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Showing posts from July 14, 2019

IEPs and #Transition Planning

  IEPs and Transition Planning Caution! Is termination of eligibility before transition a good idea? Advocate Sue Whitney cautions  not to allow  the school to terminate your child’s eligibility - unless and until - you are convinced that he: is functioning well can get a good job can pursue further education if he wants from Wrightslaw

CMS Administrator Verma Proposes to Repeal the Medicaid Access Rule

July 16, 2019   Andy Schneider For the past two years, CMS Administrator Seema Verma has wanted to “ rollback ” the Medicaid Access Rule.  That’s the CMS regulation that implements the requirement in the  Medicaid statute  that rates paid to physicians and other providers be “sufficient” so that enough participate in Medicaid to give beneficiaries access to covered services.   In the spring of 2018, Administrator Verma  proposed  to partially gut the Access Rule.   About 150 organizations and individuals from 30 states and DC  commented ; of these, the overwhelming majority (some 90 percent) opposed the proposal. None of the commenters — even those favorable to the proposed gutting — urged repeal of the Access Rule altogether.   After what was undoubtedly careful consideration of these comments, the Administrator – SURPRISE! – is  proposing the repeal the Access Rule altogether .   The public comment period closes September 13, 2019. This repeal dovetails nicely with the

Ticket to Work: How It Works

How It Works Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your "employment team" that will help you on your journey to financial independence. Learn more about the type of service providers that will help you as part of your employment team . Who Qualifies? Everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of his or her disability is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program. Participati

Crisis Planning

from NAMI: For people who are gravely disabled or in immediate danger to themselves or others: Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer For people thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 For NAMI Indiana telephone support to help plan for an impending crisis: 1-800-677-6442 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For families who want to prepare for a crisis: The most important thing a family member can do is provide information. The following forms should be printed and filled-out in the case that a loved one suffers a psychiatric crisis: NAMI Indiana Crisis Guide: "Planning for and Responding to a Mental Health Crisis'" Crisis Plan Medical History Form Emergency Medical Health Information When a person is in a psychiatric crisis, it is imperative to be able to get him or her into treatment as quickly as possible. This can present a very significant challenge tha