ADAPT has several workgroups that focus on different area of focus within the disability community. In order to participate in any of the below ADAPT workgroups you MUST be an Active ADAPT member of an ADAPT Chapter.

When you call into an ADAPT Workgroup you will need to:

Make sure to announce yourself when entering the call (Example: Hi, this is ________ from ________ ADAPT chapter).
Active participation is encouraged and recommended. Simply calling in but not interacting is not helpful to anyone.
Ask questions if you don’t understand something. We are here to help each other carry on the disability advocacy work.
The expectation of the participants is to relay the information to your local ADAPT Chapters so that the chapter can do the advocacy work.
Taking notes during the call will be helpful.
If you want to join any ADAPT Workgroup, please contact the respective Co-Chairs at the emails listed below for that workgroup.

The Workforce Workgroup

The Workforce Workgroup advocates on issues related to Personal Care Workers such as pay rates, benefits, state and local involvement with labor unions, etc.

The Workforce Workgroup meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, 5pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Cathy Cranston & Susan Stahl

Email: workforce@adapt.org

The Media Workgroup

The Media Workgroup raises public and media awareness for ADAPT Actions and other events. There are about 11 roles and responsibilities that the ADAPT media team works on during every ADAPT Action to make it a success. If you can’t make it to an ADAPT Action but want to be part of Media workgroup, no worries, there are roles that you can do from your home to help the ADAPT Media Workgroup.

The Media Workgroup meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm EST, 6pm CST, 5pm MST, 4pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Marilee Adamski-Smith

Email: media@adapt.org

The Community First Choice (CFC) Workgroup

The Community First Choice (CFC) Workgroup discusses ways on how to implement the Community First Choice Option in your State. In the meetings you will hear from States that have implemented or are in the process of implementing the Community First Choice Option in their State. We will help you through the process to get CFC in your State.

CFCO is a community-based Medicaid state plan service which includes hands on assistance, safety monitoring, and cueing for assistance with activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and health related functions based on functional need, not diagnosis or age. It supports choice, independence, and integration in accordance with the Olmstead decision. Services must be provided in a home and community-based setting and cannot be provided in a nursing facility, institution for mental diseases, or intermediate care facility. States that implement CFC will receive an additional 6% in federal matching funds, with no sunset.

The Community First Choice (CFC) Workgroup meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, 5pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Dawn Russell & Stephanie Woodward

Email: CFC@adapt.org

The Ending the Institutional Bias Workgroup

The Ending the Institutional Bias/Community Integration Act Workgroup works on issues related to ending institutional bias. For example one of the current things that we are focusing on is the EMPOWER Act which is the replacement for Money Follows Person.

The Ending the Institutional Bias Workgroup meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, 5pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Mike Oxford & Jennifer McPhail

Email: EIB@adapt.org

The Housing Workgroup

The Housing Workgroup works on accessible affordable integrated housing issues.

ADAPT demands more housing resources not less, no cuts to housing resources, no rent increases and no work requirements. Along with other ADAPT actions throughout the year the Housing Workgroup organizes actions during the National Housing Week, throughout the nation.

The Housing Workgroup meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 4:30pm EST, 3:30pm CST, 2:30pm MST, 1:30pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Daniese McMullin-Powell & Nancy Salandra

Email: housing@adapt.org

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) Workgroup

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) Workgroup is devoted entirely to the Disability Integration Act (DIA). The DIA Workgroup focuses on helping activists advocate for ADAPT’s signature legislation. The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer in the Senate and Representative Sensenbrenner in the House, to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S.910, H.R.2472) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization.

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) Workgroup meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 4pm EST, 3pm CST, 2pm MST, 1pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Dawn Russell, Jennifer McPhail & Stephanie Woodward

Email: DIA@adapt.org

The Fundraising Workgroup

The Fundraising Workgroup works on raising money for the National ADAPT Actions and other advocacy work ADAPT does.

The Fundraising Workgroup meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, 5pm PST.

Co-Chairs: Nancy Salandra & Bob Kafka

Email: fundraising@adapt.org