Capitol Correspondence - 03.26.24

PCPID Meeting Addresses Home and Community Based Services Issues for Presidential Report

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The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) convened a meeting to delve into critical issues surrounding Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), which will feature prominently in the Committee’s upcoming Report to the President. The discussion centered on recommendations identified by four PCPID workgroups, particularly focusing on areas related to direct support professionals, employment, community living, and Federal support programs.

Notably, the direct support professional working group highlighted their recommendation for the creation of a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) noting the recent passage of the SOC bill by the Senate as a significant step forward.

In addition to advocating for the SOC, the committee discussed several policy recommendations aimed at improving HCBS. These include initiatives such as the HCBS Relief Act, the HCBS Access Act, and the Better Care Better Jobs Act, all of which are designed to enhance access to and quality of HCBS for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

The insights gained from this discussion will serve as a foundation for shaping the PCPID Report to the President, providing a comprehensive framework that addresses key challenges and outlines actionable recommendations to advance the interests and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities receiving HCBS support.