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FSSA celebrates National 211 Day

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is celebrating National 211 Day today – February 11! IN211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with help and answers from thousands of health and human service agencies and resources right in their local communities - quickly, easily and confidentially. IN211’s team is comprised of experienced, responsive and compassionate community navigators who are skilled at actively listening and identifying needs and providing referrals that best meet those needs. Since Indiana 211 became part of FSSA in July of 2020, we have helped hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers. In the past 18 months, our 211 Community Navigators made nearly 675,000 referrals to community resources. That’s about 1,231 referrals a day across the state, and we average 2.4 referrals per call!. Click  here  to watch a video from Dr. Dan Rusyniak, FSSA secretary, celebrating National 211 Day. IN211 also uses statistical data (not personally identifiable information) from

Family Voices United to End Racism Against CYSHCN and their Families (Fam U) Toolkit website

In honor of Black History Month, deepen your knowledge by visiting the Family Voices United to End Racism Against CYSHCN and their Families (Fam U) Toolkit Website!  Black History Month was first established by Dr. Carter G Woodson as “Negro History Week” in 1926 during the second week of February to coincide with the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on February 12th and Frederick Douglass on February 14th . According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “in 1986, which was also the first year of the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday, the U.S. Congress, in a joint resolution of the House and Senate, designated the month of February as “National Black History Month.” The resolution authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan to issue a proclamation in observance. In 1986, the Presidential Proclamation 5443 noted that “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this strugg

2022 Family Survey: Closes February 28

Last year, the  National Federation of Families surveyed families and created  a compelling infographic  spotlighting the incredible challenges so many were facing. In particular, they asked how parents and caregivers were coping with COVID-19 and the strain it put on  every aspect of family life  - employment, education, childcare, etc. Families who completed the anonymous survey provided them with critical information about how the pandemic was impacting them and their children, especially in terms of academic progress, mental and behavioral health and substance use.   They  are asking families who have children of any age living at home to  share this vital information   with them again  so they can continue to represent family voice at the federal level. Please take a few moments to  complete the 2022 anonymous survey  and  share it with your network  of colleagues, partners, families and friends. Hearing from as many parents and caregivers as possible will help us represent fami

Employment First and Transitioning Youth

  From Work to Include February 24, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern T his webinar is designed to inform and educate stakeholders for Employment First, transition professionals, self-advocates and families on how to navigate through employment barriers and provide solutions to competitive integrated employment for Hoosiers with disabilities. During the webinar, participants will hear a parent and student’s perspectives about transition planning and services during school years that lead to employment, as well as learning about adult services that support competitive integrated employment. Featured Presenters:   Speakers: Jonathan Kraeszig, Director of Youth Services for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Dr. Dawn McGrath, Executive Director of INSOURCE; Ryleigh Ziebell, Toyota  Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

House Bill 1107-Call to Action

  From The Arc of Indiana All of The Arc's priority bills have passed through the first half of the legislative process and we are already hard at work on our bills to get them through the second half of session.    We need your help to ensure we successfully get our bills through the last five weeks of the 2022 legislative session!    House Bill 1107, The Arc's education bill, is assigned to the Senate Education Committee and we need your help to get our bill a hearing.    This bill allows for the burden of proof to be shifted to the school in a due process case if the family goes through a facilitated individualized education program (IEP) meeting and mediation before filing due process. This bill also protects families from having to sign non-disclosure agreements in a due process settlement and requires schools to discuss least restrictive alternatives to guardianships with parents. Lastly, it establishes the Education Scholarship Account (ESA) Advisory Council to be a spec

We're Hiring!

Especialista en recursos a tiempo parcial / por hora - Bi-Lingual Resource Specialist Indiana Family to Family es el Centro de Información de Salud designado para el estado de Indiana. A través del poder de la experiencia vivida y compartida, apoyamos a las familias que crían a niños o jóvenes que requieren asistencia adicional en materia de salud o educación, proporcionando respuestas, recursos, formación práctica y conexiones vitales con la comunidad, y asesorando a los profesionales que los atienden. ​ El especialista en recursos ofrecerá apoyo a las familias y les proporcionará los conocimientos necesarios para tomar decisiones informadas en función de sus necesidades. Los candidatos ideales poseen una capacidad de escucha reflexiva, comprensión de las personas de diversas culturas, autodirección, capacidad para comunicarse de manera eficaz tanto por teléfono como a través de correos electrónicos y escritos, así como conocimientos básicos de los servicios y apoyos disponibles para

Our New Website Is LIVE!

We are so excited to announce that our new website is now LIVE! We hope you'll check it out and let us know what you think. You can still connect with us through our website in the same way you could before. If there is something you're looking for on our website and can't find, please contact us so we can help guide you to the information you need. 844-323-4636 or

Global Gene’s Rare Compassion Program applications close on February 25

The RARE Compassion Program is an opportunity for individuals or families living with a rare disease and medical students to foster compassion and awareness for the challenges that patients face every day. Learn more and apply  here .

Supporting Struggling Readers

Challenges and strategies for educators - free online summit, February 16, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST, focusing on: •            Helping Older Readers: The Science and Practical Tips •            Defusing Shame: Factors That Accompany Reading Difficulties •            Staffing Shortages: Workarounds to Get Student Reading Help •            Building Literacy: Essential Practices for Older English-Learners Can't attend live? Registrants will have on-demand access.  Register here.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Young Adult Video Project

  Share your success story! Attention all deaf and hard of hearing Hoosiers ages 18 to 30: We need you! Did you grow up in Indiana? Are you willing to share your story (education experiences, hobbies, post-high school ventures)? Help us show what success looks like to deaf and hard of hearing teenagers along with their parents, as well as families of recently identified DHH children! Our Center and the Indiana Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) program are creating a video similar to this one out of British Columbia to help us showcase how success can be defined in a wide variety of ways by deaf and hard of hearing individuals here in Indiana. Answer the call by filling out this invitation:

WTI Webinar: Indiana Benefit Counseling Systems

  Indiana Benefit Counseling System March 31 2022 Offered Twice at Noon and 6 pm Eastern Indiana’s’ Work to Include Coalition is hosting a webinar on March 31. This webinar is designed to inform and educate stakeholders for Employment First, transition professionals, self-advocates and families on the supports and resources available for understanding the impact of going to work on safety nets such as Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid. The resources in Indiana to help understand and plan for that will be discussed.  A family and individual perspective will be provided. The session will be held at noon on the 31st and then repeat at 6 pm eastern time.  Feel free to register for one or both sessions (NEVER HURTS TO HEAR THIS INFORMATION TWICE). Featured Presenters  Tina Skeel, Director with Indiana Works Sarah Level, BIN Project Coordinator with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center on Community Living and Careers Jared Price, Youth

Unwinding the Federal PHE

  From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act states received  additional Medicaid reimbursement in return for “pausing” more restrictive eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures. The “pause” was in compliance with the  maintenance of effort  requirement of  continuous Medicaid coverage during the Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE). The current  F ederal PHE is set to expire as soon as April 16 and the Department of Health and Human Services  must  give states 60 days’ notice before ending the PHE.  At the time of writing, notice has not been received.      When the  Federal  PHE ends, Indiana Health Coverage Program (IHCP) members may lose coverage if they do not respond to requests f rom FSSA f or updated information. Advocates are concerned that  State  notices  m ay go unread or not reach the intended person.  The State provided some preliminary plans for ways to address the additional workload.  Anyone assisting Hoo