Watch party marks reintroduction of Disability Integration Act --RSS Feed

By Brian Peters, Community Access and Policy Specialist

With the end of the 115th congressional session, the Disability Integration Act will need to be reintroduced since all bills die after the end of a congressional session. Following the January 3 start of the 116th Congress, Wisconsin’s own Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer have announced that they will reintroduce the bill in the House and the Senate on January 15. In the last congressional session (115th Congress), the bipartisan bill had 144 co-sponsors in the House and 26 co-sponsors in the Senate. Those are impressive numbers, and having an early introduction in the 116th session increases the chances of the bill being passed.

People holding banner reading "If not now, when? End the institutional bias."

The goal of the Disability Integration Act is to end the institutional bias in which people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into nursing facilities and essentially lose their basic civil rights. This bill would have Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) as a required alternative to institutionalization, giving people the right to choose the setting in which they receive care.

IndependenceFirst is working with Southeastern Wisconsin ADAPT to host a watch party here at IndependenceFirst, and we’d be honored if you’d join us to celebrate the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act. The reintroduction will be streamed live.
Please join us on January 15 at 2 p.m. Our address is 540 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee. Contact Brian Peters at 414-937-5912 V/Relay to register for the event. Refreshments will be provided.

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