Monday, August 19, 2019

Indiana Child and Adolescent Mental Health TeleECHO Clinic

Indiana University’s School of Medicine is excited to invite you to participate in the Indiana Child and Adolescent Mental Health TeleECHO Clinic. Through CAMH ECHO, they will provide specialized education and mentorship in the clinical management of pediatric mental health issues to primary care providers and other community stakeholders with the goal to build capacity for delivery of high quality, best-practice care locally for patients across the state of Indiana.
This high-impact intervention links community-based clinicians with an interdisciplinary team of expert specialists, led by the Indiana University School of Medicine, using Zoom videoconferencing technology.  Experts mentor community based providers across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians and other health professionals to treat pediatric patients with mental health disorders in their own communities.  Our weekly 90 minute sessions consist of a brief lecture on a topic related to child/adolescent mental health, followed by a review and discussion of de-identified cases submitted by participants that we work through in a collaborative fashion to better diagnose and manage the patient. These sessions will occur through September 2020.
This FREE program will start Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (EDT) and will meet every week at the same time. To register, please complete a short survey​ or contact Jacqueline Boese, ECHO program coordinator via email Space is limited.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Planning for College: A 4 year Guide

Planning for College: A 4-Year Guide for High-Schoolers With IEPs

Planning for college takes time and effort. And there are specific things to consider when your child has an IEP. This four-year guide can help high-schoolers (and their parents) keep their eye on the ball.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

FSSA names new leadership team for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today announced that Zionsville resident Jay Chaudhary, J.D., will serve as the next director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Chaudhary (pronounced CHAW-dree) begins in his new role on September 9. He replaces Kevin Moore, who retired in April after 35 years of state service. FSSA also announced Rachel Halleck will serve as DMHA deputy director and the division’s chief of staff.
“We are excited to welcome Jay and Rachel to continue the build on the momentum of DMHA in serving Hoosiers in a more comprehensive and evidence-based manner,” said FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. “Jay is a committed patient advocate and expert on innovative system design in mental health and addiction. His willingness to serve as DMHA director couldn't have come at a better time as Indiana focuses on integrated care and improved health outcomes.”
Chaudhary is currently the managing attorney for Indiana Legal Services where he’s served in several key positions including Midtown Medical Legal Partnership’s founding director. In his current role, Chaudhary focuses on improving health outcomes by addressing the individual and systemic legal needs of Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorder. He is a graduate of Ball State University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Halleck, who lives in Indianapolis, is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed addiction counselor who most recently served as the senior director of behavioral health strategy and innovation for Volunteers of America Ohio and Indiana. She completed her undergraduate education at Hanover College where she was the Distinguished Psychology Student of the Year. Halleck earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.
“After a comprehensive and competitive national search, we couldn’t be more pleased that we found such a dynamic leadership duo right in our own backyard,” added Secretary Walthall. “Jay and Rachel both possess the invaluable combination of great talent and the desire to serve others. I have no doubt they will deliver on Governor Holcomb’s direction to attack the drug epidemic through prevention, treatment and enforcement.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ticket to Work Tutorials

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Ticket to Work Tutorials

Learn more about the Ticket to Work program through these self-paced Ticket to Work Tutorials. Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you, are looking for a job, or already working and want to keep on the road to financial independence, these six interactive learning modules will equip you with the knowledge you need to achieve your work goals. Note: The tutorials will open in a new window.
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Proposed Revision to the DSM-5's Entry for ID

AUCD Opposes a Proposed Revision to the DSM-5's Entry for ID

August 1, 2019
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AUCD submitted comments to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) strongly opposing a proposed change to the DSM-5 concerning the diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability (ID). The DSM-5 is a guide for doctors to diagnosis people with a disability. In an attempt to clarify the current criteria for ID, the proposed revision creates greater concern around the understanding of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. It says – incorrectly – that adaptive functioning is a cause of intellectual functioning. We proposed a change to the DSM-5 that will direct clinicians more clearly in the diagnosis of intellectual disability which could positively impact eligibility for supports and services. If changed, it may result in a population of people underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed hindering their ability to access services that match their individual needs. Read AUCD's included public comments.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Moving Forward Housing Program

from DDRS:

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority partners with the Family and Social Services Administration
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced plans for their Moving Forward 2020 Program. IHCDA, in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Energy Systems Network, will take on the challenge of providing integrated affordable housing for persons with intellectual and development disabilities by implementing innovative technologies to improve quality of life and independence.
“The Moving Forward program continues to focus on innovation and identifying strategies that can be used to address challenges facing Hoosiers," said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. "Our goal is to find affordable housing solutions that are integrated for persons with disabilities that can become state and national models."
Along with this announcement, IHCDA has released a Request for Proposals seeking developers to submit a housing proposal. Two developers will be selected and work alongside IHCDA, FSSA's Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and ESN to create a final development concept through a serious of workshops.
"With support from FSSA and ESN, the selected developers will work closely with subject matter experts from across the country in the areas of the built environment, accessible design, finance, adaptive and smart home technology," said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. "Throughout this process we will be focused on improving the quality of life of future residents and promoting greater independence for individuals with disabilities."
Once the final development concepts are complete, the two developers selected will have an opportunity to submit a non-competitive Rental Housing Tax Credit application under the General Set-Aside* next summer. Construction on these two new affordable housing developments is expected to start in 2021.
The Moving Forward Program, launched in 2015 by IHCDA and Energy Systems Network, is designed to create affordable housing that increases quality of life while decreasing the cost of living for low to moderate income individuals and families.
Click here for more information about the Moving Forward Program.
*Per the 2020-21 Qualified Allocation Plan, IHCDA will reserve 10% of its RHTC for the IHCDA General Set-aside. Under this set-aside, IHCDA reserves credits for developments that further the Authority’s mission, goals, initiatives, and priorities irrespective of the ranking by evaluation factors. The QAP states that the Authority will exercise its sole discretion in the allocation of the IHCDA General Set-aside.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Free Online Work Incentives Seminar Event

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WISE Webinars

Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits? Social Security hosts free online Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinars. WISE webinars can help you and your family members learn about the Ticket to Work program and other Social Security work incentives. They are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Register Now! We look forward to connecting with you on a WISE webinar!
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