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SAVE THE DATE - DDRS Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting 6.25

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) is pleased to announce an opportunity for all stakeholders, providers, families and individuals to engage with and receive updates from DDRS. Representatives from First Steps, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Quality Improvement Services and the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services will be providing updates on the services and programs offered.   The DDRS Stakeholder Quarterly Meetings will be an ongoing pathway to enhance communications among the division and the people they serve. The first meeting will be held:   June 25, 2018 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Indiana Government Center South, Auditorium 402 W Washington Street, Indianapolis A web attendance option will be available and information with a link will be sent out at a later date. Watch for future dates as they are scheduled. We look forward to seeing you there!

Behavior Supports

We've been receiving more inquiries about behavior supports. We thought we'd share this resource and encourage you to explore the various resources: BEHAVIOR Notes for Parents: When your child engages in difficult behaviors  (PDF) - David Pitonyak 10 Things You Can Do to Support A Person With Difficult Behaviors  (PDF) - David Pitonyak Behavior in the Early Years - Power Point Presentation  (PDF) - OTAC Behavior in the Early Years - Blank Worksheets  (PDF) - OTAC Behavior Data Tracking in the Classroom - Blank Form  (PDF) - Patti McVay Behavior Planning  in the Classroom  - Blank Form  (PDF) - Patti McVay Behavior Pathway Worksheet  - Blank (PDF) Behavior Pathway Worksheet Definitions  (PDF) Behavior Pathway Worksheet Examples  (PDF) found here:

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Medicaid In-Home Services

 from Ntl FV: The 21 st  Century Cures Act, enacted last year, requires states to implement "electronic visit verification" (EVV) for Medicaid personal care services (PCS) and home health service (HHCS) provided in a beneficiary's home in order to ensure that the services are actually delivered. For details, see  this page from . On May 16, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued an  Informational Bulletin  to states to provide guidance on how to implement an EVV system.   Some provider and patient groups have expressed concern that the agency's interpretation of PCS and HHCS may be too broad, and that patient privacy and civil-rights protections may be too weak. See  Worries Abound Over Medicaid Mandate That Caregivers Check In  (Disability Scoop, 5/18/18). In order to provide more time to implement the EVV requirement, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced, on May 22, a bipartisan bill to delay for o

New Rules for State Selection of Benchmark Plans to Determine Essential Health Benefits

from Ntl FV: In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2019 "Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters" (NBPP), which governs insurance offered in the individual and small group markets pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 2019 NBPP alters the way that states can establish their benchmark plans for 2020 and beyond, allowing states to establish less generous benefits packages. States that want to update their EHB benchmark for plans sold in 2020 must submit their selection to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by  July 2, 2018 , and they must post a notice for public comment on a relevant state website.   State family leaders can provide input as their states choose their benchmark plan and thus determine the benefits required to be covered in their state. The National Health Law Program recently released a  Step-by-Step Guide to Updating States' Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plans ,  which can

Anticipated Immigration Rule to Expand the Definition of "Public Charge"

from National FV: Under current immigration regulations, people who are or may become a "public charge" - i.e., dependent on certain government programs - may be denied a visa, permanent residency or citizenship. Although   no official proposal has been released yet , a   leaked   version of the proposed regulation indicates that it would let immigration officials deem a person to be a public charge under many more circumstances.   Currently, an applicant for a visa or a change in immigration status may be deemed a public charge only if they receive (1) long-term care, or (2) cash benefits --Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the  leaked version  of the proposed rule, a public-charge determination could be based on the immigrant's participation or expected participation in many  more  public programs  AND  immigration officials could consider  whether any of an applicant's dependent family members-incl

Aged & Disabled waiting list implementation

Aged & Disabled waiting list implementation The Division of Aging (DA) is tasked with administering the Aged & Disabled (AD) Waiver. Based on funding available for waiver services, each year there are a finite number of slots available for AD waiver participants. With the increase in the number of participants, the DA has observed that the number of available slots for Fiscal Year 2018 is nearing capacity and will soon begin implementation of a waiting list for AD waiver services. The DA continually monitors slot availability with intent to maintain open waiver slots.Following the start of Fiscal Year 2019, the Division estimates slots will become available on or about  July 2, 2018 . At this time, the Division will transition participants from the waiting list.   Please note that once the waiting list is lifted, participant waiver status will be effective the day the participant is approved to receive services on the waiver. The Division is unable to make retroact

Mortality Review webinar rescheduled

Data Forum: Mortality Review webinar    The Data Forum: Mortality Review on May 21, 2018, hosted by the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS), experienced technical difficulties which prevented users from participating. Therefore, BQIS is pleased to announce a repeat webinar will be held on  June 12, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST  to share trend data on mortalities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in services with the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS). BQIS will share aggregate data for individuals in BDDS’ services as well as comparative data with general populations both in Indiana and nationally. The presentation will include a white paper on the Mortality Review Committee’s recommendations made to providers as well as information on resources to address identified issues. Time will be allotted for open forum discussion. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the BQIS website for future reference. Below is information regard

Building Bridges: Supporting families and self-advocates through engagement

  The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) is pleased to introduce Building Bridges. Building Bridges events are new opportunities for families and self-advocates to meet and speak with BDDS’ state staff. These sessions are an important part of the Bureau’s efforts to create direct avenues for individuals and families to share their feedback. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes, concerns, as well as suggestions or input regarding BDDS programs and services.  At each meeting state staff will provide brief updates from the Bureau as well as field questions about services and programs administered by BDDS. It is the desire of BDDS that these meetings will allow for meaningful conversations that result in positive outcomes and stronger relationships. We hope you will consider joining us!  All meetings will be from  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.   local time. The fol

New service will coordinate non-emergency transportation for fee-for-service members

For many Indiana Medicaid members, finding a ride to and from the doctor’s office or other medical provider is getting easier starting in June of 2018. A company called Southeastrans will manage all non-emergency transportation Traditional Medicaid members (you may also see this called "fee-for-service" Medicaid). This includes any member who is NOT in a managed care program such as Hoosier Healthwise, Hoosier Care Connect or the Healthy Indiana Plan. Letters are being mailed to these members and their authorized representatives in May 2018. What this means for members: For Traditional Medicaid members, with one phone call to the Southeastrans Trip Reservation Line at 855-325-7586 your trip will be scheduled for you. This also means that for trips covered by Medicaid on or after June 1,  you can no longer call a transportation company or a taxi cab yourself. Southeastrans will set up all your trips with a transportation provider. Calls must be made at least two bus