New Coalition Urges Swift Action on Home and Community Based Services
Today, the Ohio Home and Community Based Services Coalition (OHCBSC) had a first official meeting, including over 50 member organizations and self-advocates. Prior to the public launch, the Coalition—a diverse group representing consumers, providers, non-profits, and other advocates—sent a letter to the DeWine administration and the General Assembly, urging key actions to protect and expand HCBS in Ohio.
OHCBSC enters the statewide conversation on HCBS with a mission of advocating for a strong home and community-based supports system that provides all Ohioans the opportunity to thrive and stay connected and engaged in their homes and communities. Thanks to the Olmstead v. L.C. decision of 1999, all Ohioans have the right to receive care in their communities free from barriers. Unfortunately, funding for HCBS cannot support all individuals that would like to receive care in their communities. Worse, some aren’t informed on their right to choose.
As Ohio’s budget process begins, OHCBSC will advocate to expand transitions out of long-term care facilities to the community; identify those most at-risk of institutionalization; prevent a reduction in individual services; and support and bolster provider and workforce capacity.
OHCBSC is not exclusive; fighting for HCBS is a community mission, and anyone devoted to the mission is welcome to join. With your help, we can make the Olmstead decision a reality for all Ohioans that choose it. If you’re interested in learning more about the Coalition, you can read more about us, or join now.