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FSSA Clarifies Reimbursement of Virtual Services during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

This information clarifies services eligible for reimbursement under Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) when delivered virtually by Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver providers. This clarification reflects the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 3 (SEA 3) and the expiration of provisions related to telehealth services set forth in Executive Order 21-13. As part of Appendix K authority, Medicaid waiver providers can continue to provide non-health care services virtually and receive IHCP reimbursement. The temporary authority to bill for these services is granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through Appendix K as part of the federal response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This temporary authority is tied directly to the federal public health emergency declaration, and as a result the ability to bill for these virtual services will end no later than six months after the public health emergency ends. Currently the public health emergency is anticipated to end

Lifeline Awareness Week

This week, Sept 20-24, is Lifeline Awareness Week.    Lifeline  is an FCC program designed to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. The program provides eligible low-income subscribers a monthly discount of up to $9.25 off their monthly service.  Eligible low-income subscribers on Tribal lands receive a monthly discount of up to $34.25.   Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on communication services for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.    Households that qualify for Lifeline also qualify for the  Emergency Broadband Benefit , they simply need to opt-in with their current Lifeline provider or contact a different participating provider and ch

IDOE Survey

Parent, Educator, and Community Partner Input Requested House Enrolled Act 1514  requires a statewide dashboard providing transparency on accountability system in K-12 schools by including a range of data, including school performance and individual indicator ratings. Your feedback is essential to move through this process. IDOE has created a  survey  to gather input on these characteristics and hear any additional ideas that you might have. By working together, we can ensure every Hoosier student graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for a lifetime of success.

Last Chance to Register for the Heart to Heart Conference

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Inaccessible Accessibility: Addressing Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education

  Tuesday, September 28, 2021 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT Save My Spot! A recent Mental Health America (MHA)  survey  showed that 70% of students with mental health disabilities in higher education did not register for disability accommodations. Only 20% said it was because they did not want them. Student awareness of accommodations, difficulty navigating disability services, and fears about the perceptions of others and interactions with professors are among the reasons students do not access the support and accommodations they deserve. This 60-minute webinar will explore challenges and opportunities from MHA's recently published report,  Supporting College Students: Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education . This presentation will: explore student perspectives on mental health disabilities and accommodations; identify barriers to students' use of accommodations; and  provide recommendations for student and campus leaders to increase accessibility for students with mental

The Intersection of Faith and Transition Planning

Oct 6, 2021 3:00 pm ET Presented by: Sehrish Shikarpurya   Minoritized families highly value faith-based support. However, there is often a conflict between their faith-oriented values and those of the school systems, particularly within transition planning. This webinar will explore strategies to develop meaningful collaboration between minoritized families, faith-based support systems, educators, and transition leaders to better support families during the transition planning process. We will also offer templates and resources for incorporating faith-based goals for self-determination and employment in IEP and person-centered planning

Upcoming online workshop focusing on Optimal Health for People with Disabilities: October 1

Optimal Health for All – Indianapolis area October 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET Free Online Workshop Register now:  https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/ register/ tZMufuCvpjoiHd1RIu1E55MfhZn- PZ2hRMWy           One in four people in Indiana have a disability. Given the number of Hoosier with disabilities, and the desire of making health care more accessible, it is important to understand how to best accommodate and effectively communicate with people with disabilities. The online workshop will feature a  panel of Hoosiers with disabilities from the Indianapolis and Central Indiana area ,  Dr. Amy Sekhar , a trainer on disability sensitivity and equitable practices, and  Dr. Jae Chul Lee  from the Center for Health Equity. By attending this workshop, you will gain new insights and be better prepared to help people with disabilities obtain their  optimal health  goals. This 3-hour online workshop will cover: The current landscape for disability and health in Indiana (Dr. Jae Chul Lee) Common barriers e

Opportunity to Share: Experiences and Ideas Supported Decision Making

The Peal Center (the F2F in PA) is in the process of gathering more information; experiences and ideas that can shape a way forward that promotes alternatives to guardianship through supported decision making and slows down the process to ensure decision making meets needs of the individual. They are in search of narratives and ideas that can lead to a variety of strategies for change (legislative, regulatory, enforcement, awareness raising/education, etc.)   Here is a brief 2 question survey monkey to record responses:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/alternative-to-guardianship   Timeline : ASAP, but no later than Monday October 4, 2021.

CKF State of Coverage Virtual Policy Summit

  Covering Kids & Famili es of Indiana is proud to announce registration is open for  the   3rd Annual State of Coverage Policy Summit . The policy summit focus es  on recent legislation, key public policies and emerging issues impacting the health coverage environment. The topic for this year's event is  " Barriers to Immigrant Health " . This  completely free  event will feature experts examining barriers faced by various immigrant populations in attaining and maintaining healthcare services and healthcare coverage. Also examined will be the downstream impact of those barriers on the formation of health disparities among immigrants. Learn more and register today  -  tickets are limited ! Summit Info & Registration

Opportunity for Those Working with Students Who Use AAC

  Opportunity for Those Working with Students Who Use AAC Jessica Conrad, PATINS Specialist  and Western Governors University graduate researcher, is seeking participants for her action research project about perceptions in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) skills in Indiana school employees. Participants must: be employed by an Indiana public school have at least 1 month of experience working with students who use AAC have access to a personal Google account (not a school Google account) Participants will access 9.5 hours of online, on-demand instruction at their own pace titled "Introduction to Learning and Teaching with AAC" that is applicable immediately to their work in schools. They will complete 2 brief surveys about their perceptions of their own skills in AAC before and after instruction. Participants who finish the instruction will receive a  certificate for continuing education for 9.5 hours  and  entered into a raffle for a complimentary ticket  to

Updated COVID-19 School Quarantine Guidance

The Indiana Department of Health  released  new quarantine guidance for schools. Guidance is dependent on if face coverings are required, where the exposure took place, and if the student is fully vaccinated.  21 Decision Tree School Quarantine 9-3 FINAL by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

Opportunity to Join Family Workgroup

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH), a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), hosted a virtual roundtable discussion in July 2021. In alignment with the national AAP Health Equity efforts, the focus was specifically on anti-black racism.   The round table discussion involved members from the NRC-PFCMH Health Equity Subcommittee, in addition to 8 African American and Black families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).    From this discussion, the NRC-PFCMH team would like to continue this work and is looking for  African American and Black families of CYSHCN  to join as members of our Family Workgroup. As a member, we would ask for you to provide feedback and content suggestions on resources we develop to address equity for African American and Black families of CYSHCN and to potentially present information to larger audiences, if you a

Improved Emotion Regulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk in Youth

  NEWS AND EVENTS Improved Emotion Regulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk in Youth An analysis of clinical trial data shows that improvements in emotion regulation in youth at high risk for suicide who received dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) led to a reduction in self-harm behaviors. Read more