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By Niles Dookie on April 9, 2019

Thanks Pinellas County!

Pinellas County’s Community Development Department shows their support for people with disabilities in a big way!

By Niles Dookie on April 19, 2018

Let’s Yap About Y.A.P.P!

Give Day Tampa Bay has begun! Start giving today to show your support for our Young Adventurers over at UCP of Tampa Bay!

By Sunrise Group on November 18, 2016

THANK YOU to the Miami Foundation & Our Donors

Thank you Miami! The Miami Foundation's Fifth Annual #GIveMiamiDay was another record-breaker!! Thank to the generosity of donors across South Florida the 24-hour online giving event successfully closed with more than 29,000 donors raising more than $9.1 million for local nonprofits like Sunrise. In addition, Sunrise reached our own milestone during #GiveMiamiDay with our #Reach25 campaign! With the help of #GiveMiamiDay, Sunrise will now be able to retrofit our 25th group home with hurricane shutters and weather resistance safety upgrades. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who gave. This holiday season we are profoundly grateful to live and work in such a philanthropic community.

By Sunrise Group on September 20, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida in Sarasota’s #2016GivingChallenge

Join others in making a difference by making your donation to UCP of Southwest Florida in Sarasota count for MORE with Sarasota Community Foundation’s #2016GivingChallenge supported by the Patterson Foundation. Your donation will be enhanced by the generous giving of our community, but this additional support only applies to donations made by September 21 at 12:00 noon on the Give Day Challenge website.

By Sunrise Group on May 20, 2016

National Public Policy: Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving disability providers more time to comply with a new rule expanding overtime pay amid concerns that the change could negatively impact services for people with disabilities. After heeding widespread concerns from providers of home and community based services to people with developmental disabilities, the administration announced its committing to delay enforcement of the new mandate for such providers through March 17, 2019. The Labor Department said that the non-enforcement period will apply to providers of Medicaid-funded services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in residential homes and facilities with 15 or fewer beds.

By Sunrise Group on March 29, 2016

Public Policy: Disability Providers Warn Overtime Rule May Impact Services

A federal proposal to require overtime pay for many professionals who support people with disabilities living in the community could force service cuts, providers say. That change could have big consequences for people with disabilities. An analysis commissioned by ANCOR suggests that paying overtime for workers who are currently exempt will add over $1 billion in costs for agencies serving those with disabilities in the first year alone. That’s a problem, ANCOR says, since providers are paid primarily through Medicaid. “That is why we are calling on Congress to pass legislation to provide states with temporary assistance to increase Medicaid funding support for providers accordingly so that they can afford to comply with this rule and other unfunded mandates like it,” said Gabrielle Sedor, chief operations officer at ANCOR.

By Sunrise Group on March 11, 2016

Florida’s Governor Scott Includes People With Disabilities To Make Florida First!

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, self-advocates and staff from Sunrise operations in Tallahassee made their way to the Capitol to award appreciation plaques to the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and other key legislative champions that worked to include Floridians of all abilities in this year’s record $8.2 Billion State Budget. Florida’s House and Senate put together a spending plan for this year that increases the state budget by roughly 5 percent. Sunrise was represented at the appreciation awards by self-advocates from UCP Tallahassee’s LifeLinks program, Jeremiah Johnson and Grant Williams. UCP LifeLinks Program Coordinator, Sarah Whittington, and Direct Support Associate, Shareka Frazier accompanied the self-advocates as they met with Florida’s legislative leaders to thank them for their support of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

By Sunrise Group on March 8, 2016

Florida Legislative Leaders Protect Services for People With Disabilities

On behalf of The Sunrise Group, those we serve and their families from Homestead to Panama City, we extend our deepest gratitude to Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli. Due to their personal commitment to include Floridians of all abilities, $9,687,008 for critical services were allocated from recurring General Revenue. This means that $25 million will be used to help ensure that people with intellectual and physical disabilities may access community based services in the most person-centered and cost-effective manner possible. This is great news for Florida’s tax-payers as well as families and loved ones of people with disabilities!

By Sunrise Group on February 19, 2016

Team Tally Takes on The Capitol!

#TeamTally is made up of self-advocates, Sunrise staff and executive leaders from UCP of Tallahassee. They were among hundreds of Floridians concerned about funding and services for people with developmental disabilities who descended on the state Capitol on Thursday, February 18th for the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. Advocates and allies were on hand to ask legislators to consider a two-point plan to address the funding crisis, the Wait List and access to care issues for Floridians with developmental disabilities. There was a noon press conference asking legislators, policy makers and others to correct the iBudget rate problems. The day was rewarding for attendees and educational for those working in the State Capitol. Great job #TeamTally!!