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Information for Advocates

Materials and Resources

Compiled by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

Federal Legislation



What it means for People with Disabilities

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

Became Law on
March 6, 2020

The bill requires that agencies "pay back" money that was moved from programs like NIDILRR and emergency heat funding when the crisis began. 

Families First Coronavirus
Response Act

Became law on March 19, 2020

Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. Increased paid leave. Enhanced Unemployment Insurance to people unable to work. Increased funding for food security programs.


Became law on March 27, 2020

  • Allows state Medicaid programs to pay for direct support professionals to assist disabled individuals in the hospital
  • $13.5 billion available for formula grants to States, which will then distribute 90 percent of funds to local educational agencies to meet needs of all students, including students with disabilities
  • $85 million for Centers for Independent Living
  • $50 million for Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Extension of Money Follows the Person and Spousal Impoverishment through November 30, 2020
  • Waives nutrition requirements for Older Americans Act (OAA) meal programs during the public health emergency related to COVID-19 to ensure seniors can get meals in case certain food options are not available

Paycheck Protection Program and Heath Care Enhancement Act

Became law on April 24, 2020

  • $321 billion to refill the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • $60 billion in economic disaster loans for small businesses
  • $75 billion to help hospitals treat COVID-19 patients and address drops in revenue
  • $25 billion for states to increase testing capabilities

Package 4

Congress has begun work 

Your voices are needed to make sure the needs of people with disabilities are addressed!

Taken from the AUCD webpage.


Emerging Issues

Domestic Violence

Why the Increase in Domestic Violence During COVID-19? COVID-19 has triggered common factors associated with domestic violence.

What We Know About Crises And Domestic Violence — And What That Could Mean For COVID-19

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19

COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence

How COVID-19 may increase domestic violence and child abuse

Information for Consumers and Families

Materials and Resources Compiled by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

About COVID-19 Symptoms

Important Things to Know about COVID-19, Brandeis Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Plain Language Fact Sheet on COVID-19, Information By and For People with Disabilities, Green Mountain Self Advocates

CDC COVID 19 Information (e.g., symptoms, what to do if you are sick)

Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)

What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know (ACL)

Disability Rights During COVID-19

IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution Procedures, A QA document regarding dispute resolution procedures during COVID-19, U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19; Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities


Information for Staff and Providers

Materials and Resources Compiled by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators


Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC)

Working Remotely During COVID-19


Resources to Support People Experiencing Homelessness (CDC)

ACL Aging and Disability Networks (e.g., resources for reopening, etc.)

Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes (CDC)

Guidance for Direct Service Providers (CDC)

Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities (CDC)

Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, and People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders (CDC)

People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders (CDC)

State and Federal Policies

Compiled by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

State Policies

Guidance for Home Health Aide and Personal Care Aide Training Programs, June 1, 2020 (NY)

COVID-19 Guidance for Re-Opening In-Person Community Support, Work Support, and Career Planning Services Under MaineCare, May 21, 2020

Community and Employment Support- Group Service Settings COVID-19 Risk/Benefit Discussion Guide (ME), May 29, 2020

SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #23: NC Innovations and NC TBI Waivers Community-Based Services (HCBS) Flexibilities for Waiver Beneficiaries Enrolled in 1915(c) HCBS Waivers, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Information & Programmatic Guidance for Home-Based Services (VT), March 17, 2020

West Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Providers Precautions Memo, March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

50 State Health Department COVID-19 Resources for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Maine Aging and Disability Services COVID-19 Resources & Information for Developmental Disability and Brain Injury Programs

New York Department of Health Guidance for Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 1915 (c) Medicaid Waiver Providers in Response to COVID–19

Federal Policies

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Approved 1135 Waivers

Approved Appendix K

CMS Disaster Toolkit and Response

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies, May 5, 2020

Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit

Fact Sheet: Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP

U.S. Department of Education

RSA Questions & Answers Document Concerning State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services, American Indian VR Services, and Randolph-Sheppard programs, May 14, 2020

Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Outbreak: Q&A

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resources Regarding Housing Programs and COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

COVID-19 and the ADA


International Public Policies

Disability Considerations during the CVOID-19 Outbreak, World Health Organization (WHO)


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