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Indiana Disability Justice Presents Sexual Health Education for People with Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities as Sexual Violence Primary Prevention (Part 2)

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Case management organization virtual meet and greet

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is hosting multiple virtual meet and greet opportunities for individuals and families to learn more about the case management companies selected to continue to provide case management services. Each case management company will provide a brief summary of their agency and their contact information. Questions will be addressed as time allows and any remaining questions will be addressed after the event. The case management companies that will be available at the events are: CareStar of Indiana The Columbus Organization Connections Case Management Indiana Professional Management Group Inspire Case Management Unity of Indiana The October virtual meet and greet opportunities will take place as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT  Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 10 – 11 a.m. EDT  Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 1 – 2 pm. EDT  No registration is required.  See the BDDS events page for links to join. There will be additional dates and times sched

Social Security Announces Redesigned Statement -- Now Available with a my Social Security Account

Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, introduced a new look and feel to the  Social Security Statement , available online through the my Social Security portal at  www.socialsecurity.gov/ myaccount  and by mail. The  Statement  is one of the most effective tools people can use to learn about their earnings and future Social Security benefits. This fresh look will allow millions of people to see their earnings information and estimates of future benefits quickly and securely. For more information, please visit  www.ssa.gov/news/press/ releases/2021/#10-2021-1

Indiana Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in person and virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

From FSSA News Release INDIANAPOLIS—The next meeting of the Indiana Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be held on   Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 , from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EDT). The meeting will be held at the Indiana Government Center South building, conference room B and streamed live at  https://www.youtube.com/c/ FSSAIndianavideos . More information about the task force is available online at  https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/ 5455.htm . For requests for accommodations including a link to ASL interpretation, please contact Kristina Blankenship at  800-545-7763  or  kristina.blankenship@fssa.in. gov  on or before Oct. 13, 2021. The task force was originally established by House Enrolled Act 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and is chaired by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Meetings were held around the state in 2018 for the purpose of gathering input and preparing a comprehensive plan for implemen

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

  October 19, 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm Assistive technology can play an important role in the workplace by enabling persons with disabilities to access equipment and services so they can perform job tasks and maintain employment. This webinar will cover the basics of assistive technology along with tools and resources available for use in the workplace. Featured Presenter:   Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology Services, Easterseals Crossroads As Director of Assistive Technology Services, Brian is responsible for the agency’s assistive technology service line that includes clinical assistive technology, home modification, and the INDATA Project, a statewide assistive technology program. Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration with funding from the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Offers Cash Incentive for Hoosiers with ABLE Accounts

Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell is announcing an exciting new incentive for Indiana residents covered by Anthem's Hoosier Care Connect program. Beginning April 1st, Anthem will offer a $25 contribution to all qualified members with an INvest ABLE   Indiana account or help you open an account to receive the one-time deposit. To qualify for this incentive, Hoosier Care Connect members enrolled with Anthem must be eligible for an INvest ABLE  Indiana account. In addition, the member must have opened the account within the past 12 months or may open a new account. To open an account, you must certify your disability was present before age 26 and are blind or eligible to receive Social Security benefits (SSI or SSDI). “We are thrilled to partner with Anthem and are grateful for their support of both Hoosiers with disabilities and INvest ABLE  Indiana," said Amy Corbin, Indiana ABLE Authority Executive Director. "Anthem’s promotion of INvest ABLE  Indiana links their Hoosier

Indiana launches $540 million grant program to support early childhood education programs

Child care, early childhood education and out-of-school time programs are eligible to apply for grants covering three months of operating expenses The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced new  Build, Learn, Grow  Stabilization Grants , intended to support child care, early care and education and out-of-school time programs that have faced increased costs and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed across at least two grant rounds, with the first round covering three months of providers’ operating expenses, allowing them to stabilize their operations and invest in their businesses to build capacity for the future. Stabilization grants are made possible by funding Indiana received from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging to the early education industry, as providers have worked to remain open to safely serve children, while many families have chosen to keep children at home or wi

Transportation Services Module Modified

The following Medicaid Provider Module has been modified.   Transportation Services  (see the module for a complete list of changes) Changed “accompanying parent” references to “accompanying adult” Changed DXC references to Gainwell Updated Southeastrans web links as needed to reflect the current URLs Updated the  Introduction  section Updated the  Exempted NEMT Services  section Updated the  Scheduling Procedures for Brokered NEMT Services  section Updated the  Billing and Reimbursement for Brokered NEMT Services  section Added the  Southeastrans Review and Appeals Process  section Updated the  Multiple Passengers  section Updated the  Accompanying Adult or Attendant  section Updated the  Hospital-to-Hospital Transports  section Added the  IHCP Transportation Provider Specialties  section heading and introductory text, updated subsections and added four subsections Update the  Ambulance Transportation and Related Services  section Added the  Naloxone Administration  section and subsec

IHCP clarifies policy regarding home health staff traveling with members

Originally found in Bulletin  BR202139 The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) is issuing a clarification regarding home health services for members traveling for services both in-state and out-of-state. If a member requires home health services and is also expecting to travel for other services, the home health agency should include this information as part of a prior authorization (PA) request for home health services. With approved home health services, nursing staff within a home health agency are allowed to travel with a member if the staff member meets all state licensure requirements. This reimbursement information applies to services delivered under the fee-for-service (FFS) delivery system. Individual managed care entities (MCEs) establish and publish reimbursement, PA and billing criteria within the managed care delivery system. Questions about managed care billing should be directed to the MCE with which the member is enrolled.