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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 May 19, 2016

Public Policy: Georgia Commits To De-Institutionalization by 2018

On Wednesday, May 18th, Georgia state officials acknowledged their efforts, to to find appropriate, safe homes for people with disabilities who have been institutionalized for decades, have fallen short. In a statement from Governor Nathan Deal, he described the new agreement as “a significant accomplishment for the state of Georgia. They agreed to at least two more years of federal oversight, pledging new spending if necessary. Advocates for people with disabilities praised the new agreement, saying it indicates the state will try much harder to ensure quality care for patients transferred into community facilities. The state’s new efforts will specifically focus on former hospital patients with particularly complex medical issues. As of January, 266 Georgians with developmental disabilities remained in the hospitals.

By Sunrise Group on May 16, 2016

Sunrise Supports #REVUP – Making the Disability Vote Count

More than any time in recent memory, Americans with disabilities have the power to influence the outcome of the 2016 Primary and General Election. Elected leaders and political candidates are recognizing the 57 MILLION Americans with disabilities—from birth to advanced age—as a powerful, important constituency. Issues important to people with disabilities – like accessibility, community inclusion and aging in place – must be part of the platform for any candidate running for public office. Join Sunrise in support of the REVUP campaign to advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.

By Sunrise Group on May 13, 2016

Happy Friday 13th! … Sunrise Community of Maryland is #Fearless at the State Convention

Arc Maryland’s 2016 State Convention kicked off on the morning of Friday the 13th and Sunrise Community of Maryland’s Executive Director, Norma Israel, joined the #BeFearless Campaign. Arc of Maryland chose this year’s theme, #BeFearless, because they believe that fearless people support each other. Without question, cooperation and collaboration are vital for self-advocates and their families to make changes in the system and the communities where they live. Representing Sunrise’s dedicated employees and the services we provide in Maryland, Norma provided educational outreach to attendees and their families from the floor of the exhibition hall. A longtime advocate and professional service provider, she truly is a fearless leader!

By Sunrise Group on May 10, 2016

Countdown to Tallahassee’s 20th Annual UCP 5K!

The countdown is well under and we are less than a week away from UCP of Tallahassee’s 20th Annual Run, Walk or Roll 5K benefitting Sunrise Community, Inc.. Event organizer, Rebecca Hurst said, “We are very excited about this year’s event. and online registration is still open. The platinum anniversary event has been described “An Inclusive Fun Run” where people of all abilities, all ages, and all fitness levels can come out and have fun while helping to raise money for a great cause! If you and your family have not yet registered to attend the event and/or participate in the competitive fun, it is not too late. See you on Saturday, May 14th in Tally!

By Sunrise Group on May 9, 2016

National Public Policy: Feds Say Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The issue of inappropriate placement of children and young adults with developmental disabilities has been in the Florida news for almost a decade. However, the problem is not isolated to just one state. In fact, according to the Feds, many states in the US are guilty of forcing thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive services. To a large degree, the controversy is over money: Now, the Justice Department is calling for states to expand their community-based services offerings and transition services for those who can and wish to move to more integrated settings. It is a move towards community inclusion, which Sunrise strongly supports.