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REACH for Transition: Developing Independence: Supported Decision-Making, Part 1: Helping Youth/Youth Adults Take Charge of Their Healthcare webinar

Understanding your healthcare needsandhowtotalktoyourphysician aboutthem is an important independent living skill that can be taught early on. This workshop will discuss how to begin this process and become a partner with your medical provider. Hear from young adults who have advocated for their healthcare needs. February 25, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm QUESTIONS: Contact Dawn Monaco - dmonaco@spanadvocacy.org
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reach-for-transitiondeveloping-independence-supported-decision-making-part-3-helping-youthyoung-registration-88830794297

HCBS Part 5

HCBS Guide: Your Right To A Community Life This free guide prepares you for HCBS advocacy with information about the Rule and tools to share about your experience receiving services. CQL HCBS Advocate Guide 2018 by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

From The Council on Quality and Leadership Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. Learn More: www.c-q-l.org

Request for Input about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - due February 7

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is requesting information to assist the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in developing an initial report to Congress, which will include best practices, resources, and other useful information for grandparents and other older relatives raising children. See the  Federal Register notice. ACL seeks public input on information, resources, programs, and/or best practices to help grandparents, other relatives, and kinship caregivers. It is also requesting information about gaps and/or unique needs related to specific caregiver populations, such as Native Americans. Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 7, 2020. More information and a form to submit comments can be found on this webpage.

***Input Sought from Family Caregivers - due February 7***

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking input, from individuals and organizations, on the challenges faced by family caregivers and ideas about how to address them. This information will be used to assist the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council in developing a national family caregiving strategy and planning future activities, including public listening sessions that will begin this year. For more information and to provide your input, please complete this FORM by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 7, 2020. (Note that commenters are asked for their first names only. Each online comment form is for only one issue, but commenters can easily submit multiple forms.)

HCBS Series Part 4

A Call To Action Discover how to share information about the rule for providers and people receiving supports.


HCBS Guide: Supporting The Right To A Community Life This free resource prepares you to assist those you support to advocate for the community lives they want and share their experiences.
CQL HCBS Supporter Guide 2018 by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

From The Council on Quality and Leadership Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. Learn More: www.c-q-l.org

Vocational Rehabilitation Services order of selection update

Indiana’s Vocational Rehabilitation program is excited to announce the first of many steps toward expanding its services to additional eligible individuals.  
In August of 2017, VR implemented an order of selection process. Order of selection is a process for prioritizing eligible individuals that VR serves based on available resources and capacity. Under federal requirements, individuals with the most significant disabilities are served first in an order of selection.
Since implementation of the order of selection, VR has served approximately 80% of eligible individuals while continually assessing its capacity and resource availability to serve additional eligible individuals. As a result of VR’s efforts to improve its capacity, in February of 2020, VR will release approximately 200 eligible individuals from delayed services status, and will contact these individuals to initiate VR services. Individuals will be identified based on earliest application date to VR. While this is an im…

HCBS Series Part 3

Residential Settings Find out about the various requirements placed on providers involving residential settings.

Rights Restrictions Learn about the impact of the HCBS Settings Rule on rights restrictions and modifications for people.



From The Council on Quality and Leadership Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. Learn More: www.c-q-l.org

Waiver Redesign-How to Make Your Voice Heard

DDRS Update

Building Bridges: Supporting families and self-advocates through engagement With the release of the initial concept paper on our waiver redesign project we have added additional Building Bridges meetings this quarter! Building Bridges events are opportunities for families and self-advocates to meet and speak with the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services staff. These additional events will allow for individuals and families to ask questions and share their feedback on the current waiver redesign project as well as discuss any other concerns or successes with bureau services. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes and concerns, as well as providing suggestions or input for positive change. It is the desire of BDDS that these meetings will allow for meaningful conversations that result in positive outcomes and stronger relationships. We hope you will consider …

HCBS Series Part 2

About the HCBS Settings Rule View essential information about how the rule will promote choices, independence, and community for people receiving supports.


From The Council on Quality and Leadership Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. Learn More: www.c-q-l.org

Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Series

This week we're focusing on HCBS.  The Council on Quality and Leadership recently published this news release:


Guidance To Support Implementation Of The HCBS Settings Rule The HCBS Advocacy Coalition, Including CQL, Releases White Paper and Matrix Through collaboration with the Community Living Policy Center, the HCBS Advocacy Coalition has published a white paper and detailed matrix to support states’ monitoring of efforts to implement the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is a member of the HCBS Advocacy Coalition Outcomes Workgroup, which is a workgroup of national subject matter experts created to develop recommended outcomes and related metrics surrounding the HCBS Settings Rule. The white paper details five major areas that are crucial for the successful implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule, along with summarized recommendations about outcomes that are relevant to those five areas. In addition to…