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EVV Readiness Survey

The 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress requires states to implement Electronic Visit Verification(EVV) for Medicaid-financed Personal Care Services by January 1, 2019 and Home Health Care Services by January 1, 2023. EVV is a technology (like an online time-sheet) that gathers time, attendance, and other care plan details, and is to be entered […]

What Is EVV and Why Should You Care?

Join GCDD on Friday, September 14 at 12:00 PM for the educational webinar, “What Is EVV and Why Should You Care?” GCDD’s Public Policy Director Dawn Alford and the Center for Public Representation’s Director of Advocacy Alison Barkoff will spend the lunch hour explaining new changes to Medicaid-financed personal care services and home health care […]

What is Georgia Department of Education’s SSIP?

The Office of the Special Education Programs(OSEP) has required that each State Educational Agency (SEA) develops a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) that includes a comprehensive, multi-year focus on improving results of students with disabilities. Georgia will implement a systemic plan, “Student Success”, in FY16 to improve graduation outcomes for students with disabilities.

Class Action Lawsuit filed

Parents and Advocates filed suit in federal court October 11, 2017.  The lawsuit, was filed by parents of children with disabilities, the Georgia Advocacy Office, the Center for Public Representation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Arc, DLA Piper LLP and the Goodmark Law Firm.  The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that the state of Georgia, in […]

Parents and Advocates File Suit

October 11, 2017 – Parents and Advocates sue the state of Georgia over separate and unequal education for thousands of students with disabilities.

United States Files Brief Opposing Georgia’s Motion to Dismiss

December 9, 2016 – The United States has filed a briefing opposing the State of Georgia’s Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the GNETS (Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support) program.  Read the full […]

Georgia Files Motion to Dismiss

State of Georgia Files a Motion to Dismiss November 1, 2016 – The State of Georgia filed a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the GNETS (Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support) program.  Read […]

GNETS Media Coverage

2017  Will Trump’s Justice Department Pay Attention to Disability Rights? | Mother Jones – 10/13/17  GA Psychoeducational Schools an Unconstitutional ‘Dumping Ground’, new suit claims | AJC – 10/11/17  Parents, Advocates sue state, claim inequities in GNETS schools | Georgia Health News – 10/11/17  With Federal Suit Stalled, GA Advocates File Special Education Complaint | Ed Week – 10/11/17 […]

Restraint & Seclusion

What Has Happened in Georgia? 2015 Updated March 22, 2015!  How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Policies by Jessica Butler.  This report has been updated to include changes made through March 18, 2015 to state seclusion and restraint laws and policies.  2014 On February 12, 2014, the United States Senate Health, […]