Please Oppose the Disability Integration Act
The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a seriously flawed bill. While the intention of the bill is to provide services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it would eliminate existing services provided to the most severely impacted members of this population, and moving these individuals from their long-term homes into more isolated settings that provide fewer services, lower staffing ratios, and lower standards of care.
- The bill would also be prohibitively expensive. It would severely inflate the federal Medicaid system and strain state Medicaid budgets.
- There are not enough Direct Support Professionals, nurses, and other medical professionals and auxiliary workers to enact the scope of the bill.
- The current system is already riddled with problems, especially in the lack of reporting of critical incidents of abuse and neglect.
Please write and urge your legislators to reject this bill, and find responsible ways to improve services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.