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Public Hearings: WIOA Unified State Plan including State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development invite the public to share comments regarding the Draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan, which includes the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified State Plan. Currently, the draft copy of the WIOA Unified State Plan, including the VR Services Portion, is available online for review and public comment here. Below are the locations, dates and times for the public meetings and all comments must be received by Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  VR specific comments can be emailed to , or mailed to the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, 402 W. Washington Street, Room W453, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, or faxed to  317-232-6478 . For other accommodations, contact  for assistance.

Facebook Ads

You might notice that Family Voices Indiana has sponsored posts or "ads" on Facebook. Why is a non-profit organization that depends on grants and donations spending money on ads? We're not. Family Voices Indiana was awarded FREE ad credits via Action Sprout as part of a promotion they were offering not for profits across the country. You can read more about the promotion here: We're very excited to be able to reach more families through this generous program. You can help, too! If you see our ads, please LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE!  It is important to note that Family Voices Indiana will never pay for social media advertising using your donations unless you specifically note that's how you'd like us to use them. We value your support and use our donations to directly benefit families who need our help.

New Tools For Families for Choosing a Health Plan

by Lauren Agoratus has come up with an important new resource to assist families in choosing health plans.  Even if parents are happy with their current plan, there is a strong likelihood of finding a comparable plan that costs less [i] , so it is important to “shop around.”  What’s New on “ will allow consumers to type in the names of their doctors, prescription drugs and preferred hospitals, and see which plans cover them…” (Source: New York Times) Consumers may have difficulty deciding on which plan is best based on the combination of premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket costs, plan network, covered benefits and medications, and so on. will now allow consumers to type in the names of their doctors, prescription drugs and preferred hospitals, and see which plans cover them.  (See Resources.) Previously, families had to go to each insurer’s site and check them individually which took a lot of time and caused

Sharing Your Story

In January, Family Voices Indiana will share its annual legislative guide. In the meantime, we wish to prepare you to be an effective advocate by passing along tips on sharing your story. These tips were based on Sharing a Family’s Story: A Tool for Family Advocacy by Iowa State University Extension to Families. Families have an important role in sharing information and first-hand experiences with policymakers to help them understand the reality and complexity of situations that families face. Stories are powerful.  Your  story is powerful. How do you tell your story effectively? Remember you are speaking because you are a parent. Your family experiences are valuable. • Think about what you will say in your presentation. Organize your ideas. • Identify two or three main points you want the audience to learn. • When you begin, briefly explain what your story will be about—  “I am going to share the special joys my children bring and what I want for their future, as wel

NEW! Medicaid Waiver Training

One of our most popular trainings is now available on youtube! Learn more about the Medicaid waiver programs in Indiana and how to apply. You can also find other resources on our website: Follow along our step-by-step guide written by one of our Health Information Specialists as she applied for and received the Family Support Waiver for her child!   Family Support Waiver Journey - Part 1 Beginning Your Journey Family Support Waiver Journey - Part 2 Completing Your Journey - After you've been targeted. Family Support Waiver Journey - Continues    Selecting Providers and Services Family Support Waiver Journey Flow Chart We hope you'll find this training helpful. If you need additional information, feel free to contact us at 317 944 8982

CIH #Waiver Changes Webinar 12.10 and 12.19

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) would like to remind families and waiver participants they are invited to attend a webinar on Thursday, December 10, at 5 p.m. to discuss the proposed changes to the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) waiver. A second family and waiver participant webinar is scheduled for Saturday, December 19, at 10 a.m. for those unable to attend. Information on how to access the webinar is listed below.  How to access the webinar   For all of these webinars, the URL is  o Participants should sign in as a guest using their name.   Audio will be voice over internet, so participants will need to use speakers or headphones to hear the presentation.   Prior to the webinar, participants should click here to test their connection. This will prompt the user with any needed updates or add-ins.   Do not log into the webinar using Citrix or Virtual Private Network (VPN).  These service