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Self-Advocates of Indiana September Monthly Issues Forum: 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support Team Stakeholders Feedback Session

Are you a person with a disability who has experienced a mental health, substance use, and /or suicide related emergency?  If so, did you use the 911 emergency services?  We’re you treated with dignity and respect by emergency personnel? Was crisis intervention provided by the appropriate team of experts? Join Self-Advocates of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana on Wednesday September 15, 2021, at 4pm (EST) as we partner with Christopher Drapeau State Suicide Prevention Director, Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and FSSA to gain knowledge into the planning and implementation of 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support team in Indiana. Learn what is meant by the three pillars of Crisis Now Model and who’s part of the three pillars of crisis support. Background - The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was signed into law on October 17, 2020. This was done to “transition the cumbersome, existing 10-digit National Suicide Hotline to a universal, easy-to-remember, 3-digit phone number an

Child Mental Health Wraparound Program Updates

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction making changes to the Child Mental Health Wraparound program and has recorded a webinar available for review. Changes to the CMHW State Plan Amendment and program policies impact the following areas: Wraparound facilitation provider organizations CMHW incident reporting CMHW access site Habilitation and training and support for the unpaid caregiver Respite Supplemental training for providers Enhancements to the Tobi database Some changes are immediate, some will begin in the first quarter of 2022, all changes will be fully implemented by Dec. 31, 2022. Questions and comments may be submitted to the DMHA Youth Services email, . The webinar may be accessed  by clicking here.   

Enroll In Child Neurology Foundation's New Peer Support Training

  Register for CNF's New Peer Support Training Are you are parent, caregiver, or professional in the child neurology community? Would you like to use your lived experience to help those navigating a similar journey? If you’re interested in providing social and emotional support to other parents and caregivers or need a refresher on peer support basics, our  new Peer Support Training  is for you! The training will occur over an eight-week period starting on October 1st and will include a mix of pre-recorded videos to watch on your own time and regular interactive Zoom sessions with a peer support trainer. Topics covered will include Peer Support 101, Facilitation, Self-Care, School Relationships, Connecting To Resources, and more. For this training, there is a $25 registration fee. Registration will close on September 30th, or after 25 participants have registered, whichever comes first. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll receive a certificate of completion. More

FCC announces second ECF application window

The FCC   announced    that requests for $5.137 billion in funding to support 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections were received during the   Emergency Connectivity Fund Program's   initial   filing window.  The   window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applicants from all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia – including schools and libraries in both rural and urban communities seeking funding for eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.  Additional information about the demand at the state level can be found   here .   In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding from the roughly $2 billion in program funds remaining   for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use

What the Better Care Better Jobs Act Would Do for Your State

  From  Justice In Aging Congress has a historic opportunity to invest in the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) system. With the full $400 billion investment called for in the Build Back Better Plan, we can transform Medicaid HCBS in every state and ensure that aging adults and people with disabilities have access to the services and supports they need to remain at home and connected to their communities, rather than having to move into a nursing facility. Nationwide, the Better Care Better Jobs Act would: Enable 3.2 million additional aging adults and people with disabilities to access HCBS;  Create 500,000 new jobs for direct care workers; and  Enable millions of family caregivers to return to or secure new jobs. Learn how the Better Care Better Jobs Act will help older adults, people with disabilities, direct care workers, and family caregivers in your state.  Find your state’s fact sheet . Template state letter to Congressional Delegation in support of Better Care B

Rally for Medical Research Hill Day Seeking Attendees - Register by Sept. 9th

Join advocates from around the country for the 2021  Rally for Medical Research ! Advocates will be meeting their congressional representatives and their staff via video and phone conference on September 23. The evening before, on September 22, there will be a virtual reception to celebrate medical research with all partners and participants. To ensure that the entire country is represented on September 23rd, organizers are still looking to identify participants from the following 20 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming. And at this point there is only one individual participating from the following states, so please register if you are from these particular states to ensure that there will be a “quorum” for their meetings with their respective Members of Congress: Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire

Youth Engagement Opportunity

We want to hear from YOU! CAPE-Youth is looking for youth, ages 16-24, to participate in our upcoming national working group. Youth will have the opportunity to meet directly with state leaders, travel to conferences and make a change! CAPE-Youth helps states develop services, laws and programs that improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. The Center prioritizes youth voice, and recognizes the importance of having youth at the table to act as leaders, share their experiences and interact directly with policymakers.  CAPE-Youth will gather a working group consisting of 25 legislative and executive branch members and 5-10 youth members. The youth involved in the working group will discuss ideas for addressing issues that youth with disabilities face in their communities and engage with state leaders to improve the transition from high school to employment or college. All youth participants will be provided with a stipend as well as lodging and travel accommodations. Pleas

Caregiver Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides a guide for caregivers on ways they can share important information about COVID-19. Caregiver Tip Sheet by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd


  If you are a person with a disability in the state of Indiana,  Indiana Disability Justice  wants to hear from you. IDJ has created a survey designed to identify whether people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing sexual violence, sexual harassment, and bodily restriction; and if people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing access to information about bodily autonomy, sexuality, and supported sexual and romantic decision-making.   The hope is that the preliminary assessment will shed light on the magnitude of healthful and harmful experiences people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing, especially regarding sexual and romantic wellness. IDJ will work with an advisory council and people with disabilities to develop strategies to address identified needs and enhance the strengths shared by Hoosiers with disabilities about their communities. Click  here  more information about the survey, who can take the survey, and participation options. Click  here  to respo