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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…

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…

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…

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…