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Showing posts from September 23, 2012

Powerful Parents meeting 9.26

A member of Family Voices Indiana attended the Powerful Parents meeting hosted by DDRS in Indy last night. The handouts included those previously shared in DDRS communications: Individuals now have a choice of case management companies for the FS and CIH waivers. More companies may be added in the future: Individuals on the CIH waiver will have transportation services available and the FS waiver has personal assistance added: Changes will be made to a CIH waiver on their 2013 annual review date: And the following handouts regarding services, eligibility and facts about the new DD waiver system: If you have questions, please

DDRS Health Homes Initiative

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information regarding DDRS new health home initiative. DDRS is in the process of developing a proposal to submit to CMS for approval. You can find the powerpoint embedded below. According to the powerpoint: The Affordable Care Act authorized a health home provision [Sec. 2703 & Sec. 19459(e)] that enables states to build a person-centered care system to improve outcomes for beneficiaries and ensure better services and value for state Medicaid and other programs Health homes are an evolution of the medical home model; health homes are intended for individuals with chronic conditions with care coordination efforts incorporating all the medical, behavioral health, and social supports and services needed by a beneficiary. Care coordinators will be augmented by existing case management and encompass services outside the waiver such as primary care and preventative services Who will be eligible? Per CMS, the target popula

Important family supports waiver application information

On Sept 14, Family Voices Indiana shared information about the new application paperwork for the family supports waiver. It included this information: We (the state) did update our application for services in an attempt to make the application more simple and clear to individuals and families. The Application For Developmental Disability Services can be located on the web at 3349.htm .     Currently we are still accepting the old forms until December.   We did not, however, get this information about additional paperwork that is needed: HIPAA form (embedded) Confirmation of Diagnosis, found electronically at www.IN.Gov/fssa/2328.htm   Families and individuals who wish to apply for the family supports waiver should complete these 3 forms as part of the application process. You can also request that the forms be mailed to you via the BDDS office. You can find a list of those here:   If you believ

The National Forum on Disability Issues- Sep. 28th, in Columbus, OH

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information with its members so they can educate themselves on where the candidates stand on disability issues. The National Forum on Disability Issues is an historic nonpartisan event. The 2012 event builds on the success of the first ever forum organized by the disability community in 2008. The forum will focus on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential candidates. Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio will also be invited to participate. The candidates will be given the opportunity to provide their positions on a wide variety of disability issues directly to the disability community. Edward M. "Ted"  Kennedy, Jr., and Rep.  Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) are speaking on behalf of their respective parties at the  National Forum on Disability Issues  (NFDI) to present their campaign's positions on matters relating to Americans with disabilities. Each representative will occupy the stage exclusi