission)

In its first submission (July 31, 2013), VOR cautioned the Committee against a “less for more” approach to financing Medicaid long-term care services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). With 80% of long-term care resources being spent in community-based settings on 80% of the I/DD population in a vast majority of the states, there is not, we submit, any “institutional bias.”

In its second submission (August 16, 2013), VOR urged the Commission to support uniform staffing standards, including national background checks and minimum staff licensing, certification and training requirements, to ensure the consistent delivery of quality of care in community-based settings serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  The Commission’s authorizing statute charges the Commission, in part, to consider workforce development strategies.