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CMS Clarification about #Medicaid Covered Services for #ASD

Family Voices shares the following bulletin from the Center for Medicaid. It is important to note that ALL children with Medicaid are covered by EPSDT benefits, not just those with ASD. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. DATE: July 7, 2014    FROM: Cindy Mann, Director   Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services    SUBJECT: Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism    In response to increased interest and activity with respect to services available to children with  autism spectrum disorder (ASD), CMS is providing information on approaches available under  the federal Medicaid program for providing services to eligible individuals with ASD. EPSDT Benefit Requirements    Section 1905(r) of the Act defines the EPSDT benefit to include a comprehensive array of  preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services for low-income infants, children and adolescents  under age 21. States are required to arrange for and cover

Public Comment: Transition/Renewal Plan for CIH #Waiver

Family Voices shares the following announcement from DDRS: From: Nicole Norvell, Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services  Re: Community Integration & Habilitation Waiver Renewal and Transition Plan; Opportunity for public  comment  Date: July 7, 2014    The Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services  (DDRS) and the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) have developed a high level transition  plan on how Indiana plans to meet the new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rules.    The transition plan will include how DDRS will review state standards, rules and policies; how DDRS will  assess community based settings and a timeline for doing so; a timeframe for the completion of a  comprehensive transition plan; a process for bringing all HCBS settings into compliance and a plan for  ensuring the health and safety of individuals.    To support the transition pla

Action Alert: Caregiver Support Funds/Respite Available

Family Voices shares the following announcement from BDDS: From:  Julie Reynolds, Director, BDDS Re:  Caregiver Support Services Application Process Date:  July 7, 2014 The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) would like to announce that Caregiver Support Services funds will be available for the fiscal year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014. T he Caregiver Support Services is 100 percent state funded and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received during fiscal year 2014 for Caregiver Support Services do not carry over to fiscal year 2015. An application must be completed for each fiscal year’s Caregiver Support Services funds. Applications may be made online, by mail or in-person. To apply online, please access the following DDRS webpage at gov/BDDS/ConsumerInfo/ CaregiverSupportRequest.aspx . To apply by mail or in-person please call or visit y