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Important notice: DDRS state funded services and program changes

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has announced that due to the loss of state revenue during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the requirement that state agencies immediately implement a 15% budget reduction, DDRS is reducing a number of contracts and is eliminating the state funded caregiver support program, state funded community based sheltered…

Family Supports and CIH Waiver Renewals Announcement

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services are pleased to share that both the Community Integration and Habilitation waiver and Family Supports waiver were recently approved for renewal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Both renewed waivers will have the same effective date of July 16, 2020.…

In Memory of Ilene Younger Qualkinbush

September 5, 1926 – May 14, 2020 It is with great sadness, but with immense appreciation for her life, that we share the news that Ilene Younger Qualkinbush, the “founding mother” of The Arc of Indiana, passed away on May 14, 2020 at the age of 93. Inspired by her daughter Susan, who was born…

COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Arc of Indiana has developed a resource page on our website to help provide the most recent, factual information regarding COVID-19. The resource page also includes links to virtual educational and fun activities for young and old to utilize while we are spending our days at home. Please visit the resource page often as…

Medicaid Waiver Redesign – Pause on Redesign Efforts

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has begun the process of redesigning  Medicaid waivers through the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS).  Visit and bookmark The Arc of Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Redesign Information Page for up-to-date information on the waiver redesign process. Waiver Redesign virtual meetings and listening sessions cancelled Due to the…

Join Our Fight!

It’s 2020, but people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still face numerous barriers to a truly integrated life in the community. Too many people are stuck in institutions, too many cannot access services due to low DSP wages, too many face unemployment and underemployment. Threats to federal programs threaten to undermine progress and negative bias…

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…