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Public Survey from The Governor's Council for People with Disabiliites

  . Help us create our 5-Year State Plan! The State Plan is used to create specific grant proposals, and this Public Survey will be the first step in identifying problems and needs. The Council believes it is important to know what people like you find important. We have broken the surveys out into three separate groups: People with Disabilities; Parents, Family Members, and Guardians; and Disability Professionals and Other Stakeholders. We know that there are absolutely people who fit into more than one of those categories! We ask that you fill out the survey that you feel the most comfortable identifying with; please do not fill out more than one survey. Our testers have reported that the survey may take as little as 10 minutes, or as long as 45 minutes, to fill out. Please make sure that you set aside enough time to fully make your opinions count! Like the Census, this is a way to help make sure that you have a say in your government and your community! The surveys are here: Survey

Role of Medicaid in COVID Vaccination Distribution

  Health Affairs has published a brief discussing the role Medicaid may play in ensuring equitable access to COVID vaccinations when they become available. Specifically addressed is the dichotomy of Medicaid providers as a key access point for vaccinations for vulnerable populations, but that low reimbursement formulas deter some providers from participating in vaccination programs. If vaccination reimbursement formulas are left to the state, as they were during H1N1, this will call for advocacy of fair reimbursement rates in each state to promote broad provider participation. Another strategy suggested in the brief is to advocate for a national reimbursement standard. One method to do so would be raising the Federal Matching Assistance Percentage to 100 percent, similar to how COVID testing reimbursement rates were set. Full Health Affairs Brief From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter 9.17.20

Studying immunity to COVID-19

Researchers at Riley Hospital for Children and the Indiana University School of Medicine are studying COVID-19, and are currently seeking children and adults who have tested positive for COVID-19 and/OR identify as African American or Black or Hispanic or Latino. The DISCOVER study is looking to collect information that will help develop and discover treatments for the virus and need people of different ages, races and ethnicities to take part.  Find out more information and if you may qualify by going to  https://AllINforHealth. info/discover

How to Distinguish ADHD Warning Signs from Typical Toddler & Preschooler Behavior from ADDitude

  ADHD EXPERT WEBINAR How to Distinguish ADHD Warning Signs from Typical Toddler and Preschooler Behavior EXPERT: Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D. Thursday, September 24 @ 1pm U.S. Eastern Time  -   Register today to reserve your spot and get access to the replay   Can't attend the live webinar?  Register now anyway to  guarantee access to the replay » Most toddlers and preschoolers exhibit some ADHD-like signs — becoming easily distracted, talking and moving nonstop — as part of their normal and healthy development. These neurotypical behaviors are difficult to distinguish from the patterns associated with ADHD at such a young age. As a result, many parents take the approach of waiting for behaviors to improve — but waiting too long can cause serious problems for children who  do  have ADHD.

Before a Mental Health Crisis Hits: Creating a Family Safety Plan

A Family Safety Plan is a tool created collaboratively with your loved one with lived experience of mental health condition(s), family members, medical staff and friends. It’s your “playbook” of the best ways to minimize or divert a mental health crisis. Find more information and resources in the document below. Creating a Family Safety Plan by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

Take the Americans with Disabilities Act at 30 Survey for Hoosiers

You are invited to complete this survey about the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Indiana. The purpose of this survey is to ask Hoosiers with disabilities, family members, people in the disability field, and interested others to share their thoughts about the ADA as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of this civil rights law for people with disabilities. The results will help us better understand how Indiana communities are doing in complying with the ADA.   The survey should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your answers will be anonymous. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and you may stop answering at any time.   You can take the survey at the following web page:       The survey will be open until September 21. Visit ADA-Indiana ( ) to find out more about our organization and activities.   If you have a question or need help, contact Matt Norris at

Back Home in Indiana Alliance Webinar 9/15/2020

Tuesday, the Council-backed Back Home in Indiana Alliance will be holding a webinar on the Indiana General Assembly and Housing. They'll be discussing how to get involved with making your voice heard during the budgeting process for the Indiana General Assembly; we know that budget cuts are coming due to Covid-19, so it's very important to make sure that people with disabilities and other people facing housing barriers are prioritized and protected.   When: September 15, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM (DST)  How to Register: 3amq   From Governor's Council for People with Disabilities Newsletter 9.11.20

IHCP Update

Changes to age restrictions on diagnosis and procedure codes among other changes covered in this IHCP Update. Br 202036 by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd