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Waiver amendments for case management

Waiver amendments for case management On March 21, 2018, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) will post for public comment proposed waiver amendments for both the Community Habilitation and Integration (CIH) and Family Supports (FS) waivers. The Division is pursing amendments to enhance the service definition of case management, and to reinforce person centered thinking and concepts emphasized in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings rule. These amendments will also align case management activities with philosophical elements of the LifeCourse Framework, as presented to case managers in the fall of 2017, and presented in the online webinar reviewing the revised Person Centered Individualized Service Plan (PCISP) implementation. To view the online webinar introducing the PCISP service planning approach please click here.  It is the Division’s intent to enhance and encourage more person-centered decision making, and introduce increased flexibilit…

Legislative Update

from National FV:
IN CONGRESS The Continuing Saga - Funding the Federal Government (and Family-to-Family Health Information Centers) Federal fiscal year 2017 began on October 1, 2017, but Congress has not passed the appropriations bills needed to fund the departments, agencies, and discretionary programs of the government (as opposed to mandatory programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which are not funded through appropriations). Instead, several temporary funding measures ("continuing resolutions," or CRs) were enacted. Most recently... January 22: A CR was enacted to keep the government running through February 8. The significant things about that agreement: It included a six-year extension of CHIP funding.In order to get the Democratic support needed to pass the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that the Senate would openly debate and hold a vote on legislation -- referred to as DACA (for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) -- to a…

Legislative Update

from IAUW:
Follow along during the 2018 legislative session The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) began on January 3 and will end no later than March 14.  This is a "short session" where lawmakers will discuss a range of issues that likely have minimal fiscal impact because it is not a budget-making year.  We are at the halfway point in session where bills that passed one chamber will now have the chance to move forward in the other chamber.  There were a total of 901 bills introduced this session and only 302 are still alive. Below are some helpful links that will help you follow along during the legislative session. IGA Bill ListHouse Committee CalendarSenate Committee CalendarIndiana United Ways' Bill Tracking Lists:  Education,

When and Where to Get Medical Care

Sometimes you'll know instantly if your child needs quick medical care. Other times, it's hard to know if an injury or illness needs the attention of a health care provider — and, if it does, whether that means a trip to the ER, a call to your doctor, or a visit to the nearest urgent care center. These guidelines can help. When to Call 911 For a serious emergency, call 911. Some situations are so serious that you need the help of trained medical personnel on the way to the hospital. Call 911 if your child: isn't breathing or is turning blueis unconscious after a fallis having a seizurehas a serious allergic reactionhas a broken bone that sticks out through the skintook an unknown amount of medicine and is now hard to rouseis chokinghas a large cut that's bleeding uncontrollably When to Go to the Emergency Department An ER (emergency room) — also called an emergency department (ED) — can handle a wide variety of serious problems. They are equipped to handle life-threate…