This Social Worker Wants To Help Special Needs Kids. Louisiana Says She Has To Prove She’s Needed.
“Why does Louisiana have the right to stop me from doing what I love to do?” asks Ursula Newell-Davis in my new video.
Newell-Davis has helped people. She’s a social worker who’s worked with kids with special needs for 20 years. She’s really good at it.
“She helped teach me how to talk to people,” says Kamal, who never had friends before.
His mother adds, “She explained to me things that I didn’t understand about my kids.”
Newell-Davis helped many families like hers. Her clients are ecstatic about her work.
Now she wants to help more kids by starting her own business focusing on “respite” work. “Respite” means acting as backup to a primary caregiver. They fill in for a few hours or days to give a parent a break.
“Someone that can go in and teach their child a different skill,” Newell-Davis says.
She has a college degree, a master’s degree, and a social work license. But Louisiana bureaucrats won’t let her do respite work unless she can prove “there is a need for an additional HCBS provider in the geographic location for which the application is submitted” and “the probability of serious, adverse consequences to recipients’ ability to access health care if the provider is not allowed to be licensed.”
“Louisiana wants to limit how many agencies they have to regulate,” says Newell-Davis. “That makes it easy for the state.”
Easy for the state? Yes, that’s the actual reason.
Anastasia Boden of the Pacific Legal Foundation is helping Newell-Davis sue Louisiana, trying to get the law declared unconstitutional.
“Louisiana gives you no clue about how to prove you’re neede
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