Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Southern Indiana ICF/MR (institution)

Family Voices Indiana acknowledges that many families do not have knowledge and/or access to services and supports that they need for their children with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Often, this impacts families in different parts of the state differently. We have become aware of a provider in Southern Indiana who is circulating requests for support of an ICF/MR (institution) for children in their area. We would like to ensure that families have adequate knowledge of programs that might exist to support their children in the home and community as a preferable and more appropriate option.

Families should be sure they have applied for the following:

Children with Special Health Care Services (for eligible conditions and income levels)

Medicaid Disability (for eligible individuals-this often covers more than Hoosier Healthwise)

Medicaid waivers (this waives family income for children under 18 and provides addtl services)

Special Education Services

Crisis Assistance (if needed)

You can find additional fact sheets on other programs here.

Agencies that can assist with these issues include About Special Kids, The Arc of Indiana and IN*SOURCE. If your child's needs are not being met, please call these agencies and ask for assistance.

Family Voices continues to support life in the home and community for individuals with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

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