March 7th, 2017 by The Arc of Indiana
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 maximum extent possible, the services the consumer wants and the provider the consumer wants to deliver those services … individuals are entitled to be given choice regarding their day services options and vocational prospects. The interdisciplinary team is responsible for assuring informed choice including providing information, evaluating the capacity to understand the information, and obtaining a decision from the individual.
The full notice can be read at: Individual Informed Choice and Day Service Options (02/28/2017)
Group Home Report
There are currently 3,141 people receiving services in Supervised Group Living (group homes) in Indiana. The occupancy rate, as of the end of February, 2017, is 93%. Statewide there are a total of 236 vacancies.
Notice of Part C State Plan Public Comment Period
The State of Indiana is accepting public comment on the Part C State Plan, Indiana’s First Steps program. Interested persons and organizations may submit written comments for State review until April 20, 2017. Part C State Application FFY 2017 – Notice of Comment Period (02/27/2017)
Every Student Succeeds Act Public Meetings
The Indiana Department of Education is scheduling meetings around the state to receive feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At these meetings, DOE will share an overview of what ESSA requires and their strategy to address those requirements. After the presentation, participants will be asked to share input on specific areas of the plan. It is important for parents and advocates of students receiving special education services to be part of the process. View Meeting Dates & Locations
The Arc Public Policy Advocacy
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Important fact sheets from The Arc US
- ACA: How People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Benefit from the ACA
- ACA: Ten Ways the ACA Helps Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- Medicaid: The Outlook in 2017: Cuts, Block Grants or Per Capita Caps?
- SSI: A Vital Part of Our Security System
- How to Engage Your Members of Congress
- Preparing for Meeting with Your Members of Congress
The Arc FINDS Survey
The Arc needs your input and help disseminating an important survey. The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with The Arc, is seeking caregivers to share their perceptions on a range of life-span issues impacting individuals with I/DD. Families or unrelated caregivers aged 18 years or older who provide frequent primary support to a person with an I/DD are invited to participate. Deadline March 30. Learn More – 2017 FINDS Survey