Friday, May 25, 2012

Caregiver support/respite funds will be available for those on DD waiting lists 6/25

 Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from DDRS:

To: DDRS Consumers and Stakeholders
From: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Re: Caregiver Support Services Funds
Date: May 25, 2012

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services announces the Caregiver Support Services
funds will be available for the fiscal year - July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The Caregiver
Support Services is 100% state funded.

Services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and an application must be
completed for each fiscal year’s Caregiver Support Services funds. Previous applications during
fiscal year 2012 for Caregiver Support Services do not carry over to fiscal year 2013.

The application for Caregiver Supports Services must be made in person at the Bureau of
Developmental Disabilities Services district offices by the primary caregiver, OR, if eligibility has
not yet been determined for the individual, the primary caregiver and the individual must
complete the application in person at the district offices. (If the individual has already been
determined eligible for BDDS services, the individual is not required to be present.)

The primary caregiver and the individual(s) may apply for Caregiver Support Services at the
BDDS district offices on and after Monday, June 25, 2012. (Application is available on the DDRS
Forms webpage to print, complete and bring to District Office to submit.)

As long as the Caregiver Support Services funds are available, the Caregiver Support Services
can be approved and available when 1) individual meets the state definition of Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities and 2) the primary caregiver selects a provider. The individual
cannot receive Caregiver Support Services and receive any other state funded services, such as
VR services, First Steps, CHOICE, Division of Aging waiver, etc.

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