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Elizabeth Chatterton

Elizabeth Chatterton is the Inbound Marketing Specialist at MediSked. She is an avid writer and a social media enthusiast.
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Judge Threatens $1 Million per Year Fines After a Lack of Progress with Sheltered Workshop Transition Plan

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 08:55 AM

The State of Rhode Island is in trouble after a serious lack of progress in a 2014 consent decree to move intellectually and developmentally disabled people out of sheltered workshops and other restrictive environments.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. ordered the state to take action (about 20 actions actually) or they could potentially face fines that could total as much as $1 million a year.
The mandated actions include the state hiring a program developer and employment specialist by the end of July and by August 1st they must "appropriately increase salaries, benefits, training, and supervision for district support professionals and job coaches."

Also included in the judge's plans is th creation of a “live database” that would enable the tracking of all involved individuals and their status. By July 29, the judge ordered, the state must provide him and Court Monitor Charles S. Moseley access to the entries from which they “will select files at random for verification.”
Most dates specified in Wednesday’s order come this spring and summer, but one is Dec. 31.
It was reported that “Governor Raimondo included a total of $6.8 million in her proposed budget to support the requirements of the Consent Decree, including $1.8 million for specific investments in integrated community employment and day services and $5 million to support wage increases for direct care workers.”  
Judge McConnell wrote that if the provisions of Wednesday's order are not met on schedule, he will hold a contempt hearing which could result in fines. "Total monies to be paid as a result of an order of this court will not exceed $1 million per year," he wrote.
The 2014 consent decree, considered a landmark in national disabilities rulings, followed a year-long investigation by the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division that found that Rhode Island grossly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department of Justice cited “the state’s failure to develop a sufficient quantity of integrated transition, employment, vocational and day services and supports for individuals with I/DD.”
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Tags: 2016

Have You Heard Dillan's Voice? Apple Shared the Story of How Technology is Changing His Life.

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 03:37 PM

As you can imagine, here at MediSked we're pretty big on using technology to transform peoples' lives for the better. We're constantly working hard to make our software platforms better and more user-friendly to benefit everyone who uses them. 

This year, we've taken a big step forwad with our incredible person-centered portal that gives individuals and their families visibility into their assessments, plans, records, and notes - and we couldn't be more proud of what we're doing! We know that providing this tool is going to open up new channels of communication and change lives - and we love to hear (and share) all kinds of stories that end that way. 

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Tags: Inspirational Individuals

Channing Tatum Was Guest #1 On the First Ever Nonverbal Talk Show & It's Awesome

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum has been on just about every major talk show imaginable - but earlier this week appeared on a type of talk show he's never done before: one hosted by Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal woman with autism.

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All the Details: MediSked #11 on The Best Places to Work in NY List

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 10:21 AM

People from the Best Companies to Work for in New York gathered at an awards dinner in Albany this week to celebrate being named to the statewide list and we had a group of very proud representatives from MediSked there to accept our award and claim our number 11 spot on the list! 

This year, there were 80 employers from around the state to make the list, which is compiled by Best Companies Group, in conjunction with the New York State Society of Human Resource Management.

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Tags: MediSked Company News