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Showing posts from May 29, 2022

ASAN's New Accessible LGBTQIA+ Resource

From Indiana Disability Justice (IDJ) " IDJ is kicking off Pride month by uplifting this great resource developed by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and its collaborators.  ASAN explains "this guide will talk about things like: What being LGBTQ+ is The different ways people can identify and present themselves What different kinds of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people there are What stereotypes are and why they are bad How to find community and support if you feel bad about being different." The resource is available in an  Easy Read Version  and a  Plain Language Version ."

Share Your Experiences with the Family Glitch

From  Beyond the Basics "Earlier this month, the Administration issued a  proposed rule  that would fix the "family glitch," a policy that has prevented millions of otherwise people from accessing premium tax credits since 2013. Fixing the family glitch would open the door to more affordable coverage for five million people, over half of whom are children. Sharing your experiences assisting people affected by the family glitch can help ensure the public record reflects the ways this policy has created barriers to coverage for otherwise eligible people. Our partners at Community Catalyst have created a  take action page  that makes it easy to get involved. The deadline to share your story is June 6, 2022."

Build, Learn, Grow: Help Families Continue to Pay for Care

Families enrolled in Indiana's Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Program may qualify for CCDF Vouchers under newly expanded guidelines.   The state is providing temporary eligibility for families enrolled in the scholarship program and attending an early childhood program with a  household income at or below 85% of State Median Income . These families can receive a 53-week CCDF voucher, allowing them to continue working while their child(ren) is in high-quality care. Please note that CCDF vouchers are not currently available to families seeking assistance with school-age care as these families continue to have access to  Build, Learn, Grow Summer Scholarships  through the end of summer. Providers need to  fill out and submit a short,  online application  on behalf of each eligible and interested family (this form looks like a streamlined version of the standard CCDF application). Applications are open now and must be submitted  no later than Friday, June 24 . Once the application is

Maternal Mental Health Hotline

The new National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support, resources and referrals to any pregnant and postpartum mothers facing mental health challenges and their loved ones. The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish.  Call or text, 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors at the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.  Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. In fact, many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for months.  The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline’s counselors provide real-time emotional support, encouragement, information, and referrals. Pregnant and postpartum women can get the help and resources they need, when they need it.  Are you a new parent and feeling sad, worried, overwhe

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CHIP Premiums and the PHE

From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana During the public health emergency (PHE), children covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have not paid premiums or co-payments. In Indiana, CHIP is called Hoosier Healthwise Package C and covers children whose family income is 158% to 250% (+5% disregard) of federal poverty level (FPL).   When the Federal PHE ends, consumers will again be responsible for making premium payments ranging from $22 a month to $53 ($33 to $70 with two or more children). Consumers should ensure their contact information is up-to-date with the State. Consumers also need to be on the lookout for important mail from the Family & Social Service Administration (FSSA) and should understand that not responding and/or failure to pay premiums can result in the loss of coverage. Premiums can be paid by mail, phone or online using credit card, debit card or electronic check. Premium Info Income Guidelines

IDR Searching for Youth Ambassadors

Indiana Disability Rights is excited to share a new opportunity with you. Indiana Disability Rights and Self-Advocates of Indiana have partnered with the Center for Youth Voice, Youth Choice to promote less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are actively searching for Youth Ambassadors! Youth Ambassadors will begin by learning about the self-advocacy movement, leadership techniques, and alternatives to guardianship. Then Youth Ambassadors will share their own stories and create and implement a community advocacy plan of action. Youth Ambassadors will receive a $750 stipend. Interested in learning more? If you are a Hoosier between the ages of 14 and 26 and have a developmental disability, we want to hear from you! Please review the attached flyer or our website ( IDR: Get Started with Supported Decision-Making (SDM): Be a Youth Ambassador! ) for more details. Also contact Ella Boyd (Email:  , P

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