Mill Neck Services

Advocacy

Advocacy Advocacy is work that aims to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems. Mill Neck is an advocate for the Deaf Community—we work hard to support and educate others about the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Mill Neck has played an integral part working with Nassau and Suffolk county legislators to promote laws that would provide equal access to communication. Through our efforts, all of Long Island will be able to watch interpreted newscast when regional emergencies, such as hurricanes, occur. Nassau County has instituted a Deaf Visor bill, which will improve communication between police and a Deaf/Hard of Hearing driver during routine traffic stops. Mill Neck is working on similar regional bills in Suffolk County and has worked with state legislators to provide more equality in communication.

We work with all levels of government to make sure that they are aware of their obligations to provide equal communication access. We work with corporations, hospitals and individuals to educate and advocate for the use of professional interpreters.

Please support this action from Lutheran Services in America:

Take Action Today!

Today Lutheran Services in America is co-sponsoring a nationwide call-in day to support a permanent funding reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person Medicaid Demonstration Program (MFP) and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Spousal Impoverishment Protections. 

First passed as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2005, MFP is designed to help people with disabilities and older adults move from institutional settings into the community. The program has helped transition over 90,000 people to date and studies of the program show that it significantly improves the quality of life for program participants, while also saving important Medicaid dollars. The HCBS Spousal Impoverishment Protections help married couples live together at home, while allowing one member to access the long-term care they need.

Both programs have received several short-term extensions over the past year, but to ensure that the programs remain sustainable, it is imperative that Congress pass a permanent funding extension of both programs. In fact, Senators Grassley and Wyden announced on December 5 the first ever bipartisan agreement to include permanent funding for Money Follows the Person in the Prescription Drug Reduction Act of 2019. No matter what vehicle they choose, it is important that Congress support permanent funding solutions for both valuable programs.

What You Can Do

Call:

Check out more information on the call-in event here.

To reach your member of Congress call:

  1. Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091(tty) and ask to be connected to your senators or representative.
  2. Repeat. You can use this easy tool to find your members of Congress.

Email:
If you prefer to email your members you can use our action alert tool.

Facebook: Check out the national Facebook call-in event 

Need more information? Please contact Dania Douglas, LSA-DN Director of Policy & Advocacy, at ddouglas@lutheranservices.org or (202) 499-5831.

Contact Us

Mill Neck Family

40 Frost Mill Road, P.O. Box 193
Mill Neck, NY 11765
Phone: 516-922-3818
SVRS®: 516-558-3315

John Saal
Executive Director of Operations
516-628-4268

Loretta Murray
Executive Director

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