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What’s Next? Planning for Life After High School

  From  The Social Security Administration It’s officially summertime. The sun is shining, and school is out for the year. For many young adults, it’s a time of transition from high school to their next great adventure. For those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security has a variety of Work Incentives to help the transition into adulthood go as smoothly as possible. In today’s  blog post , we discuss supports and services for those continuing their education or who are preparing to enter the workforce.  

Provider direct support professionals rate increase date corrections and billing options

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services recently issued an announcement on June 28, 2021, regarding a 14% rate increase for the following services: Adult day services – Level 1, 2 and 3 Prevocational services Respite Extended services Day habilitation – Individual and Group Small, Medium and Large Workplace assistance Transportation services – Level 1, 2 and 3 Participant assistance and care Facility based support Residential habilitation and support (daily & hourly) This communication is to correct and clarify the implementation date and billing options for providers. The intent of these funds is to support the overall goal of increasing the statewide average direct support professionals wage to $15 an hour. Therefore, the rate increase requires an authorized service provider to use at least 95% of the amount of the increase in the reimbursement rate to pay payroll tax liabilities and to increase the wages and benefits paid to eligible direct care staff. BDDS values the

FUN Activities Survey (Potential Library Program)

A teenager in Carmel, Indiana has created a venture called Friendship Unlimited Network (FUN), which is for children with special needs. The programs provide immersive, hands-on, and sensory-friendly activities because all children deserve to have fun experiences. They are planning to host events at local libraries for younger children, with story time followed by activities related to the content read. However, in order to best serve children with special needs, they need to understand which activities children enjoy and which activities should be left out of the program.  This form  was created to survey parents about what children want.  Once enough information is received, Carmel Clay Public Library will be contacted about starting the program, and all children and parents involved will be invited. 

Virtual Education Series

Join Gordon Homes, Financial Advisor & Special Care Planner, for a 4-part virtual education series to help you prepare for the future. You can attend any or all of this 4-part series that will cover a range of topics to help you and your child prepare for the future. Register here !  

CMHW 1915(i) Child and Family Team Meeting Guidelines

After review of the Child Mental Health Wraparound 1915(i) State Plan Amendment, applicable Indiana Administrative Code, and the CMHW provider module, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction has determined that it is within DMHA’s authority to interpret the existing language as to whether attendance at child and family team meetings can be held in person or virtually.  Attendance and participation in CFTMs continue to be mandatory; however, DMHA will allow attendance and participation to include virtual attendance when requested to do so by the family.  Providers are not to initiate this request. The request should be documented in the meeting minutes. The manner of attendance by team members should also be documented in the meeting minutes and/or on the sign-in sheet.  Virtual attendance is defined as attendance through an audio/video meeting platform. Providers are expected to be visible to the team members during the meeting, and to conduct meetings in a HIPAA compliant manner.

Mental Health America (MHA) is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC)

YMHLC identifies young adults (18-25) who have created programs and initiatives that fill gaps in mental health resources in their communities. From policy to apps and peer support to sports, MHA’s young adult leaders are making a difference to meet the needs of their peers. Selected applicants participate in a six-month cohort to connect and share ideas with other leaders from across the US. In addition to attending monthly 90-minute meetings over the six-month term, YMHLC members will: Receive one-on-one mentoring for their programmatic and professional growth Gain leadership opportunities at MHA and with MHA partners Highlight their work and ideas via MHA’s social media and young adult mental health resources Present at MHA local and national events and with MHA partners Join a network of young mental health leaders and MHA affiliates Receive a $1,000 stipend In line with MHA’s founding and history of consumer leadership, the Young Mental Health Leaders Council centers lived experie

Free webinar: Middle and Older Adulthood in Autism: Brain and Behavioral Outcomes

  Middle and Older Adulthood in Autism: Brain and Behavioral Outcomes | Previous studies have shown that older adults with autism traits may experience notably increased difficulty with executive function and social cognition as they age. Learn about remerging brain research on the role of the underlying neuroanatomy in seniors with ASD. Wednesday, July 7th 1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) Register Free certificates of participation are available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after each webinar.  

IDMH Consumer Service Line

Do you or a loved one have compliments, complaints, questions or concerns about mental health treatment in Indiana? The Indiana Department of Mental Health has established a Consumer Service Line to get your input.  Click here for information.