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Let CMS Know: Employment in the Community is Important!

CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will soon be issuing guidance regarding how Medicaid funds can be used for employment. It’s very important that CMS hear from you! APSE members and all like-minded advocates need to ask CMS to fully support Employment First, with support for employment fully integrated in the general workforce as the first and preferred option in the use of Medicaid funds. Please take a few minutes and send a letter to CMS today – and share this Action Alert with others. It will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

In 10 Minutes, You Can Make a Difference

APSE Members:
Comments are due this Thursday, July 17th regarding the rules for implementing President Obama’s February 2014 Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Due to the advocacy efforts of APSE and other organizations, employees with disabilities who work for federal contractors were included within the Executive Order. But the work is not done!

CPSD Issue Brief: Is Supported Employment a Good Investment?


Or Are Sheltered Workshops Cheaper to Operate?

In this economic climate, vocational programs for adults with disabilities have to compete for the limited funds available. In order to obtain these funds, service providers have to demonstrate the fiscal merits of their programs. CPSD Ruderman Fellow, Dr. Robert Cimera has developed an important Issue Brief utilizing several recent studies that have attempted to answer this question.

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