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Indiana Disability Rights (IPAS) Priorities Survey

PROPOSED GOALS & PRIORITIES FOR 2016-2017  This document is being shared in an effort to obtain public input into the Proposed Goals & Priorities for Indiana Disability Rights to focus on from October 2016 – September 2017. Please send any questions, comments, or requests for accommodation to ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.Org.  You may respond to a survey regarding this proposal here:  Please also like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at to learn about public meetings around the state where you will have another opportunity to comment.  Public comments will be accepted from June 1, 2016 – August 15, 2016. A final draft will be posted by August 20 and a public hearing will be held at the Indiana Disability Rights office on August 27, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Governor's Health Workforce Council

Meetings are open to the public. GOVERNOR’S HEALTH WORKFORCE COUNCIL Upcoming Meetings Thursday, September 1, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room A 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 Monday, December 5, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room 1 & 2 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 Past Meetings June 3, 2016 Agenda Minutes GHWC Presentation February 29, 2016 Agenda Minutes GHWC Presentation Council Taskforces Education, Pipeline, and Training Taskforce Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce Taskforce About Governor Mike Pence created the Governor’s Health Workforce Council, which is charged with coordinating health workforce-related policies, programs, and initiatives within Indiana in order to reduce cost, improve access, and enhance quality within Indiana’s health system. The Council is also focused on developing data-driven health workforce polic

Withdrawal of CIH Waiver Amendment

On January 4, 2016, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) submitted a Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waiver amendment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  On June 16, 2016, DDRS withdrew the proposed CIH waiver amendment to make necessary enhancements and further align the CIH waiver with the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Final rule, which Indiana must demonstrate compliance with, by March of 2019.  The current CIH waiver will remain in effect until DDRS submits a new amendment that is approved by CMS. For specific information related to HCBS, the final rule may be found at the following website by clicking here . DDRS values its stakeholders and as such, will continue to afford stakeholders opportunities to provide input on its waiver programs before submitting any future waiver amendment to CMS. DDRS will make additional information regarding any f

Apply/Reapply for Caregiver Supports July 1

Families can renew their application or apply for Caregiver Support Services (CGS), starting July 1. FVI note: Apply here: or call your local BDDS office   Limited funds are available for Caregiver Support Services and funds are available on a first come, first served basis. The fiscal year for CGS begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, and renews on July 1, 2017. The hours are given out first come, first served, through local BDDS offices. Some districts do run out of funds. CGS are  not  available to the primary caregiver if the individual is receiving or begins to receive other services from the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) or programs such as (but not limited to) Medicaid Waivers, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, First Steps, CHOICE.  FVI note: Families can argue that other DDRS services do not include respite and ask for consideration. What is Caregiver Suppo

Listening Sessions about A&D and TBI waivers

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is considering new options for how it delivers home- and community-based services (HCBS) for older adults and people with physical disabilities or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). As part of this process, FSSA is soliciting input from people across the delivery system.  FSSA is hosting listening sessions for Older Adults and wants to hea r from YOU about the service delivery system and possible areas for improvement for how people in Indiana use HCBS.  Who Should Attend? Older adults who receive services, their family members, caregivers, and advocates What is on the Agenda? Representatives from the state will present their vision for the service delivery system in Indiana for people using HCBS. Listening sessions are designed to gather input from attendees about current strengths and possible opportunities for improvement in the HCBS service delivery system.  Attendees will provide feedback on the following topics: • H