Sponsored by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Unlock the Waiting Lists! Campaign advocates investing in Georgians with disabilities so they and their families can live full lives and contribute to Georgia Communities and the Georgia economy. We believe Georgia must rebalance its system of long-term services and supports, so that fewer dollars are spent on institutional care and more dollars are invested into Home and Community Based supports


April 1, 2015

FY2016 Budget Passed

Unlock Gets in the 2016 House Budget - Thank you for your support

DCH - 75 cent increase in ICWP Rate for Personal Support Services - $1,994,142

DBHDD - 75 New NOW/COMP Waivers - $1,124,226

DD and DCH Section of 2016 Budget


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Adjournment Resolution for Legislative Day 15-40

House Meetings Calendar

Senate Meetings Calendar

Public Policy for the People Newsletter 3/31/15


NOW/COMP Community Forums

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is planning a series of six public forums to collect comments and suggestions for the Medicaid Waiver Programs for people with developmental disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Georgia. We need your input.


Disability Day - March 5th

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Get Ready for the Disability Community's Largest Annual Rally plus Five Days of Advocacy!

Join us for the 17th Annual Disability Day at the Capitol in the new Liberty Plaza, an outdoor area adjacent to the State Capitol at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and MLK, Jr. Dr.

Leading up to Disability Day on March 5, you can also be a part of one or more of five Advocacy Days:

January 21: We Need Waivers Day

January 29: ICWP Raise the Rate Day

February 4: Kids Need Real Homes, Not Nursing Homes Day

February 11: Employment First Day

February 19: Youth Day

First-timers and seasoned advocates alike are welcome to participate in Disability Day and any of the five Advocacy Days.

Be a part of the largest gathering of Georgians with disabilities, their  family members, friends and supporters to let your voices be heard at the Disability Day Rally. Plus, join fellow advocates on one of the five Advocacy Days to promote access and opportunity by educating legislators on the issues.


Important Video Regarding the New Home and Community Based Services

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Get Involved: Georgia's Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
Multiple Meetings Planned for Stakeholder Input

HCBS Fact Sheet

Statewide Transition Plan Released to CMS

State of Georgia Statewide Transistion Plan 12/16/14

Link to DCH Website on Waivers and CMS Rules


The Unlock Steering Committee: The Georgia Advocacy Office · The Arc of Georgia · The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities · The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia · People First of Georgia · The Institute on Human Development & Disability at the University of Georgia· The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University · The Georgia Council on Aging · Parent to Parent of Georgia

Thank you from the GCDD Policy Team

Dawn Alford: Acting Public Policy Director

D'Arcy Robb: Public Policy Consultant - Employment First

Dave Zilles: Public Policy Consultant - Unlock the Waiting Lists -Parent Advocate



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