Monday, July 8, 2013

Caregiver support/respite info for those waiting for Family Supports Waiver

Family Voices Indiana received several inquires regarding caregiver support/respite and sought clarification from DDRS.

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from DDRS:

Each year the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has made limited 
program funding available for Caregiver Support Services, which many families and individuals 
across Indiana have been able to utilize. These funds are typically available in July of each year, 
however, DDRS has received valuable suggestions from the families using this service and we 
want to ensure that we explore those ideas thoroughly. One of the concerns presented by 
several families is the burden imposed when asking families to come into the local offices and 
wait for several minutes or hours to process your application.

DDRS will be taking some time to thoughtfully evaluate the application process and how best to 
serve our constituents. While some of you may be disappointed that applications will not be 
available in July, it is our hope that we create an application process that is easier and more 
accessible to individuals requesting Caregiver Support Funds. We plan to continue working on 
this expeditiously and have applications available September 1, 2013

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