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Waiver Amendments and Public Comment

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services are committed to working collaboratively with individuals, families, case managers and providers to support the individuals using our home-and community-based services waivers to live their vision of a good life. As announced on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, BDDS issued a  public notice  on the intent to submit proposed 1915(b)(4) selective contracting waiver application and proposed amendments to the Community Integration and Habilitation waiver and Family Supports Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for consideration. These proposed changes are part of BDDS Case Management Innovation and Waiver Redesign work. The 30-day public comment period will run through August 27, 2021. BDDS will be hosting two webinars to assist individuals, families and other interested stakeholders understand the process of amending and introducing a waiver, how to make public comment and provide

What Can You Do to Support Families Through Future Health Emergencies?

From  Expecting Health   The  Newborn Screening Family Education Program , a core program of Expecting Health, is excited to share with you the recordings of our recent webinar series,  From Emergency to Everyday: Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn Screening . During these three sessions, we heard from key stakeholders in the newborn screening community including healthcare providers, laboratory programs, and families. In this series, the newborn screening community came together to discuss what we can "start, stop, and continue" doing to support families through future health emergencies. Together, we brainstormed solutions to challenges individuals and families faced with regard to newborn screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check out what we discussed by watching the webinar recordings on YouTube.

Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program extended through March 2022

As school year approaches, more than 40,000 scholarships are available to help working families pay for early care and before- and after-school programs INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana’s  Build, Learn, Grow  scholarship program is extending assistance to pay for a portion of before- or after-school care or early childhood education for qualified families through March of 2022. Scholarships cover up to 80% of a child’s early care and education, summer learning or before- and after-school care, ensuring families can connect to the care and education children need. More than 40,000 scholarships are still available for children – from birth through age 12 – who have a family member who works in an essential industry. Families with at least one adult working in an essential business are encouraged to apply, regardless of their income. The amount of assistance provided will be based on the family’s income. Learn more at . “As children return to school, before- and after-s

Items for Public Comment

From DDRS Updates The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has made available the following two items for public comment on the   DDRS public comment webpage. Public notice regarding amendments to the community integration and habilitation and family supports waivers Public notice regarding a proposed selective contracting waiver Additional information and how to submit public comment is  available here.

BQIS webinar: The Quality On-Site Provider Review Process

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services believe that a true person-centered system measures a service or program by its ability to achieve quality, person-centered outcomes for the individuals being supported. We also recognize that providers play a key role in helping individuals achieve their good life by facilitating choice, control and integration for the individuals receiving services. To better ensure the quality of home-and community-based services individuals are receiving, the state has created the Quality On-Site Provider Review process. This new process includes an on-site review and evaluation of the quality of services being delivered to individuals receiving HCBS. While BQIS will continue to review compliance with key regulatory requirements that are part of the assurances to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (e.g., qualified provider, employee background checks and training), additional insight will be

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Why Older Adults & Individuals with Disabilities Need Bold Investment in Medicaid HCBS

  From  Justice in Aging Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) are a lifeline for millions of older adults with disabilities. Yet, the program has been underfunded for decades, leaving huge gaps that mean millions of people are unable to get the help they need at home and thus have no choice but to move into an institution. Those lucky enough to remain at home must rely on family members, who are stretched beyond their capabilities, and often have to choose between caring for loved ones or making a living.  We have a historic opportunity to make real change and to begin to build a system that works for older adults and their families. The Better Care Better Jobs Act would invest billions in Medicaid HCBS to strengthen our care infrastructure and provide good jobs for direct care workers.  Read our new fact sheet,  Why Older Adults Need Bold Investment in Medicaid HCBS

Provider direct support professionals rate increases and the Family Supports waiver cap increase

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services are pleased to share that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the proposed extension and revision of the Appendix K waiver amendments for the Community Integration and Habilitation and Family Supports waivers. The amendment revisions include approval to increase the cap for the FS waiver and to implement the legislated rate increases under both waivers. Effective July 1, 2021, the following changes are approved under Appendix K: FS waiver cap increase  - To mitigate any potential negative impact on individuals and families that result from the rate increases, the annual cap for the FS waiver will be increased from $17,300 to $19,614 for individuals utilizing the FS waiver. FS/CIH rate increases  - As authorized and directed by the Indiana legislature’s 2021 approved budget bill and to address the shortage of qualified direct support professionals/direct care