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2017 Legislative Wrap Up

The Indiana General Assembly adjourned Sine Die a little before midnight on Friday, April 21.  Following is a summary of key issues impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities followed and advocated by The Arc. HB 1001 – Budget Bill Medicaid Waiver Rates Increased for DSP Wages The two-year biennial state budget includes several initiatives…

Updates from DDRS, IDOE, and The Arc

BDDS Notice on Informed Choice for Group Home Residents The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) issued a notice on February 28 regarding the rights of residents of group homes to have informed choice in choosing their day service provider. The notice reads in part, ““Informed Choice” means a consumer has a right to determine, to the…

The Case for a DSP Wage Increase

The Arc of Indiana is requesting a 5 percent increase in Medicaid service rates for the Family Support Waiver and the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver.  75 percent of the revenue received from the waiver service rate increase would be passed through to increase wages paid to direct support professionals (DSPs). This is a request…

The Arc to Facilitate Meetings on Supported and Community Employment Options for Individuals Receiving Sub-Minimum Wage

Reforms passed by Congress in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), require individuals receiving a sub-minimum wage to have the opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or regain competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment.  The reforms also require that individuals be informed of these opportunities. In response, local VR offices…

Case Management and the Life Course – Announcement from FSSA

This past June, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services laid the foundation for a collective vision for supporting individuals with disabilities in Indiana. Rooted in the LifeCourse Framework developed by the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DDRS’s vision brings together commonly held values and beliefs into a comprehensive approach…

Supported Decision Making in Indiana – Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment.

The Arc of Indiana, through a grant from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making and the Administration for Community Living, has developed the report, Supported Decision Making in Indiana. Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment.    The Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Probate Study Subcommittee…

Wait for Medicaid Waiver Services Now One Year

The waiting list for Medicaid Waiver services in Indiana that was once years long is now reduced to 1,706 people waiting for the Family Supports Waiver, with a wait of one year. Individuals who applied in July, 2015 are the next “date of application” to be targeted to receive waiver services. To learn more about…

FAQ About Medicaid Coverage for Autism Treatment

Which Medicaid Health Plans must cover autism treatment, including ABA? ALL Medicaid Health Plans must cover autism treatment, including ABA.  Medicaid Health Plans include: Traditional Medicaid (fee-for-service); Hoosier Care Connect; Hoosier Health Wise; and MED Works. For adults, autism treatment is through the mental health benefits. Medicaid carriers include Anthem, MHS and MDWise (insurance companies…

Medicaid Autism Treatment Benefits Under EPSDT

The Arc of Indiana, along with About Special Kids (ASK), Autism Society of Indiana, Family Voices Indiana, and Indiana Resource Center for Autism has developed a fact sheet, Medicaid Autism Treatment Benefits Under EPSDT, What Parents Need to Know. Medicaid Autism Treatment Benefits Under EPSDT If you have questions or would like additional information, please…