Advocacy Center

Indiana’s Caregiver Support Services program is now accepting applications!

This program provides temporary assistance to families who are caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and still reside with their family or a legal guardian. These funds are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis. Applications can be submitted in-person, online or by mail. To mail or apply in-person, please visit The Bureau of Development Disabilities Services (BDDS) District Office at 700 E. Walnut Street; Evansville, IN 47713. To apply online, click here.

BDDS to Host Building Bridges Events Across State

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) is hosting Building Bridges events to provide an opportunity for families and self-advocates to meet and speak with BDDS’ state staff and provide an avenue for individuals and families to share their feedback. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes, concerns, as well as suggestions or input regarding BDDS programs and services.  At each meeting state staff will provide brief updates from the Bureau as well as field questions about services and programs administered by BDDS. All meetings will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. local time. Following is a list of scheduled dates and locations:

  • June 5: Morrison-Reeves Library, 80 North 6th Street, Richmond, IN 47374
  • June 19: Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN 47807
  • June 28: Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville IN 47712
  • July 12: Charlestown-Clark County Public Library, 430 N Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg, IN 47172
  • July 30: United Way Columbus, 1531 Thirteenth Street, Suite 1100, Columbus, IN
  • August 9: Plymouth Public Library, 201 North Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563
  • August 16: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • August 28: Kokomo-Howard County Public Library South, 1755 E Center Road, Kokomo, IN 46902
  • September 13: Crown Point Community Library, 122 N Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
  • September 20: Easterseals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205

The Bureau plans to continue to offer Building Bridges events as an ongoing activity in various communities and settings across the state.

Special Needs Trusts & ABLE Accounts

Trust Accounts and ABLE Accounts are all valuable tools in your future planning. The options below will help you determine which account is best for you and your loved one with disabilities.

3rd Party Trust – The Arc Trust I

  • Funds come from gift or inheritance
  • No max annual contribution limit
  • No Medicaid payback
  • Earnings may be taxed
  • No age limitations
  • Covers qualified disability expenses and more!
  • No min/max balance

ABLE Accounts

  • Funds can come from anyone
  • Max annual contribution limit
  • Medicaid payback
  • Earnings are tax free
  • Age limitations
  • Covers qualified disability expenses only
  • No min/max balance (SSI suspended if >$100,000)

1st Party Trust – The Arc Trust II

    • Funds come from individual’s own money
    • No max annual contribution limit
    • Medicaid payback
    • Earnings may be taxed
    • No age limitations
    • Covers qualified disability expenses and more!
    • No min/max balance

If you are interested in learning more about the Trusts and ABLE Accounts and would like to attend a presentation led by a representative from The Arc of Indiana, please contact Angie Sumner at 812-428-4500 extension 303.

Medicaid Waiver Guide

The Medicaid Waiver allows Medicaid to fund supports and services for children and adults with disabilities in their homes or their community.  Medicaid Waivers allow an individual to use traditional Medicaid services along with additional services that are also available under the waiver.

To find out if you or a family member would qualify, visit

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.