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:
To apply, complete the Utility Support Program Application and fax, email, or mail, along with supporting documentation, to:
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 http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/VR%20Public%20hearing%20announcement.pdf.
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 http://www.thearc.org/FINDS
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.
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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