December 28, 2018
VOR Weekly News Update
VOR is a national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
VOR promises to empower you to make and protect quality of life choices for individuals with developmental disabilities
Due to the Holidays, this is an abbreviated edition of the Weekly Newsletter.

We thank all our members and donors for their continued support, and we will return next week with more news on issues important to our VOR family.


Fundraising, 2018

By now, most of our members and donors have contributed to our year end fund.
Thank you all for your generosity.

If you haven't contributed yet, or if you would like to increase your contribution,
there is still time to do so before year's end.

We have almost reached our goal of matching donations. Please help us take advantage of this generous offer!

Is investing in the future of their loved ones by offering to
match up to $10,000 in donations to VOR during our
2019 Winter Fundraising Campaign!

Please help us take advantage of their generous offer!

*Formerly the Woodbridge Developmental Center Parents Association

National News:

The bill to renew Money Follows the Person (MFP), which had passed in the House repackaged under IMPROVE Act, HR 7217. MFP w as passed in the spending package by voice vote last week. This is the Continuing Resolution that has been held up in the dispute over funding for President Trump's wall on our southern border. At this writing, there is no resolution in sight, so the funding for MFP has not yet passed.

If a new bill is written, it will probably include the MFP Renewal, but there is no way to predict what will happen as the standoff continues.

VOR will continue to report on this matter.

VOR remains opposed to Money Follows the Person because it has been used to pressure and coerce individuals and their guardians to leave long-established ICF homes and enter the waiver system. This reduces the population at ICFs, many of which have been closed to new admissions. The diminishing of the population lowers the economy of scale that ICFs rely upon, and gives the one-size-fits-all advocates more reason to insist on closing the ICFs.

VOR appreciates your help in promoting a Full Continuum of Care and Family Choice.
What's Happening In Your Community?

Is there an issue in your loved one's home that you need help with?
Do you have information or a news story you would like to share?
Is there legislation in your state house that needs attention?

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