The following is a roundup of news articles recently featured in the TASH membership newsletter, TASH in Action!
New Effort Emerges to Curb Restraint, Seclusion in Schools – Disability Scoop
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would bar restraint and seclusion in schools. Disability advocates are optimistic about federal protections for students, as many national organizations, including TASH, have applauded the introduction of this legislation. Some believe, though, the bill will face an uphill battle. There are currently no co-sponsors in the Senate, and opposition groups, including the American Association of School Administrators, have argued against it.
Read the full story here: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/01/03/new-restraint-senate/14690/
High School Diploma Requirement Might Violate ADA – Washington Times
In an informal discussion letter, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission noted an employer’s requirement of a high school diploma must be “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.” Otherwise, the EEOC warns, employers may risk screening out some individuals with disabilities. The letter has ignited debate on both sides of the issue, although it does not carry force of law.
Judge Blocks California Budget Cut to Hospitals for Medi-Cal – The Sacramento Bee
U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder issued an order on December 28 blocking the implementation of a 10 percent rate reduction to Medi-Cal, a budget cut implemented by California lawmakers to save $623 million. The judge cited an argument already made by advocates and court plaintiffs that the state had failed to review whether Medi-Cal patients would lose sufficient access to care.