Healthcare

a woman with a disability and a nurse

Easily accessible, affordable, and high quality health care, including mental health care, is essential for the integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Long term care services and supports, including self-directed services, and assistive technology need to be readily available to enable individuals to live healthy lives in the community.

We help people with disabilities:

  • Obtain payment for assistive technology (e.g., wheelchairs, communication devices) from public funding sources, including Medicaid and Medicare
  • Challenge the need to live in hospitals and other long-term care facilities, rather than in the community
  • Challenge eligibility denials for specific long-term care services and supports, including
    • Katie Beckett services for children
    • Adult services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
    • Self-directed services including Personal Choice.
  • Obtain physical access and communication access to doctors’ and other health care providers’ offices

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Promoting Systems Change

We support changes that will:

  • Let individuals with disabilities direct their own health care, and
  • Ensure that health care and long-term care providers use person-centered planning.