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April 22, 10:30 - 11:30 am ET Learning to Safely Live with COVID-19 - Ask the Expert: Dr. Abigail Klemsz, Riley Hospital

The Center for Health Equity at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is hosting a free webinar on April 22 (Friday) from 10:30 am to 11:30 am ET (9:30 am - 10:30 am CT). This webinar will feature Dr. Abigail Klemsz and disability advocates in Indiana. Abigail Klemsz, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children and the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising for the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Klemsz has an expertise in Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics.   The webinar will cover information about how people with disabilities and their caregivers can remain safe as many places around the country ease or remove COVID-19 restrictions. The webinar will also cover COVID-19 vaccination for young kids. Disability advocates will share experiences of how they are safely navigating life during the pandemic and making sure their children remain safe.   Captioning and sign language interpreting will be provided. If you need an

Mental Health Solutions: Improving Care

From  NIHCM Foundation The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health but it is still difficult for many to get the care they need. Many people reported poor mental health after experiencing stress and worry around the pandemic. However,   one-third of adults   in the U.S. went without mental health services or medication when they thought they might need them. Barriers to accessing mental health care, such as social stigma, scarcity of services, and affordability, make it difficult to receive treatment. In this webinar, we will hear from mental health leaders who are working to improve access to mental health care. Speakers will discuss: Guidance to individuals and families on navigating mental health, including diagnosis, treatment, and recovery Community and peer support for mental health and the work to transform care to be culturally responsive care and focused on social inclusion Providing high value and appropriate support such as integrating behavioral he

Starting the Conversation: A toolkit for self-advocates to talk about sexual violence in their community

Kelsey Cowley is a self-advocate from Indiana who created a toolkit for and about people with cognitive and developmental disabilities recognizing and responding to violence. She worked with  Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence , the  Self-Advocates of Indiana  and  Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center  to develop these Self-Advocacy Leadership and Policy materials. Download the toolkit

Benefits of Summer Camp Experiences for Youth

From  Indiana Youth Institute " Summer may seem far away, but it is right around the corner as many of us are experiencing fresh flower blooms around us. As you may have guessed, many summer programs across our state have already opened enrollment.   Our kids need the connections found not only in school but also in sports, after-school programs, and the countless other activities that were scaled back or halted due to health concerns over the past two years.  Summer programs can be a fantastic way to transition back into group interactions. Camps, academies, and out-of-school programs offer learning and developmental growth delivered through fun and engaging models.  Playworks, a nonprofit that promotes child development through play activities, last year published practical ways to keep kids active – and socially and emotionally healthy. This article still provides key suggestions and resources.   To explore the article click  here.  If you are interested in exploring camp optio

Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans—What Advocates Need to Know

Almost three million individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) are enrolled in Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) and that enrollment is expected to rapidly rise. Increasingly, states are focusing on D-SNPs as a primary vehicle for integrating care and improving coordination of services for their dual eligible populations. Yet many advocates know little about what D-SNPs are, what makes them unique, and how they operate. Join Justice in Aging for this webinar,  D-SNPs: What Advocates Need to Know. We will: Explain the basics of D-SNPs—what they are, their structure, and how they are regulated Identify specific areas where advocates can engage with their states to ensure that D-SNPs work effectively to coordinate care and benefits for dual eligibles Present strategies for centering equity in the design of D-SNPs Summarize changes that CMS is proposing in D-SNP regulation Who Should Attend : State-based advocates working with older adults and people wi

Supporting Smiles: Promoting Childhood Dental Benefits Covered Under Medicaid and CHIP

From InsureKidsNow.gov Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide comprehensive health coverage , including dental care, to more than 39 million children up to age 19 nationwide. However, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency caused many parents and caregivers to delay important routine care for their children, like regular dental check-ups. In this webinar, held during the 2022 National Children’s Dental Health Month, Dr. Natalia Chalmers, CMS’s Chief Dental Officer, and Dr. Jane Grover, Director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations with the American Dental Association, discussed the current landscape of dental care among children. Other organizations presented strategies and tips to promote oral health care. Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign resources to promote dental health year-round, including social media posts and graphics, newsletter articles and text messages, were featured. All resources discussed in this webinar

Federal PHE Extended

  The current Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE), which provides continuous enrollment for Medicaid programs and enhanced funding for states, has been extended through July 15 th , 2022. This officially pushes the earliest end  to continuous enrollment to August 1, 2022.  An extension beyond that date is not currently expected, but the federal government has agreed to provide states with formal notice by mid-May if the PHE is indeed expiring on July 15 th . Current Federal PHE Status

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About Disability Benefits and Work

From Ticket to Work   Wednesday, April 27, 2022 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET Register Now Join us on April 27 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Get the facts about Social Security disability benefits and work! We’re debunking myths and sharing important information to help you as you make the decision that work may be right for you, look for a job and successfully transition to work. Join the webinar to find answers to questions like: Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits? What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals? How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider? Register now Online:  choosework.ssa.gov/wise By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1-866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. WISE in

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