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FSSA names agency’s first chief health equity and ADA officer

  The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that Breanca Merritt, Ph.D., will serve as the agency’s first chief health equity and ADA officer, beginning January 4. Merritt is the founding director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as a clinical assistant professor in IUPUI’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and adjunct faculty for the Africana Studies program. FSSA recently created the chief health equity and ADA officer position to provide leadership in the evaluation of policy decisions that affect race equity, to build metrics for agency accountability, ensuring agency adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to serve at the executive level working to build a culture of equity across the agency. The position will report directly to the FSSA secretary and also be responsible for leading FSSA’s Office of Healthy Opportunities. “Dr. Merritt h

Internet Sponsorship for Families

We are recruiting families for our telehealth sponsorship project! Our project aims to help families access telehealth , or virtual medical and therapy appointments. Eligible families will be sponsored for 6 months of Comcast's Internet Essentials program. Families will also participate in an online training with Family Voices IN to learn how to make the most of virtual appointments. Eligible families will: -have a child with a special health care need and related medical/therapy appointments; -be income-eligible (the guidelines are at https://www. help... ); and -live in a Comcast service area, which we can check. If you think you might be a good match, please contact us directly at 844-323-4636 or to get started and talk about next steps. We have a native Spanish speaker on staff.      FVI Home Internet Outreach by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd ESPANOL FVI Home Internet Outreach by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

Appendix K waiver amendments extension

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is committed to working collaboratively with individuals, families, case managers and providers during this extraordinary time. We appreciate the hands-on and coordinated efforts and responses our families, case managers and providers have demonstrated. As part of this commitment, BDDS has the following announcement of interest: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved an extension of our current Appendix K waiver amendments through February 28, 2021. BDDS continues to work with our state and federal partners to help mitigate the disruptions the public health emergency has caused on standard modes and methods for service delivery to individuals receiving BDDS services. For more information and resources related to Appendix K, including policy guidance and frequently asked questions, please visit  the DDRS COVID-19 resource webpage.

National Core Indicators project and survey information

The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services has participated in the National Core Indicators project since 2012. The NCI project is a collaboration between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Human Services Research Institute. NCI is utilized across 46 states to assess the quality and outcomes of developmental disability services provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NCI offers valid, reliable, person-centered measures that states use to demonstrate how publicly funded supports are impacting people’s lives and to determine where they can improve the quality of those supports. More information on NCI is available on the   BQIS website . BQIS has partnered with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, to facilitate the survey process and provide meaningful data analysis. The mission of IIDC is to work with commu

'Play Leadership Essentials' - Training for Early Childhood Educators

Playworks' 2-day  virtual interactive workshop teaches proven strategies to foster a stronger sense of engagement, prevent and redirect challenging behavior, develop social/emotional skills and enhance opportunities for physical activity. Taught by professional Playworks trainers, each workshop in the series draws on various learning styles and builds on core principles of child development. Training materials will be mailed to each participant and participants will be entered to win a mini play kit including all the equipment necessary to support safe, healthy and inclusive play!  Funded by the Indiana Department of Health, this opportunity is free to participants.  Workshops include:   The Power of Play / Group Management 1 / Effective Game Facilitation / Indoor Play Design  Register   for February 2nd and 4th OR February 17th and 19th  ECE Virtual Play Leadership Essentials_February_Statewide by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd