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Jenifer Asher



Joined: 28 Oct 2005
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Location: Indianapolis, IN

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:58 pm    Post subject: Positive Changes to Medicaid Waiver Services Reply with quote

Hello everyone, I received this DDRS communication today announcing positive changes to our waiver program that I thought you may find interesting! -Jenifer

June 14, 2006

To: John Dickerson, Kelly Hartman, Jim Hammond, Tracy Mitchell
From: Peter Bisbecos, Director

Re: Increasing access to Services

The DDRS recognizes and appreciates the efforts of families, advocates and the provider community in supporting individuals with disabilities in uncertain financial times. We have pulled together and made a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.

As a direct result of these efforts, the State is able to announce that in July 2006 we will begin to add an increase of 3.5% to each individuals waiver budget for Residential Habilitation and Support, Day Services and Behavior Management services. These increases will occur in conjunction with each individual's annual waiver renewal.

Individuals that have had significant changes in their lives may alternatively continue to request reviews of their plans of care and annual plan rates at the time of the waiver renewal. Policies and procedures for that process announced on April 10th remain in effect.

The State is fully committed to adding significant numbers of individuals to services. One aspect of this plan, to be announced publicly in coming days, is to add individuals from the current waiting lists to waiver services in the following manner:

500 to the Support Services waiver
100 to the Developmental Disabilities waiver
50 to the Autism waiver

We will begin notifying these individuals and families in July 2006. Efforts are also underway to ensure our waiting list data is current and up-to-date. An outside vendor will be contacting 5000 individuals on the waiting list via phone and mailing for contact information verification purposes in the coming weeks. Please be aware this process is separate from the targeting process for the new waiver slots. The DDRS is working with advocates, self-advocates, family members and providers to evaluate ways to serve those individuals who currently have no services through the State, but have the highest level of need. We are committed to addressing the needs of this population and expect our efforts to result in the addition of significant numbers of individuals to DDRS services. Specific information on this project will be made available as we move forward with planning and implementation. Thank you for your continued support and active involvement.
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Dmom3005



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THis must be why they cancelled the Respite services program
my son has been serviced under for the last 3 or 4 years since
his service waiver was lost when the local FSSA office. Decided
to play god and didn't file his medicaid papers.

SO now we are not going to receive respite because they cancelled
his program, and we have to wait and see how they decide to
do this particular program. Its interesting that now they are
going to find funds and open up some slots at the expense
of some of our kids that were already being serviced by agencies
through the state.

Thanks for posting this.

They didn't even have the nerve or the compassion to send me
or the other parents a letter telling us as of July 2006 the program
we use wouldn't be anymore. They left it to the service to call
us and say sorry we aren't able to give you anymore hours.

Gosh guess our kids aren't important.

Donna
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Provider1



Joined: 31 Oct 2005
Posts: 17

PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dmom3005 wrote:
THis must be why they cancelled the Respite services program
my son has been serviced under for the last 3 or 4 years since
his service waiver was lost when the local FSSA office. Decided
to play god and didn't file his medicaid papers.

SO now we are not going to receive respite because they cancelled
his program, and we have to wait and see how they decide to
do this particular program. Its interesting that now they are
going to find funds and open up some slots at the expense
of some of our kids that were already being serviced by agencies
through the state.

Thanks for posting this.


They didn't even have the nerve or the compassion to send me
or the other parents a letter telling us as of July 2006 the program
we use wouldn't be anymore. They left it to the service to call
us and say sorry we aren't able to give you anymore hours.

Gosh guess our kids aren't important.

Donna


Was your son on the medically fragile waiver...If so I believe I read a bulletin that stated that he would be served under the aged and disabled waiver. I will try to find that info and post it for you...

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Dmom3005



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope he isn't on a waiver, and at present I believe he has
been lost in the system by the system on purpose.

Hoping that someone in the state can figure out they have
this mess. I don't plan on him getting lost to long.

Donna
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Provider1



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dmom3005 wrote:
Nope he isn't on a waiver, and at present I believe he has
been lost in the system by the system on purpose.

Hoping that someone in the state can figure out they have
this mess. I don't plan on him getting lost to long.

Donna


Donna,

Keep pushing to find an answer. Don't believe all of the hype here about how bad the administration is. What you are seeing is now is the tightening of the belt. The facts are that there has been a lot of waste. I have seen it and probably been a part of it. This is as bad as it gets I hope. I hope that you can find the services you need for your son.

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Dmom3005



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its nothing to do with the hype as you call it here.

I work as a parent advocate so I see first hand the mess
this governor has set up.

Its a shame he thinks the Citizen's of Indiana are not
good enough to deserve the services and supports
they had.

Donna
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alwaysadvocating



Joined: 09 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:07 pm    Post subject: Checking on those slots Reply with quote

Has anyone heard of any of these slots being opened yet aside from the slots they gave to state line people (which again only benefited the state)? I have some people I advocate for who were extremely high on SSW and DD Waiver lists and they have heard nothing. They have checked with BDDS and was told letters have not even been mailed out.
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kirksmom



Joined: 02 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a friend who's daughter is on the waiting list for the DD Waiver. She has tried calling BDDS to get an actual number as to where her daughter is on the waiting list. They have told her they could not give her a number. Could someone give me a number or person to contact, so that I may pass this information to her. Perhaps she should be contacting someone else.
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Dmom3005



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A contact name is Don Patterson 877-782-6736.
My contact was with Matt Rodway 877-218-3096

I am not sure exactly if all the waivers will be through this too,
I'm working on respite services right now for my son, that he
already had. I do know that you can get some hours for your
kids for this too though. If you aren't already getting some.

I was told they are wanting all kids or people eligible to get
some.


My son's respite service is to start again in August. So I wanted
everyone that needs this help to know how to call and get on
the list for help.

Donna
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