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BDDS Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper

On January 7, 2020, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services released an Initial Concept paper regarding their efforts to redesign Indiana’s Medicaid waiver program. Medicaid Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper  Executive Summary – Available in English, Spanish and Burmese. To access the Executive Summary in English click here. Para…

Joint statement on abuse of Roncalli student with Down syndrome

“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.” ― Janna Cachola As advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, we were deeply disturbed to learn of the abuse of a young man with Down syndrome by fellow students at Roncalli High School (Indianapolis, IN). First, we would like to express our support for…

New Policy on Reimbursement for Out of State Medicaid Waiver Services

Effective November 8, providers of Home and Community Based Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may receive reimbursement for services provided outside of Indiana in limited circumstances under Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver program. Reimbursement is allowable for the following activities and services when provided outside of Indiana, if they are documented in an individual’s…

2019 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on April 24th. We achieved several great successes this year, but are already looking ahead to 2020 to work on some issues that didn’t make it across the finish line. The need for a wage increase for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) continues to be a critical…

2019 Public Policy Agenda

Executive Summary and Talking Points The 2019 legislative session provides many opportunities to advance initiatives that will lead to greater independence for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). Following is an overview of The Arc of Indiana’s legislative priorities: * indicates 1102 Task Force Recommendation Executive Summary and Talking Points PDF Fiscal Related…

State Rep. Behning and Former State Rep. Brown Honored for Service to People with I/DD

The Arc of Indiana honored State Representative Robert Behning with their Public Policy Award, and former State Representative Charlie Brown with their Lifetime Achievement Award, for their service and commitment to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities, at their annual Achievement Breakfast, Tuesday, November 20. Public Policy Award The Honorable Robert Behning “Representative Robert Behning has committed…

2018 Impact Awards Honorees

Executive Director’s Award – Supported Decision Making Team  Kim Dodson recognized the team that has been working to make supported decision an option to guardianship in Indiana. The team successfully worked to help Jamie Beck become the first Indiana resident to have guardianship terminated and replaced with a Supported Decision Making agreement. Recipients of the…

1102 Task Force Issues Final Report

The Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities was created by House Enrolled Act 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly.  A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create…

Reshaping Indiana’s Supports and Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of Indiana submitted recommendations to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on August 22, 2018. All recommendations included in the “Reshaping Indiana” report have been approved by the task force. Reshaping Indiana’s Supports and Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities