Monday, April 28:
10:00 AM: Early this rainy morning in DC, national ADAPT showed up in force at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, located at the foot of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Over 500 ADAPTers are participating in this direct action, Over 500 ADAPTers are participating in this direct action, 50 of whom, for the first time in ADAPT history, made it into the HHS building with their statement of demands (see below). All points of access are effectively blocked by those participating in the direct action.
ADAPT's direct action is to call sharp attention to the need for radical change in business as usual at HHS, particularly as it pertains to the institutional bias in the administration of Medicaid benefits and the result of thousands of people with disabilities being forced into and kept in nursing homes and other institutions against their expressed wishes to live in their homes and communities.
In exchange for creating access to the building via one door in the parking garage, ADAPT has secured a signed letter from Philo Hall, Counselor to Secretary Michael Leavitt, promising a meeting between the Secretary and leadership from ADAPT within 30 days. This was one of the items in the statement of demands.
ADAPTers are wrapping up and heading back to their hotel rooms for dry clothes after a successful direct action this morning at HHS. Before wrapping up, Philo Hall came out and addressed the ADAPTers in person, agreeing to an additional meeting between ADAPT leadership and HHS staff this coming Wednesday morning as a follow-up piece.
Stay tuned for more this week....
To: HHS SECRETARY MIKE LEAVITT
From: ADAPT Community
Date: April 28, 2008
Thousands of people with disabilities and older Americans CONTINUE to be unnecessarily forced into and kept in nursing homes and other institutions because of the inaction and development of barrier-ridden regulations by HHS and this Administration.
ADAPT demands that Secretary Mike Leavitt:
- Improve the implementation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Projects by increasing flexibility states have;
- IMMEDIATELY eliminate any rules which cause undue burdens regarding case management;
- Eliminate any rules that discourage small grassroots providers from meeting the needs of the consumers they serve;
- Eliminate any regulations and interpretations of “spousal impoverishment” and “risk” which promote institutionalization of persons with disabilities;
- Work with ADAPT on ways to pass the Community Choice Act; and
- Meet with leaders of ADAPT within thirty (30) days of this date to clarify any of the above and identify other barriers to home and community based services in all fifty states.
Read how ADAPT is celebrating 25 years of direct action.