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SSA Takes Step Towards Improving Access to Continuing Benefits for SSI Recipients

Originally from National Center on Law & Elder Rights On Friday, October 29, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a new Emergency Message to its employees, instructing them that when a person receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits files a request for reconsideration more than 15 days after the date on a Notice of Planned Action, but within the 65-day appeal period, the recipient must continue to receive their benefits while their appeal is pending, unless they waive this in writing.  Read NCLER's new Practice Tip for more information. Read the Practice Tip

Virtual Forum on COVID-19 & Schools

The Indiana Public Health Association invites you to join in one of two upcoming virtual forums on COVID-19 & Schools, intended for school nurses, other school/district personnel, parents, local public health partners, and anyone else interested in hearing updates, asking questions, and sharing information related to  keeping kids IN the classroom and coronavirus OUT . Registration is  FREE !   The forums will be held on: Thursday, 11/18, 11 a.m. – 12 noon ET –  Register online here , and Monday, 11/29, 3 – 4 p.m. ET –  Register online here   Each day will feature the same agenda, so pick the one that works best for you. A recording will be made available, as well.   As we continue to implement efforts that help limit the risk of COVID-19 spreading within schools and the community – such as  vaccination , masking, social distancing, and temperature taking – routine testing remains an important mitigation strategy. Luckily, there are a variety of options for testing in K-12 schools,

SSA Takes Step Towards Improving Access to Continuing Benefits for SSI Recipients

From  Justice In Aging On Friday, October 29, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a  new Emergency Message  to its employees, instructing them that when a person receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits files a request for reconsideration more than 15 days after the date on a Notice of Planned Action, but within the 65-day appeal period, the recipient must continue to receive their benefits while their appeal is pending, unless they waive this in writing. When a person’s SSI benefits are reduced or suspended, there is a four-step administrative decision and appeals process through SSA: initial determination, reconsideration, administrative law judge hearing, and appeals council. A determination by SSA to reduce or suspend an individual’s SSI benefits must be communicated to them in a written Notice of Planned Action that explains the reason for the determination and states they have 60 plus 5 mailing days in which to file a request for reconsideration.

Transitioning patients with Developmental Disabilities to Adult Care

The following  article was recently published in the Journal of Family Practice.  It was authored by: Carl V. Tyler, Jr, MD, MSc; Molly McDermott, DO, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, OH (Dr. Tyler); Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program, OH. Ohio Family to Family is a part of Dr. Tyler’s Research Network who gave input on the article’s resources that aim to help family practitioners manage healthcare for adults with disabilities.  This article includes: ·         Case studies ·         a pre-visit questionnaire, ·         instructive videos, and ·         online resources Transitioning Patients With Dd to Adult Care by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

Added date case management organization in-person meet and greet

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services will be hosting multiple virtual and in-person meet and greet opportunities for individuals and families to learn more about each of the awarded case management organizations. The Arc of Indiana will be planning to partner with BDDS in these opportunities and serve to support BDDS efforts as well as being an additional support to individuals and families.  The following CMOs will participate in each of the meet and greet opportunities: CareStar of Indiana The Columbus Organization Connections Case Management Indiana Professional Management Group Inspire Case Management Unity of Indiana The virtual meet and greet opportunities will take place as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, 7– 8 p.m. EST   Click here to join Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, 1 – 2 p.m. EST   Click here to join Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 10 – 11a.m. EST   Click here to join Each case management organization will provide a brief summary of their agency and their contact informati

Simple Activities to Help Provide Physical Touch

  Physical touch is a basic human need for everyone, including children with autism—even children who have sensory processing disorders and may be defensive against touch. Touch is a natural instinct that provides emotional security. It’s also the easiest of the five love languages 1 to use unconditionally, which means using physical touch strongly telegraphs: “I love you!” On the other hand, failing to touch your child shouts just as strongly: “I don’t love you!” Clearly, this can put parents into a no-win situation if their child avoids touch altogether or is reluctant to allow it. Even with a touch-defensive child, there are ways to communicate love through physical touch. How to tell if physical touch is your child’s love language Is it even possible for a child who is touch-resistant to have physical touch as a primary love language? Absolutely! Being resistant to touch is typically a purely physical response due to a sensory integration or sensory modulation issue. Physical touch