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Announcements for all Child Mental Health Wraparound providers and access sites

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Youth Services has several items in this announcement that will impact all Child Mental Health Wraparound providers, available by clicking here . These are updates made to the Tobi database in the following areas: Application submission (Access Sites) Reasons for termination Pick list updates Respite care Habilitation and Training and support for the unpaid caregiver Updated technical guidance for “Respite on a Plan of Care” Please review these announcements and respond where appropriate. There are no new provider training events scheduled for the remainder of 2020. DMHA is currently exploring options. Résumés may continue to be submitted in the meantime. As a reminder, new provider training for respite care is done as a webinar, and may completed at any time once an applicant’s experience has been approved as eligible. 

Family Presence and Communication Rights

Family Presence is the patient-and-family-centered way to describe the reliance and need for physical presence of family (as defined by the patient) at the bedside to promote trust, communication, involvement in caretaking, and shared decision-making during a hospitalization. Do you or your loved ones have the “right” to family presence and family-centered care during COVID-19? YES! Public safety in a pandemic necessitates modification of delivery of care, however, the legal and civil rights of those with disabilities require reasonable accommodations and non-discrimination. Disability Nondiscrimination in Health Care and Community Life during the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is a comprehensive, easy-to-read document in question and answer format. This COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit includes links to printable Patient Accommodations Request Forms in English, Spanish, and soon Chinese.

Information Regarding Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries with Representative Payees, and People Living in U.S. Territories

Information Regarding Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries with Representative Payees, and People Living in U.S. Territories The Social Security Administration issued an update today about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to certain groups of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries who have their regular monthly payments managed for them by another person, called a representative payee, will begin receiving their EIPs from the IRS in late May. For more information, please visit  https://www.ssa.gov/ news/press/releases/ . News Release SOCIAL SECURITY Information Regarding Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries with Representative Payees, and People Living in U.S. Territories The Social Security Administration issued an update today abou

Scarcity of transplant organs does not justify excluding children with disabilities

From AAP By  Mindy B. Statter, M.D., M.B.E., FACS, FAAP and Garey H. Noritz, M.D., FACP, FAAP The demand for transplantable solid organs far exceeds the supply of deceased donor organs. Like the debate as to which patients will receive lifesaving interventions during the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, individual transplant programs must make eligibility determinations based on the principle of utilitarianism — doing the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. Given the scarcity of solid organs for transplantation, allocation to those most likely to gain the most benefit takes into consideration both medical and psychosocial factors. Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) historically have been excluded as potential recipients of organ transplants. A new AAP policy states that denying transplantation to people with disabilities on the basis of their

Pandemic Snap benefits: Free and Reduced Lunch Recipients

Pandemic Snap benefits: Those that have children on free and reduced lunch will receive their EBT card in the mail by the end of May if you are not already receiving SNAP benefits. It will be $319 per school aged child. You do not need to apply for this benefit. The DOE will provide your information to FSSA. https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/ 5767.htm?fbclid= IwAR0zhdr9tS1wMovtNNPngc55HCms QSX_4k_E_ GRAjPpNRHWF5ExZgCLUjOE

Working From Home with Ticket to Work

Working From Home with Ticket to Work  Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Join us on May 27 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Want to work from home? If you’re job searching and have questions about disability- employment opportunities, a Ticket to Work service provider can help! Join this month’s webinar to learn more about: How the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can support your goal of working from home Advice for succeeding on the job at home How to connect with Ticket program service providers Register now Online: choosework.ssa.gov/wise By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1- 866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. WISE in American Sign Language (ASL) Our ASL Guide can help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing access our monthly WISE webinars using Video Relay Service. Learn more abou