[r49] Rep. Culver chairs committee meeting, hears testimony (10/18/2012)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Start Date: 10/18/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 10/18/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wes Culver (R-Goshen) chaired the third and final interim study committee meeting of the Commission on Developmental Disabilities last week. Topics of discussion included limitations on family members as paid caregivers, the gap in funding between Community Integration and Habitation (CIH) waivers and Family Support (FS) waivers, inefficiencies with provided services through FS waivers and others.
 
This meeting gave families who were affected by some of the recent reforms within the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) an opportunity to share their experiences and give ideas about how to improve DDRS. Public testimony was heard from people with disabilities and parents and guardians of people with disabilities.

“These issues are all important, and I’m glad the committee got to hear testimony from the people directly affected,” Rep. Culver said. “This gives us an idea of what more we can do to help people with disabilities and how we can use our funds more efficiently.”

Several people gave testimony regarding the funding provided by the waivers and the services they provide. The stipulations about what the money can be used for were discussed. Ideas were given on how to better disperse money between families so it can be distributed more efficiently to help more people. Indiana has decreased the waiting list for waivers substantially and is making progress toward getting everyone the help they need.

Shane Spotts, Director of DDRS, gave closing remarks on behalf of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). Spotts spoke about the call for greater flexibility with services through. He mentioned that FSSA has come a long way and will continue to improve.

“We’re doing everything we can to make the system function more effectively,” said Rep. Culver. “Our goal is always to help Hoosiers in need as economically as possible.”

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