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Showing posts from November 22, 2015

Happy #Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, Family Voices Indiana is thankful....... Thankful for our board and director who volunteer their time to support our work Thankful for our families and partner agencies who connect families who need our help Thankful for our family leaders who juggle the needs of their own children with special health care needs to support the needs of others Thankful for donors who support our efforts Won’t you consider a tax-deductible donation to let us know you’re thankful, too? Family Voices Indiana  attn: Humphrey CPA Group 445 N Pennsylvania St Ste 941 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Paypal option available here: Happy Thanksgiving~ from our family to yours………

Please Support Family Voices Indiana

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CIH #Waiver Webinars

From DDRS: Starting in December, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) will be hosting a series of webinars for providers, families and individuals to discuss changes to the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) waiver.  The webinars will take place across several days and at different times to accommodate as many people as possible.  The discussion will also be broken down into provider specific and family and waiver participant specific webinars.  DDRS staff will be available to answer questions during both sets of webinars to discuss any questions that stakeholders may have regarding the proposed changes to the waiver, which was announced on November 25, 2015, in the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver Amendment (CIH Transform) announcement. Dates for the webinars are listed below as well as information on how to access them.  Dates for families and waiver participants:   Thursday, December 10, 5 p.m.   Saturday, Decem

CIH #Waiver Transformation Public Comment until Dec 28

Family Voices Indiana encourages families to comment on the CIH Waiver Transformation. Even if your child does not currently have a waiver, s/he might in the future. This is an opportunity to make sure it will address your child's needs. On January 4, 2016, the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) intends to submit a proposed amendment to the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) waiver to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for consideration.  DDRS has posted for public the CIH waiver second amendment to the  DDRS Draft Policies for Public Comment webpage , along with a frequently asked questions document.  The amendment to the CIH waiver includes additional services, and clarifications to the existing services, covered under the waiver program. Due to some limitations in the actual waiver amendment not all changes to services are reflected in that document. DDRS has posted a full set o

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act Public Comment

from DDRS:  Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), each state is required to submit a four year State Plan that outlines the state’s workforce development strategy for the state’s workforce development system. Indiana is required to submit the Unified State Plan to the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education by March 3, 2016. WIOA aims to foster better alignment of federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s requirements is for planning across core programs, which includes the writing of a Unified State Plan. The core programs include:   The Adult Program (Title I of WIOA)   The Dislocated Worker Program (Title I)   The Youth Program (Title I)   The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program (Title II),   The Wagner-Pey

#Waiverwise: Questions to Ask Prospective Service Providers

The following are good questions to ask a prospective service provider (member guidance is included in this section for provider reference):  What is the provider’s mission? (Does it match the intent you are seeking?)  Is the provider certified, accredited, or licensed? What are the standards of service?  What kind of safety measures does the provider have in place to protect and assure treatment?  How does the provider assure compliance with the person’s rights? Did you (and family members and advocates) receive copies of your rights as a consumer of services, as well as have these rights explained?  Is the provider interested in what you and your family member want or dream about?  Is the provider connected to other programs that you may need, such as day support, local school and education services, or work programs? How is the provider connected? Ask for specific contacts.  If you are to live in a home shared with other people, can families drop in whenever they wish?