From the State Olmstead Office:
The West Virginia Olmstead Office will be holding a series of community forums around the state to:
1) Share information about the Olmstead decision and West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan, and;
2) solicit stakeholder input and feedback for updating the goals, objectives and action steps of West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan.
The forums have been scheduled and they are:
September 25, 2:00 and 5:00 – Huntington – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office
October 1, 2:00 and 5:00 – Beckley – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office
October 16, 2:00 and 6:00 – Parkersburg – Judge Black Annex
October 24, 2:00 and 6:00 – Fairmont – Colasessano’s Restaurant
Further information can be found on the appropriate community announcement flyer.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Vanessa K. VanGilder, Olmstead Coordinator
Olmstead Office, Office of the Inspector General
State Capitol Complex
Building 6, Room 817-B
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304 558-3287
Toll Free: 866 761-4628
Fax: 304 558-1992
The Friendship House and NWVCIL invite you to attend our annual Community Picnic! Everyone welcome!
Friday, September 21st from 11 AM – 3 PM at Marilla Park Pavilion. Please call (304) 296-6091 for more information.
As an added bonus, there’s now a bus route that passes by the pavilion! Please see http://www.busride.org/Maps-Schedules/Routes/8-Brookhaven for more information regarding that route.
The SILC is currently gathering public input for the development of the FFY 2020-2022 State Plan for Independent Living. We are reaching out to people with disabilities, advocates, providers, and others through an on-line survey now available at:
Take Action for MFP on the Olmstead Anniversary!
This Thursday, June 22, 2018, is the 19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision cementing the ADA’s integration mandate. To commemorate the day, NCIL is joining other national disability organizations in hosting a National Call-In Day for the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306).
Since Money Follows the Person (MFP) began in 2005, over 75,000 disabled people have been liberated from institutions, and CILs have played a critical role in that. But MFP expired on September 30, 2016, and states are starting to scale back and end their programs. In fact, last year was the first time the number of people transitioned into the community declined. We need your advocacy to get the House and Senate to pass the EMPOWER Care Act to reauthorize and fund MFP!
Congress must save and fund MFP, and they need to hear from us! Please urge your Senators and Representative to continue the Money Follows the Person program by co-sponsoring the EMPOWER Care Act!
Participate in Thursday’s National Call-In Day! Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act! All members of Congress can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). Find more information, including talking points, at the Facebook event. RSVP and share widely!
Use Social Media! Post on Facebook and Tweet at your members of Congress. Find your Members’ Twitter handles and other contact information on Contacting Congress. Make sure to use the hashtag #FundMFP in your posts. You can find more information, including sample Tweets, at the Facebook event.
Email your members of Congress! Customize a message to your Members of Congress online.
The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) is seeking volunteer Board members to provide direction and guidance for its community based, consumer-directed, nonprofit disability resource and advocacy center that provides independent living services throughout a 13-county service area.
Board meetings are held in Morgantown bimonthly. Any out of pocket expenses related to board participation are reimbursed. We are seeking people who can assist with strategic long-range program and financial planning, succession planning and resource development.
As a consumer-directed agency, 51% of the Board positions must be held by qualified individuals with disabilities who represent community members, local business representatives, people with disabilities and others who support and promote equality for all.
INFO: Jan Derry, Executive Director at 304-296-6091 or firstname.lastname@example.org