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 work, and state funded facility-based sheltered work.

It is important to stress that this does not impact any Medicaid Waiver services, including pre-vocational sheltered work services funded through the Medicaid Waiver program.

Community based sheltered work and facility based sheltered work: As of August 14, 2020, providers will no longer receive state funding for community based sheltered work and facility based sheltered work. DDRS reports that this impacts approximately 260 individuals and 15 providers.

Background: Before Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver program began, funding for many agency based programs came from state line item funding. When the Medicaid Waiver program was established, services began to be funded through the federally funded waiver program. State line item funding was reserved for people who were not eligible for waiver services. While state line item funding has largely been phased out, according to DDRS, approximately 260 people continue to be supported through state line item funding. These are the only individuals who will be impacted by the announcement that providers will no longer receive state funding for community based and facility based sheltered work.

Funding will continue for:    

  • People receiving pre-vocational services in sheltered work funded through the Medicaid Waiver program.
  • People living in Medicaid funded group homes where the provider also operates sheltered work or has contracted with another provider for their clients to receive services during the day in sheltered work.
  • People living in nursing facilities who receive federally funded OBRA services to attend a day program outside of the facility, including sheltered work.

In all cases, people who want to explore competitive integrated employment are encouraged to learn about employment services available through the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehabilitation.

Caregiver Supports: As of July 1, 2020, the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services will not be re-opening the caregiver supports application process. BDDS reports that annually this impacts approximately 60 individuals.

Caregiver Supports provided temporary assistance to families caring for eligible persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing with the family or legal guardian. Services were limited to families who were not receiving Medicaid Waiver services. Families were required to apply for services each year. In the past, the application process opened on July 1.

We’re Here to Help: Family Advocates with The Arc Advocacy Network are here to help with any questions or concerns. Contact The Arc Advocacy Network at 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100.