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A national legal advocacy center for people with disabilities
CPR uses legal strategies, advocacy, and policy to promote the integration and full community participation of people with disabilities and all others who are devalued in today’s society.
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Representing individuals in western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties) who have been denied Social Security disability benefits.
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January 27, 2020
Today, the US Supreme Court issued a decision overturning the nationwide injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) public charge rule, meaning DHS can now implement the rule while the Courts of Appeals review whether it is illegal. The rule will exclude immigrants with disabilities from this country and discourage those already in the US from using critical public benefits, including the Medicaid-funded home and community based services many disabled people rely on to fully participate in their communities.
January 23, 2020
CPR, the ACLU, and 17 other disability advocacy organizations represented by Latham & Watkins filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing DHS’ appeal seeking to overturn the preliminary injunction issued by a federal district court in California in October, applying to plaintiff states.
January 21, 2020
CPR and other members of the HCBS Advocacy Coalition, with support from the Community Living Policy Center, released a white paper to assist states and stakeholders in tracking progress and outcomes from implementation of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCBS) Settings Rule, available here: https://hcbsadvocacy.org/2020-outcomes-paper.
January 10, 2020
The Social Security Administration has proposed new rules that would create unnecessary administrative barriers to disability benefits, limiting access for people with disabilities. Take action today!
December 20, 2019
The brief urges the Court of Appeals to affirm the district court’s decision finding that Massachusetts continues to violate the Medicaid Act when it fails to promptly provide critical home-based services.
December 13, 2019
Today we filed a brief in the federal court of appeals in our Massachusetts children’s mental health case, on behalf of 30,000 children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). We argued that the court should not end monitoring and oversight of its remedial order designed to address ongoing violations of the Medicaid Act. Since children are still waiting weeks, if not months for intensive home-based services, that enable them to remain in their own homes and communities, the state is not in compliance with either federal law or the remedial order.
November 14, 2019
On November 15, CPR’s Director of Advocacy, Alison Barkoff, will present testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) for the Commission’s public briefing, “Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.” USCCR is also accepting public comments until December 15 that, along with the briefing, will help shape a forthcoming report analyzing the use of the 14(c) program and making recommendations.
November 4, 2019
CPR and its co-counsel have reached a settlement with the State of Ohio in Ball v. DeWine, an ADA/Olmstead case filed in 2016 on behalf of thousands of people with intellectual disabilities who were unnecessarily segregated in large, congregate Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs).