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Latonya Reeves Freedom Act

The Latonya Reeves Freedom Act is bipartisan civil rights legislation that addresses the injustice of people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) being forced into institutions.

This legislation is very important to me. The previous version was known as the Disability Integration Act, which builds on decades of Disability advocacy and activism to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. I was forced to live in an institution. I had no autonomy or self determination at the nursing home. I had to abide by all the rules and policies of the nursing home.

I witnessed people being abused. There was also neglect.

It wasn't a safe environment for anyone. These institutions are filled with violence.

We must be giving Disabled People the option to live with HCBS.

LRFA is named after Latonya Reeves, who after having been institutionalized as a child, found herself at risk of being sent back into an institution because the state of Tennessee did not provide the services and supports Latonya needed to live in freedom. Her story is like many others.

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