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Showing posts from February 26, 2012

Assistance for those affected by tornadoes and a guide to preparing for the future

Family Voices Indiana is here to help if you, or someone you know with special health care needs, needs assistance following the devastating tornadoes that hit Southern Indiana yesterday. We have information specialists who can help with locating area resources if needed. We also have a specialist who volunteers with the Red Cross to assist those with disabilities. Please call us if you need help 317 944 8982 or . The Arc of Indiana is also helping people with developmental disabilities connect to DDRS services . If you know of someone who has a waiver or lives in a group home and needs emergency help, please leave a msg. for Jill Ginn at 317-224-0248 If you are looking for ways to assist others, there is a list of legitimate options at the FEMA site . By learning the best ways to donate and volunteer, we can all make a difference in the lives of those affected. We have embedded a guide to assist people with disabilities to prepare for disasters. Our hearts a

Training and events

Spring brings several events to Indiana......check out our events calendar for more information. You can find a family leadership/health information specialist at these events with more info about various resources. Depending on the type of event, they may be presenting a training or be available to answer questions. If you're looking for additional events, check out the ASK calendar as well. We hope you'll stop by and say hello!

Addendum to the waiver policy regarding Environmental Modifications

Family Voices Indiana shares this info regarding an addendum to a DRRS waiver policy. If you do not have the waiver, and need a ramp for your home, please let us know and we can try to help locate resources. 317 944 8982 Effective March 1, 2012, an addendum to the home and community based waiver policy regarding Environmental Modifications will remove the requirement that permanent ramps can only be constructed of wood material. Addendum to the Environmental Modifications Policy, Section VIII Modifications/items – Covered, F. Ramp - limited to one per individual primary residence, and only when no other accessible ramp exists: 1. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), unless this is not in the best interest of the client. 2. Portable – considered for rental property only 3. Permanent 4. Vertical lift – may be considered in lieu of a ramp if there is photographic and written documentation that shows it is not possible fo

Resources for you.....

Each month, Family Voices Indiana will provide the families we serve with a summary of the month’s hottest items. If you missed us on Facebook , fear not, here is the latest! If you'd like more resources like this, please "like" us on FB! Awareness: February hosted multiple awareness and commemorative days, including: President’s Day. We shared an article featuring presidents with disabilities, ranging from hearing to mobility impairments, which is available here: . Rare Disease Day. Approximately 1 in 10 people are affected by rare diseases. Please browse our Facebook page to learn more about some of the rare diseases and disorders featured by Family Voices in February. Heart Truth National Wear Red Day. For more information about heart health, be sure to visit Feeding Tube Awareness Week. To learn practic

Family Voices Indiana healthcare financing series

Family Voices Indiana is partnering with FUSE to provide "To Your Health: A training series on financing special health care needs." The first training session is titled Navigating the Funding Maze and is now available online . Or you can view it here: It also includes a webquest, embedded below: Funding Maze Webquest This is the first in our series: Session two: Filling the Funding Gaps (April 21); Session three: All Kinds of Medicaid (August 18); Session four: Health Care Financing After Age 18 (Oct 20). Please give us feedback on how we can improve future trainings by completing this short survey . If you need help accessing any of these programs, please contact us at 317 944 8982 or info@fvindiana. org

Articles of interest regarding the Affordable Care Act

The Week in Review from the Catalyst Center featured several articles regarding The Affordable Care Act. You can sign up for their updates here . As a reminder, we are seeking family stories about how the Affordable Care Act has helped your family. You can email them to or call 317 944 8982 and leave your story on our voice mail; we will transcribe it to feature on our blog in March. We look forward to hearing from you...... Frequently Asked Questions on Essential Health Benefits Bulletin By Cindy Mann, Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services February 17, 2012 On December 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Essential Health Benefits Bulletin that gave each state the responsibility for determining its essential health benefits package. As follow up, HHS has responded to 22 frequently asked questions (FAQ) and provided additional guidance about the development of the essential h

Updates to DDRS policies affecting waiver service definitions

Family Voices encourages its members to stay up-to-date on information that may affect their family. We share this notice from DDRS regarding changes to a previous update posted 1/6/12 Recently, changes were made to service definitions in regards to relatives as paid caregivers and billing for Individual Support Team Meeting Attendance within the Developmental Disability Waiver. Upon further review of two of these changes, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has decided to make the following updates: Residential Habilitation and Supports (RHS) Relatives as Caregivers – The 40-hour-per-week limit on the combined total delivery of RHS service hours to an adult waiver participant by any combination of parents, step-parents and/or legal guardians will remain in place. However, a review process for those seeking a waiver of this rule will be put into place and released later this week. For anyone granted a waiver of the rule, the 40-hour-per-week limit for eac