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LookUp Indiana: Mental Health Resources

Indiana University's Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISHMI) has partnered with The Lutheran Foundation to provide online resources to support schools and community partners as they address students' social, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.
The Lutheran Foundation’s statewide website, LookUp Indiana provides information along with a resource directory of mental health provider agencies searchable by name, city, or zip code. The Indiana School Mental Health initiative has worked with the foundation to design one aspect of the website that focuses on school-age issues. The LookUp Indiana website offers educational information in the form of videos, articles, resources, and talking points.
“The best place to proactively address the social, emotional and mental health of our children and youth is through our schools," said Christy Gauss, School Mental Health Facilitator with the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. "We also now know through edu…

Comment Period:First Steps

Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Period: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Part C Early Intervention Program For Infants And Toddlers With Disabilities The State of Indiana is accepting public comment on drafts of the 2018 Part C State Application and First Steps Policy Manual. The state application and policy manual are on file with the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services at 402 W. Washington St., Room W453, Indianapolis, IN 46204 and online by clicking here

Copies of the application and policy manual can be obtained on location at the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and are also available for review at First Steps System Point of Entry (SPOE) offices throughout the state. A listing of SPOE locations is available by clicking here.  Interested persons and organizations may comment on the proposed state application and policy manual by submitting comments in writing to the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services by mail or em…

Action Alert: Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person (MFP)program is a Medicaid program that has helped more than 75 thousand people with disabilities and seniors move from nursing homes and other institutions to the community.  The MFP program has expired, and we need your advocacy to get the House and Senate to pass the EMPOWER Care Actto continue it before the programs are broken down at the state level. All programs will be out of money THIS YEAR. 
ACT NOW:  Join in our national call-in day (Wednesday, March 7) -- Facebook event Participate in our social media day  (Thursday, March 8) to #FundMFP.  -- Facebook event
Everyone deserves the opportunity to live in the community!
Background materials on MFP, the EMPOWER Care Act, and our call-in day are all available at the links above (and from:  https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/money-follows-the-person/) Please spread the word widely to your grassroots and join in our #FundMFP advocacy
By passing the EMPOWER Care Act and funding the Money Follows the Person…

Using Health Insurance for Emergency Care

In an emergency, you should get care from the closest hospital that can help you. That hospital will treat you regardless of whether you have insurance. Your insurance company can't charge you more for getting emergency room services at an out-of-network hospital. I’m having an emergency. Should I go straight to the hospital or do I need to call my insurer first? In a true emergency, go straight to the hospital. Insurers can’t require you to get prior approval before getting emergency room services from a provider or hospital outside your plan’s network. What does it mean that insurance companies can’t charge me more? Insurance plans can’t make you pay more in copayments or coinsurance if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital. They also can’t require you to get prior approval before getting emergency room services from a provider or hospital outside your plan’s network. Will I have to pay anything? This depends on the plan that you chose and the hospital you go t…