As issues of interest arise (or continue to be of interest!) in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, TRPIL staff works diligently to inform, advocate for, and otherwise support our members' and consumers' independent living goals.
We are hosting a listening session at our offices on June 25, 2018 at 2 PM. Call Brenda or Kate to RSVP. Join us to voice your concerns about these changes and your experiences. Your stories matter.
To find all of your state and federal representatives in one place, just text (520) 200-2223 with your zip code as the message. You will get a text back with all of their phone numbers in one convenient place.
The Washington County Development Transit Plan has been released!
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), in partnership with the Washington County Transportation Authority (Freedom Transit) and Washington County, has developed a draft plan for the future of public transit in the county.
To read more about this plan, visit FREEDOM TRANSIT's website.
Changes Coming to MLTSS
January 1, 2018 Pennsylvania began rolling out Community Health Choices, a new managed-care system that encompasses physical health and long-term care. 14 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania including our service area are part of phase 1. Existing participants should have received a packet with instructions on how to enroll in one of the three chosen Managed Care Organizations. For existing participants, very little change is expected during the continuity of care. That lasted until June 30 of 2018. For more information about Community Health Choices and how it will affect you. You can visit the state website by clicking HERE or call us at 724-223-5115 and asked to speak to Brenda Dare or Kate Blaker.See our Managed Long Term Services & Supports (MLTSS) page for more info
Small victory in Healthcare...Advocacy Leads to Change
This banner that says "Medicaid = Life + Liberty 4 Disabled, and also features the universal access symbol in bright colors was created by TRPIL staff for use at NCIL 2017
Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
The PA Treasury has launched a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program website that provides quick and easy access to essential information on the upcoming program to give individuals with qualified disabilities a tax-free way to save for future disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. The site also has a short quiz to help determine eligibility, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section and allows users to sign up to receive updates on the program, including when accounts open for enrollment. For more information, click HERE .
Important Registration Information for VRS Users
Important registration information for users of video relay services (VRS) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If you use this service, please be sure to register before the end of the month (02/28/2018) to ensure continued access!
For more information, watch this VIDEO
We won an advocacy victory recently, called Nurse Delegation that will mean direct care workers can be trained to do many tasks that formerly only able to be carried out by nurses. This could lead to grater flexibility in your daily schedule and control over your life.
Call TRPIL at 724-223-5115 for advocacy assistance.
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Disability Rights Legal Decisions
For an archive page of important recent legal decisions about disability rights, see our page HERE.