Georgia should work to eliminate the waiting list for NOW & COMP waivers. These waivers allow individuals with developmental disabilities who qualify for an institutional level of care to receive the support(s) they need in the community. It is unacceptable that the waiting period can span a decade.
Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
ALL students, regardless of ability, should have access to post-secondary education programs in the state of Georgia. Inclusive post-secondary programs provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities access to education not otherwise available.
Medicaid home and community-based services are the integral lifelines that allow people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to access their communities. Any proposal to cut, cap or reduce Medicaid funding to Georgia will put the lives of people with disabilities at risk.
All people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have the right and capacity to make their own decisions. Emily endorses supported decision-making agreements as a method for ensuring people have access to real decisions and self-determined life.
Children’s Freedom Initiative
BEFORE the state pays to have a child housed in an institutional setting, a parent or guardian must have affirmatively rejected adequate supports to have the child in the home.
Caregiver Registry Expansion
Emily believes in expanding the caregiver registry passed in the 2018 legislative session to include the caregivers of individuals who use NOW, COMP and ICWP, as well as caregivers of those under age 65 who use SOURCE and CCPS, to ensure all Georgians with disabilities have the same protection and security of a background check for their direct support professionals.
The Shortage of DSPs: Workforce Crisis
A competent, well-trained, and caring workforce of direct support professionals (DSPs) is essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities who utilize home-and- community-based services. We support strategies to address this crisis so that people with disabilities can have the care they need.
Emily believes in the importance of the Georgia STABLE program and support efforts to grow the enrollment of qualified individuals in Georgia. STABLE accounts can lead to an increase in independence and financial security for enrollees.
Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
The Georgia Council on Aging is advocating for $4 million to strengthen the ADRC statewide network by adding capacity to meet the growing demand for crucial information and access to services.
Emily believes that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person’s developmental disability.