LSA Disability Network Advocacy

Public Policy and Advocacy

What we believe

LSA-DN believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be full participants in the community with the right to determine where they live and work and how they contribute to society. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have a real choice about how and where they receive quality supports and services. This means the transformation of the Medicaid structure so that individuals are equally entitled to home and community-based services (HCBS) that meet their individual needs as they are now entitled to institutional care. It is not only the just thing to do, but it is cost effective and supported by the Olmstead Supreme Court decision.

Our Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports

Structure Medicaid so that supports and services are completely self-directed and in the appropriate setting of the person's choice within a sustainable funding framework.

  1. Medicaid mandate would not be tied to setting. Individuals would be equally funded in a community-based or institutional setting as fiscally appropriate.
  2. Supports and services would be based on functional need rather than diagnosis or age.

Our Social Values

Read LSA-DN's social values statement to learn more.

Our Policy Priorities

  • Person-Centered Medicaid Reform
  • Protect and Strengthen Medicaid
  • Restructure Medicaid Funding

LSA-DN's Policy & Advocacy Team (PAT)

Convener: Bill Kallestad, Vice President of Programs and Services Lutheran Services in Iowa

PAT Members:

Cody Lewton, Director of Services for People with Disabilities - Lutheran Services in Iowa

Mark Matulka, Government Affairs Director - Mosaic

Lisa Morgan, Chief Operating Officer - Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

Scott Morrison, Vice President of Maine Operations - Ascentria Care Alliance

Maureen Quinn, Government Relations Strategist - KenCrest

Ray Ratke, Chief Executive Officer - Lutheran Family Services of Virginia 

Susie Schatz, Director of Advocacy & Volunteer Services - Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Tim Sheehan, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services - Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Carol Slight, Director of Residential Services - Lutheran Ministries of Mercy

Rita Wiersma, Chief Executive Officer - Community Inolvement Programs

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