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Showing posts from November 13, 2011

DDRS bulletin: BDDS office restructuring

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities. BDDS assists individuals in receiving community supports and residential services using a person-centered plan to help determine which services are needed and who can best provide them. BDDS also monitors the quality of care and the facilities of those who are approved to provide these services in Indiana. Family Voices Indiana is embedding the letter from DDRS regarding restructuring of services so families are better informed regarding services available through BDDS. DDRS Update BDDS District Office Restructuring

DDRS bulletin: Objective Based Allocation update year 2

Family Voices Indiana shares this information with its members to ensure they can make the best decisions for their families. The Objective Based Allocation (OBA) is the method used by the state to determine the level of supports an individual needs in order to live in a community setting. The OBA is determined by combining the Overall ALGO (determined by the ICAP and ICAP addendum), Age, Employment, and Living Arrangement. It is used to determine allocations/budgets for those on the DD and Autism waivers. DDRS recently issued the following announcement regarding the second round of OBA and what individuals should expect. Individuals should be able to ask their IPMG case manager for clarification on any issues or concerns. We have embedded the letter from DDRS Ddrs Oba Update Year 2

Ntl Center for Medical Home Implementation survey

Family Voices Indiana shares this opportunity for you to share any experiences you have had with the medical home model. Tell NCMHI Your Medical Home Stories! How have you been impacted by the medical home approach to care? Through the medical home model, a pediatrician and the entire practice team provide patient- and family-centered care through a trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families, respecting their diversity, and recognizing that they are the constant in a child’s life . The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is gathering information from pediatric clinicians, families, and other medical home stakeholders about their experiences related to the value of the medical home and how it plays out in real life. The information the NCMHI is seeking will be captured in the form of testimonials and stories; quotes will be excerpted and utilized in NCMHI marketing and educational materials to portray the real-life influence that the medical hom

Featured program for November newsletter: First Steps

We will be introducing the health information specialists for the family to family health information center at Family Voices Indiana over the next few months. Their biographies will also be included on our website at . Every contractor at our center is a parent of a child(ren) with special healthcare needs and/or disabilities. We have personal experience navigating the systems and services in Indiana. We look forward to learning more about your families as well. Lizbeth Curet-Nava is one of our HIS for the Indianapolis area and currently resides in Mccordsville, IN with her husband Gilberto of 10 years and her two year old twins Carmen and Cameron. She’s originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up as a Military brat. She worked for eight and a half years as a Prenatal Health Educator and the last five years with Children's Bureau in Supervised visitation, Foster parent trainer, and Adoption Champion. Her heart is to help others and Family

Official letter from FSSA regarding incontinence items

The letter we included in the post regarding a change in incontinence suppliers came from one of our members who currently uses HPD for her supplies. The following is the official notice from FSSA: November 1, 2011 Attention: To continue receiving incontinence or ostomy supplies you need to select a new provider by December 9, 2011. Dear Member, We are contacting you to tell you about a change in providers of incontinence and ostomy supplies. Our records indicate that you have been getting these supplies from Healthcare Products Delivery, Inc. (HPD). HPD will not be an approved provider after January 31, 2012. This means that you will need to get your supplies through one of the approved providers listed below: Binson’s Incontinence Program Toll Free Phone Number: 1-888-217-9610 J&B Medical Supply Toll Free Phone Number: 1-866-674-5850 You must call one of the providers listed above prior