The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports Announces Founding Board of Directors

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports (ACDS) is a new international association being established in
response to a growing need for people with disabilities, their families and those people and organizations that
support them to have ways to share ideas and resources through a network for people committed to the shift to
individualized, person-directed supports. The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports will collect and
disseminate knowledge, ideas and practices to advance individually designed, implemented, controlled and
evaluated services and supports.

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports has been incorporated by Caitlin Bailey, Marian Frattarola-Saulino,
Gail Godwin and Nancy Weiss, who welcome the additional newly elected members of the Founding Board of
Directors. The additional Board members are: Julia Bascom, Lydia Brown, Larissa Clause, Kelly Bohlander
Friedlander, Angela Martin, Amanda Rich and Michael Steinbruck.

The organization serves as a catalyst to transform traditional service approaches and champion innovation. The
Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports is an association of people committed to self-directed supports that offer
opportunities for lives of meaning and impact. We proudly support, and seek to include, everyone who is
committed to ensuring people with disabilities exercise their rights and live fully included lives in the
communities of their choice.

We look forward to working collaboratively to build a strong, vibrant organization that includes and supports
the interests of the many people, families, groups and organizations that promote and enable self-direction, in
the United States and around the world. Together, we will expand and support the efforts of those seeking to
make a better way for themselves and others.

For more information about the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, and for information about how to
become a founding member of this new organization, contact Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Chair at
marians@viapa.org.

ACDS Opposes HHS Decison to Delay Implementation of HCBS

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports opposes the newly announced HHS decision to
delay the implementation of the Home and Community Based Final Rule

The recent announcement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to delay implementation of the
Home and Community Based Services Final Rule compromises the civil rights of people with disabilities and
delays access to the freedoms that people without disabilities enjoy as a matter of course.

The new international association, the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, opposes HHS’s recently
announced decision to delay the implementation of the HCBS Final Rule until 2022. By delaying the
implementation of the HCBS rule and the changes in service models that will be required to meet these Federal
regulations, HHS is delaying the affirmation of peoples’ rights, denying opportunities of full citizenship and
impeding access to full and meaningful lives.

The Final Rule, CMS 2249-F – 1915(i), was originally announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) in October 2014 and implementation was to be required in 2019. The rule was designed to
enhance the quality of Home and Community-Based Services and ensure that people receiving services through
these Medicaid waiver programs have full access to the benefits of community living. The regulation was
developed over five years and crafted in response to input that CMS sought from thousands of stakeholders.1 In
2014, when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the new rule, she described its purpose as being to
“ensure that all people participating in Medicaid home and community-based services programs have full access
to the benefits of community living.”2 Members of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports believe that
delaying the implementation of the HCBS Rule will result in people continuing to be isolated in service settings
thus denying their human and civil rights. We are heartened and encouraged to know that many states and
service providers are committed to continuing their efforts to comply with the rule in a timely manner but many
more will take advantage of the opportunity to delay implementation of the important changes the rule
prescribes.

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports is a recently established international organization of people with
disabilities, their family members, service providers, advocates, organizations and allies. The organization
serves as a catalyst to transform traditional service approaches and champion innovation. The Alliance for
Citizen Directed Supports is an association of people committed to self-directed supports that offer
opportunities for lives of meaning and impact. We proudly support and seek to include everyone who is
committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can exercise their rights and live fully included lives in the
communities of their choice.

For more information about the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports contact Marian Frattarola-Saulino,
Chair, at marians@viapa.org.

Values’ Continued Learning with Wawa

The Values Into Action team is always looking for opportunities to learn and expand our knowledge base.  Over the next few months, we’ll attend  a series of sessions coordinated by Delaware County Human Resources Association. Values’ Director of Culture & Talent, Rachel Milano-Davis, shares her experience about February’s event:

“I had the pleasure of attending a session presented by Dave Filano, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Wawa. I have always had an appreciation for Wawa, Filanoboth as a local staple for convenience shopping (COFFEE!), and as a major employer in this region.

I was particularly interested in Dave’s presentation on Talent Acquisition because we’re always looking to refine our recruitment and hiring practices to bring on the best possible talent to provide services. Interestingly, this presentation helped me realize the many similarities we share with Wawa in terms of our core values and the challenges we face.

A few of the highlights from the presentation as it relates to our work at Values Into Action:

Employer branding is equally as important as product branding.

This is especially true for an organization like Values Into Action where our product is our people. As we grow, it is important we highlight the many wonderful things about working for Values Into Action through a community presence and social media efforts.

Experience is not required.

Like Wawa, we hire based on core values and leadership abilities. We look for people who are committed to our core values. The rest we can teach.

A realist job preview is key.

Often people interview for a job and accept an offer without really knowing what the job entails. We pride ourselves on being different in that our interview process includes an interview with the person accepting support. This provides the candidate a sense of the support the individual requires, the routine and work environment, and is designed to empower choice for the person, their family, and employees!

Not all turnover is bad.

Turnover is a common problem in the disability services field. Wawa helped me to see that other industries have similar challenges. We are always looking for ways to keep good employees through appreciation efforts, learning & development and compensation, but we have to accept that turnover will happen, and be happy for the time we have with quality employees.”

Stay tuned for March’s keynote speaker, Brad McCarty, head men’s soccer coach at Messiah College. He’ll discuss “Developing a High Performing Team.”

For more information on DCHRA, visit their web site. 

 

Support ALL Human Rights

This is an exceptional week for all Americans and with that in mind I offer a word for the week: LOVE.
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On Monday, we marked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with the annual Day of Service. Citizens, as they do every year, passed a day volunteering in their communities and, we hope, being moved to volunteer and become involved more regularly – beyond the single day each year.
Friday, on the steps of the United States Capitol building a new President (our 45th) will take his oath of office and begin a new chapter in our collective history. 

I think if there is a single message to be taken from this week’s events it is that EVERYONE’S participation is required to make this country of ours work. No matter what our personal political bent, it is incumbent upon us all to remain informed and active in our support of disAbility rights and ALL human rights. It is important to hold our elected officials accountable to ensure that they stay focused on the work of the people, all people, the citizens who depend on them. Now, more than ever, this is the path we must travel, together. Let’s seize this opportunity and push on.

All the best, always…Christopher Salazar

November Employee Spotlight

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November 2016 Employee Spotlight: Kenoa Askerneese

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Two facts about Kenoa…

1: I love music and a very diverse mix of music, might I add. Artists like Celine Dion, Kirk Franklin, Brandy, Eve, 3 Doors down and Danny Gokey, just to name a few. Music speaks to my soul.

2: I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. One day, I look forward to driving cross country and visiting some National Parks and Landmarks.

What I enjoy about working with Values into Action…

What I enjoy the most is being an intricate part in an individual’s daily life and being able to assist in providing them an outlet and or resources to live out a full and meaningful life on their accord. And to be a part of an organization that holds that as a priority is such a pleasure and a blessing.

October Employee Spotlight

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October 2016 Employee Spotlight: Ishea Moon

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1) I love to travel and try new things.

2) I enjoy doing community service, lending a hand and giving back.

I enjoy being able to provide that one on one support for the individuals in order to help make a difference in their lives. I enjoy going the extra mile to see the individuals smile and the excitement when they’ve done something incredible. I also admire how Values into Action is very family-oriented; you can always count on encouragement and support.

Looking for a Job?

Are YOU looking for a gratifying job?

Together WE Can Change the World!

Values Into Action is always looking to meet energetic people committed to making a difference.

Join the Values Into Action team!  We’ll be out and about at Job Fairs throughout the Greater Philadelphia region this fall.  Come visit and fill out an application! 

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  • Temple University Wide Job Fair 10/5/16
  • Delaware County Community College 10/5/16
  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit Parent Partnership Forum 10/17/16
  • Community College of Philadelphia Direct Support Professional Mini-Job Fair10/25/16
  • Northampton Community College Career Fair 10/26/16
  •  Muhlenberg Career Fair 11/1/16

 If you can’t make it, visit us online to apply today!

Job Fair Oct. 18th!

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October is National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) and to celebrate the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has partnered with the local Careerlink and Community College to have a job fair connecting qualified individuals with disabilities to employers who have opportunities. This event will include food and drink for employers, access to an anticipated 200 jobseekers, and an employer training. We hope that you are able to celebrate NDEAM with us! Click here for full details!

 

 

Tue, October 18, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Delaware County Community College
901 Media Line Rd
Media, PA