The Arc of Northern Virginia wholeheartedly supports comments submitted by The Arc of Virginia in reference to the proposed Family and Individual Supports Waiver renewal. Given our extensive information and referral work, and our work as DD Waiver Support Coordinators, there are issues that are of particularly great concern that we would like to address here:
Thank you for your time on this application. We, like you, are totally dedicated to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities can live full, meaningful lives in their communities. The proposed adjustments in regulations get us closer to that shared goal. Without these flexibilities, we further push people with disabilities toward crisis, large group homes or ICFs, and other settings that initially seem easier and less burdensome, and a great cost to their rights, individuality, and to state funds.