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Energy and Water Assistance Programs Accepting Applications Until May 16th

Applications are still being accepted for   Indiana’s Energy Assistance Program   (EAP) and   Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program   (LIHWAP). These programs help low-income households pay their electricity, heating, water, and wastewater bills and avoid shutoffs, especially during the cold winter months. Applications will continue to be accepted until May 16, 2022.   More than 80,000 households have received electric and heating assistance this program year, with approximately $77.8 million in assistance already obligated. New for the 2021-2022 program year, households can apply for water/wastewater utility assistance in the same application as energy assistance. More than 7,800 households have received water assistance since the program’s inception, totaling over $1.8 million in assistance obligated. The utility shutoff moratorium protects Hoosiers from having their electric and gas service shut off during the winter. During the moratorium, if someone applies for EAP, they a

Individual Development Account Program

From  Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) The  Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center  is doing amazing work to help Hoosiers achieve their dreams of financial independence through the  Individual Development Account Program  (IDA). IDA gives Hoosiers with moderate to low income the opportunity to achieve economic stability and acquire financial literacy by supporting them as they save for a major purchase. Participants receive three dollars for every one they save to help them achieve their goal of owning a home, attending  college or trade school, purchasing a vehicle, expanding their small business or making significant home repairs. Through the IDA program, up to $1500 in savings can be matched. Recently, Pipi Light moved into her own home thanks to the IDA Program’s matched savings account and the important knowledge she gained from the counselors at Pathfinder. While the matched savings component of the program is a huge benefit, the educational piece is also k

Court Case Raises Challenges Regarding Disability Rights

A lawsuit brought by blind students against the Los Angeles Community College District could have far-reaching implications for the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protect disabled people from discrimination that is intentional.  Payan v. Los Angeles Community College District , which potentially could go to the Supreme Court, hinges on whether these laws cover “unintentional discrimination.”  Read more .


The Youth Training program is available during SPRING BREAK! Parents of young adults ages 14-22 can sign up directly by emailing . Do you know of families that have children in these age ranges that would benefit from the program?   Please share our  Parent Youth Training Flier  with them. And if you have contact with a school that doesn't know about our program, please feel free to share this  Educator Youth Training Overview . All questions can be directed to . Parents- Flyer for Youth Program by Indiana Family to Family on Scribd

Ensuring that our kids are all right

From  Indiana Youth Institute We are just starting to understand the effects the past two years have had on the mental health of Indiana’s children and youth. Helping our students with mental health disorders requires understanding the scope of the issue, combating outstanding myths, connecting children with treatment and services, and building strong support networks for all our young people.  Pediatric health providers have cited escalating rates of mental health challenges tied both to the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going struggle for racial justice. And in late 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association joined together to declare a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health.   Mental health issues may be less obvious than physical ailments. In this month’s column Tami Silverman, President and CEO of Indiana Youth Institute addresses warning signs that a child may have a mental heal

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Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities: A Legislative Proposal

  From  Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs , original found  here By Lauren Blachowiak and Alyson Northrup, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and  Danielle Webber, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Our nation faces a mental health crisis among children and youth that has been exacerbated by the unprecedented challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Limited opportunities for socializing, virtual learning, loss of family members, and uncertainty about the future have contributed to increased rates of psychological distress among the pediatric population. [1]  These factors can be exacerbated and have an outsized impact for the one in six American children and youth with one or more developmental disabilities. [2]  In this article, AMCHP and AUCD propose expanding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s)  “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”  (LTSAE) program as one approach to addressing the mental health needs

Compensatory Services

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released  Providing Students with Disabilities Free Appropriate Public Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Addressing the Need for Compensatory Services Under Section 504 , a fact sheet reminding schools of their obligations under Section 504 to ensure free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities during the pandemic, including schools’ responsibilities to provide compensatory services.