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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

Op-Ed: ACA Improves the Lives of People with Disabilities

The Arc of Indiana was established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children. Through The Arc of Indiana Foundation’s Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI), The Arc is committed to providing vocational and life skills training to…

Medicaid Waiver Case Management Amendments Approved

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for waiver amendments to the Community Integration and Habilitation and Family Support Medicaid Waivers, effective August 1, 2018. These amendments were specifically designed to restructure the case management service definition to more closely align with person-centered planning…

Memo from FSSA Secretary Regarding Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation

July 20, 2018 Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take an opportunity to provide you with regular updates on the Indiana Family and Social Services new initiative to provide non-emergency transportation to traditional Medicaid members across the state. Services for non-emergency transportation include things like dialysis appointments, pharmacy prescription pick-up and prevention visits with a member’s…

Anthem Agrees to Settle Indiana Autism ABA Case  

Anthem agreed to pay approximately $1.63 million to class members and agrees to cease using guidelines that based coverage solely on age. Settlement also requires reviewers to participate in periodic outside training related to Autism and ABA.  In 2012, Anthem sent letters to their Indiana subscribers with autism stating that medical necessity reviews for ABA…

AWS Foundation Awards $170,000 to Benefit Erskine Green Training Institute 

AWS Foundation has awarded a $170,000 grant to Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) to provide student scholarships and increased outreach to potential students in northeast Indiana. Erskine Green Training Institute, developed by The Arc of Indiana Foundation, provides postsecondary vocational training for people with disabilities for employment in the hotel, food service and healthcare support…

The Arc, Self-Advocate Leaders Appointed to Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Other Developmental Disabilities

Governor Holcomb has appointed members to the Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Other Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. The first meeting will be November 20, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM in Indianapolis. The next meeting will be in December, with meetings every other month…

Order of Selection for Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received federal approval to implement an order of selection – which will require vocational rehabilitation services to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first. Implementation of order of selection began August 1, 2017. Individuals who have an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) in place prior to the…