#AdvocacyMatters: Safer at Home

September 25, 2020 / #AdvocacyMatters

Last week, Disability Rights Ohio, 48 partner organizations, and 4 individuals sent a letter to Governor DeWine advocating for the expansion of home and community-based services (HCBS) in Ohio. HCBS focuses on delivering person-centered care within an individual’s community, which is vital to Ohioans’ right to live, work, and play where they choose.

In 1999, Olmstead vs. L.C., a landmark Supreme Court case, secured the individual’s right to receive services and supports in their community and obligated states to build out these systems. And yet, thousands of Ohioans face barriers leaving institutions in favor of community care. With this letter, DRO and its partners advocate for the expansion of services that would make Olmstead a reality for Ohioans with disabilities.

Not only is living in the community a right, but it also drastically reduces a person’s exposure to COVID-19. With over 2/3 of Ohio’s COVID-19 deaths occurring in long-term care facilities, residents’ risk for catching the virus remains high. Right now, Ohio’s HCBS system cannot fully fund transitions, in-home care, support professionals, and community providers. As pandemic concerns continue, HCBS advocacy is as crucial as ever.

The DeWine Administration must take steps to protect and guarantee the right to HCBS.. Having a say in your care is a right we’ll always stand with you to protect, because #AdvocacyMatters.

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