RISE Center for Independent Living – Beaumont, as well as many other Centers for Independent Living and disability organizations throughout the state, believes that conducting this IDD Pilot is a waste of scarce resources by the Texas HHSC.
RISE Center understands there is language in SB 7 about conducting a pilot but we are sure Senator Nelson and Representative Raymond would understand that the integration of the DD population into StarPlus because of the eligibility criteria of the CFCO shows that all populations can be served in an improved StarPlus model.
RISE Center Proposed: instead of piloting a separate delivery system these resources would be better spent in improving StarPlus for all populations.
This could include:
- Uniform Definitions of Services
- Rates for Similar Services Implemented
- Uniform Functional Assessment
- Increase Consumer Directed Services Selection
- Uniform Contracting
- Community Integration Performance Indicators
- Accountability and Network Adequacy Standards
- Recruitment and Retention Strategies
In addition, implementing this pilot will also fuel the device “identity politics” that tries to divide us as a disability community and frequently is promoted by interest groups that may be motivated more by the bottom line than for the benefit of families and people with disabilities.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and providers of IDD services can provide, in writing, comments on this HHSC pilot program by going to:
IDDPilot@leavittpartners.com, until January 22, 2016.