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Quality of Life, Independence, & Families May Be Vetoed
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It'ssime for Minnesotatorec- scheol and cemS%&y. ognizethe painfully sad injustices of the past. 1996 is the The main purpose of the selftime to set ahe record straight advocates is to preserve the and start the healing process history of what people with for people with developmen- developmental disabilities tal diSabilities and their fami- lived through. The goals of lies who have been forgotten. the group is threefold: 1) put I'm speaking of the Remem- names on gpve markers, 2) bering With Dignity Project. mllectpralhistorim and support indiv&k@s Lt tellingtheir The Remembering With Dig- storiesofliving in institutions, nity Project began in Septem- and 3) increase public awareber 1994 when members of ness of the historical and self-advocacy organizations present roles of smTe institu(Advocating Chmge Togeth- tions. er, Minnesota Association of Persons with Severe Handi- There is now a resolution becaps, local People First Chap fore the Minnesota Stade Senters, and the Minnesota Dis- ate and House by Senator ability Law Center) and the Linda F3erglin and Represen~(knrnunityaT k g e got to- tative B a y MeCollum. This gether and decided t h & g ~ ~resolution ~* addresses the isthing should be done. Over $w1@3there m many the next year, the self-advo- Minnesotans wit3t evelopcates went to the Faribault mental disabilities who* Regional Twatmeat Center been committed involuntariwhere they discovered,saored ly to live in state institutions. have died in the archives, a chart of Tens of thohundreds of markers of peo- there and been buried in unple buried there over the k t marked graves which bore 120 years. They also visited only n u m b . Institutionalthe former Owatonna State ized children were deprived School and Orphanage of their families and life in where they toured the state communities. In many in-
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PCAs can no longerperform tasksnecessary forthosewho
. care. A provision m d ' last year (iider) doe; allow *bver 6fKl wi. r r~ipients who llse PC, thoseeligible for waiver proam4 @mur,t~,q&yon the PCA cannot direct their d n qm y&qg%&~ .Mil waivers will lox needed PCA func(which have h xyamre- tions, includingseizure mon'
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The objective of this resolution is to ask the State of Minnesota to make a public apology to people who have been involuntarily committed to state institutionsecknowledging that it regrets tke history of all that has &ken @we in the past. As of this writing, the bill awaits passage on rhe Senate floor. However, Representative McCollum has withdrawn the bit1 from committee due to the lack of support.
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Questions have been raised as to why an apology is necessary. Now that institutions are closing, there are more people with disabilitiesliving In the Senate, the curs to the in themmunity. The public PCA program and the tightmust mmgnize how impor- ened level of awe eligibility tant..it isto welt-m and allow these indiv joy lifejust as the pblic dds.
* -7' : ated last 9e9%m in .mjunction with the PCPcITEFRA cuts.
In the House, Representative Greenfield's bill restored the two major cuts to the PCA program slated to take effect this July: I ) the elimination fromthe PCA programof people who cannot direct their own care, including children, and 2) the reduction in hours of care. The PCA-covered services involving assisting, rnonitor'bg, prompting, and interventions for behaviors and seizures, have also been restored to the PCA program.
The Housedoesnothingabout changes made last year to 1997. In addition, the !$nap Unless this happen&lifk d l . bill cuts Jirl2,miRon in b 3 1 - tighten TEFRA eligibilifp. h not go on as usual. I ult mental health addition, the Howee owt $200,000 for children's ken-
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What DidPass At The Capitol Both the House and Senate Health and Human Services subcommittees have finished with theiromnibusbills which include &R' an the PCA program and the TEFRA Medical Assistance eligibility option. The House and Senate bills are different, so the bills will be sent to a conferenceeommittee,comprised of equal numbers of Senators .and Representatives, to come to a compromise. .
taIhBh ~ ; m d , Forsbna~nElssa1-112pereent rate increase paid to PCA providers and home and cojgmunity waiver programs which was slated to go into effect in April. Representative Greenfield has assured us that with the new forecast numbers which became avdlable on Febmwy 28, I 9%. the rate increase for providers will be put back to April 1, 1996. More money will become available because the cost of reskoring the PCA program wiAdrsrp from 97.8millionas against the November, 1995 forecast to $4.5 million For the March, 1996 forecast. (DHS did not accurately estimate the cost of moving PCA recipients to waiver programs.)
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Cadmil hrts reqwsted 5 18 Edwina Garcia ...................... 2%-$375 (M) E ine Harder ,,.................,....... 296-5373 . . . . . reasons: $1.6 rn'rlnonb c Wis ....,....................... 296-4240 Robert L&ghton .......................... 296-4 1 93 deficit; $2 million to cove dera1 funds; $6.4 million to defer fare in- Carol Molnau - 296-8972 James Rice ............................ 296-4262 (M) creases and for transit redesign. Ken Wolf ..............................296-5 185 (M) G o v e r n Carkon hkkd WmBlion in his budget. The House is now at $5.2 m~iion. Transportation Finance Committee Senate is now at $4.5 million. K& Langwth,Chair ................. 296-3205 ION NEEDED NOW William &danger .................296-5975 (hil) Dick Day .....................................296-9457 esset ouse and Senate members: Carol Flvnn ........................,.. 296-4274(M)
TEFRA Review Update Department of Human Services (DHS) is in the process of reviewing denials for TEFRA eligiblechildren inthe nursing facility level of care. Their initial standards were higherttmqprwided in law. It
appearsthatmorechildrenwith h m i c illraa md physical disabilities will remain eligible after the second round of review which uses the CADI waiver process to determine whether the children would otherwise beeligibleforanuning facility level of care. With regard to children who have developmental disabili-
one concerned about contin- wtm wsrd to mental health, ued eligibility seek a waiver W R A law passed last year screening forthemental retar- allows only children who dationlrelated conditions would be eligible for hospitalwaiver at the county level. ization to be eligible, and does DHS will accept the results of not provide for a second level county waivers for TEFRA of care (less than hospitalizaeligibiliiy. In a t b w o r d s , if a tion) as is allowed for those child is eligible for the m n ~ l l with physical disabilities(nursretardationlrelated conditions iw facilities) and those with county waiver, that child is developmental disabilities eligible forTEFRA. We have (ICFIMR). We are continuing been told that for many chil- to work on this with the House dren in the Developmentally and Senate in hopes of estabDisabledcategory, insufficient lishing a second level of meninformation caused the denial. tal health care before the SesThe county level screening sion ends. 3 - ..,a requires Went participation and thus assumes that proper Minnesota Dislabiliilj~A m r
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the hands of these "non-prof- mately 26 times the average ing to do may be found in their it" corporations? We decided annual pay in Minnesota, is ownwords. GeorgeC.Halvorsources invites residents of to look into the current system "not outlandishw,adding that son, President and CEO South and Southwest Minne- The TimeBank is a volunteer Any resid apolis to an open house on barter program for residents west Minneapolis can join the Saturday, March 23, 1 1 AM- of South and Southwest Min- TimeBank. Area employee
quired by law to be non-profit. So, what makes a company non-profit? Basically, ifacompany does not distribute dividen&, and individuals do not -- -- have equity in the company, it's non-~rofit(and maior tax exemptions result). It apparently does not mean that there v' -sany limit on how much man-6y the corporation can earn, retain,orspendonsalariesand - benefits, as we shall soon see.
limited their pay to $92,000, which would be 4 times the pay of the average worker in Minnesota. Well, that would make available an additional $7.3 million each year, which could beused to pay for97,333 physical exams. Or 73,000 papsmears. Or 135,185clinic visitstotreatstrepthroat. Well, you get the idea. Maybe these executive pay scales aren't so hard to understand, after all.
-?lea* care spending makes up 13- 15% of Minnesota's economy,which is roughly the same as for the country as a whole. Add to this the fact that Minnesota law requires its health care providers to be nonprofit, and you start to understand why 24 out ofthe largest 50 non-profit corporations in Minnesota(includingallofthe top ten!) are health-care corporations. ?othey're big. "What's wrong with that?" some may ask. I that lhere is intrinsically wrong with that. Like many people, however, I ve heard about or expericed the bureaucracy that mes with businesses of this ve you tried to talk to ctor on the telephone
It could be argued that high executive salaries are simply the result of market forces. In otherwords,thattheyareneeded to attract the "best" execu-
precisely because they can't afford to ''buy it". When it comes to the health of people, we haveto recognizethat there are lots of important ideas that will never be "self-sustaining" in the financial sense. K. James Ehlen, President of Allina (1 993 compensation: $354,582) says that the key to his success is coming up with incentivessothat"peoplewho work in a hospital think like somebody who is ...working on a health plan." In other words, like the person who pays the bills. The average Health - cont. on p. 7
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A typical residency involves Dne ortwoactor/educatorswho stay at a school for at least one week, sometimes the whole school year. Students are involved in a variety of acting exercises, such as improvisation, role-playing, story-telling and scene work, to open up discussion about various issues and to help give students some coping skills. According to Lori Hurley, Residency Company Manager, the greatest way residencies benefit the participants is to help them understand they have many different options. "The program is so focused," she said, "participants are empowered to make new choices around the different issues. It
helpschange the way they think cial needs. With the intended dual purpose of educating the about certain situations." public and helping the actors "A Day in the Life," is arecent improve problem-solving and exampleofaspecial residency teamworkskills,"A Day in the program designed by CLIMB Life" was a learning experispecifically for adults with ence for all involved. The sucdevelopmental disabilities. cess of the play has prompted With funding provided by the some discussion of re-staging Metropolitan Regional Arts it for video. Council,CLIMB actor Bonnie St. Mane worked for several With the continued success of yea& with twelve self-advo- traditional plays such as "Eascates to create, write, and per- ier to be Silent" and interactive and instructive residenform their own play. cies such as "A Day in the The five skits, performed at Life," CLIMB Theater Comthe Eisenhower Community pany is sure to continue its Center for a crowd of almost long tradition of providing 200 people, illustrated some quality entertainment and common daily struggles and education for individualswith triumphs for people with spe- special needs.
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Bisexual Conference To Feature Parajaje-Jones ing in age from 15 to 60 plus, will address the theme of this year's conference, "Wisdom Comes (Out) At Every Age," which is intended to encourage coalition-building across age barriers within the bisexual,transgender, and alliedcomA panel offive speakers, rang- munities in the Midwest. In , addition, the conference will include interactiveworkshops and discussions on Saturday and Sunday, the Bi and 4 U Who knows better than you performance art cabaret on the PCA services you need? Friday evening, a visual art exhibit, an open mic reading At Allied Health Alternatives, we work with hosted by queer youth, and a you to create a health services partnership. dance party on Saturday night.
T h e fifth annual Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience (BECAUSE) is set for Friday, April 26 through Sunday April 28, 1996, at the University of Minnesota and the Playwrights'Center in Minneapolis. The keynote speak-
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