Advocacy Center

Task Force Survey

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities, established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly, is studying the current system of services for people with I/DD.

To assist The Arc in providing information to the task force, please complete a short survey.  Your input will be shared with the task force.

Survey for Parents, Family Members, and People with I/DD

Survey for Providers, DSPs, and Professionals in Disability Field


Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

The first meeting of the Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities will be held Monday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m. CST at Bosma Enterprises, 6270 Corporate Drive in Indianapolis. This will be the first of several meetings of the task force.

 The task force was established by House Enrolled Act 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. The task force members were named by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in October, and will prepare a complete plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. 

 The link to the live stream is

  During this time, the task force would like family members of people with I/DD, and people with I/DD, to share their comments on current and needed services and supports to provide a broad range of opportunities for people with I/DD to live a healthy and meaningful life in the community.


Important Notice:  The Arc Utility Support Program Ending

The Arc of Indiana’s Utility Support Program will end on September 30, 2017 as the state will no longer be funding the program.

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2017.

All paper work to determine eligibility must be complete by September 25, 2017 in order for The Arc to process applications by the September 30 end date.  Required paperwork includes:

  • Fully completed application
  • Documentation to verify disability of the person with a disability
  • Documentation can include an IEP, IFSP, Medicaid Waiver plan, or the explanation of benefits letter from social security stating that the income is being provided due to a disability
  • Social Security letters must be dated within the last 90 days
  • Last 30 days of income for all individuals in the home receiving income
  • Current utility bills

To apply, complete the Utility Support Program Application and fax, email, or mail, along with supporting documentation, to:

Fax: 800-573-9816

The Arc of Indiana
Attn: Utility Support Program
107 N Pennsylvania St., Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204

During the course of The Arc’s Utility Support Program, over 1,630 families have received heating and cooling utility cost assistance.

If you have questions, please call 800-573-9816.


Renewal of Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Open for Public Comment

In September 2017, the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration (FSSA) Division of Aging (DA) intends to submit a proposed renewal to the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver and an updated version of the TBI waiver-specific Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for consideration. If granted, the extended Waiver would be effective January 1, 2018. If you would like information on the renewal, please click here.


Online Family Leadership Skills Training

Indiana families now have access to a new web-based training called Building Family Leaders. This training will help families build knowledge and skills in the area of family leadership to be able to lead, advocate, and engage as partners in the systems that serve their children. There is also no cost to register or use the system.

For more information, click here.


Public Hearing – Vocational Rehabilitation Services Request to Implement Order of Selection.

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) will hold public hearings April 24 and April 25 for the public to share comments regarding the Draft Amendment to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services portion of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan regarding Order of Selection.

The full announcement of the public hearings can be viewed at


FINDS Survey has been extended to April 30, 2017

The Arc of U.S. is seeking your participation for the 2017 Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey. To participate, the individual must be 18 years of age or older and provide primary unpaid and frequent support to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability living in the United States. Participants may also take the survey anytime between now and April 30, 2017 by visiting


Caregiver Support Services

Starting July 1st families may apply or renew their applications for Caregiver Support Services. Limited funds are available and on a first come, first serve basis. Contact your local Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services today for more information.

What does this service offer?

  •  Short-term relief period for the primary caregiver provided in the primary caregiver’s and individual’s home or a non-private residential setting (i.e., a “respite home”).
  • Providers must be selected from an approved CGS picklist.
  • The provider will provide the trained staff to supervise the eligible individual(s).
  • Staff can do the following activities:
    • assistance with toileting and feeding
    • assistance with daily living skills, including accessing the community and community activities
    • assistance with grooming and personal hygiene
    • meal preparation, serving and clean up
    • medication administration
  • Staff cannot do the following activities:
    • completion of routine household chores
    • caring for non-CGS approved persons
  • Staff cannot be the parent, spouse or primary caregiver of the individual receiving CGS.
  • Staff cannot be an adult that also resides in the same residence as the individual receiving services.
  • Staff cannot be used while the primary caregiver is at work.
  • Staff cannot use his/her own home as the place to provide CGS.
  • CGS cannot pay for the cost of registration fees or the cost of recreational activities, such as camp, etc.
  • CGS cannot be used to pay for rent, food or other household costs.


BDDS Notice on Informed Choice for Group Home Residents

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) issued a notice on February 28 regarding the rights of residents of group homes to have informed choice in choosing their day service provider. The notice reads in part, ““Informed Choice” means a consumer has a right to determine, to the maximum extent possible, the services the consumer wants and the provider the consumer wants to deliver those services … individuals are entitled to be given choice regarding their day services options and vocational prospects. The interdisciplinary team is responsible for assuring informed choice including providing information, evaluating the capacity to understand the information, and obtaining a decision from the individual. The full notice can be read at:  Individual Informed Choice and Day Service Options

     Group Home Report

There are currently 3,141 people receiving services in Supervised Group Living (group homes) in Indiana. The occupancy rate, as of the end of February, 2017, is 93%.  Statewide there are a total of 236 vacancies.

     Notice of Part C State Plan Public Comment Period

The State of Indiana is accepting public comment on the Part C State Plan, Indiana’s First Steps program.  Interested persons and organizations may submit written comments for State review until April 20, 2017.   Part C State Application FFY 2017 – Notice of Comment Period

Every Student Succeeds Act Public Meetings

The Indiana Department of Education is scheduling meetings around the state to receive feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  At these meetings, DOE will share an overview of what ESSA requires and their strategy to address those requirements. After the presentation, participants will be asked to share input on specific areas of the plan. It is important for parents and advocates of students receiving special education services to be part of the process.   View Meeting Dates & Locations