[r49] Rep. Culver to study developmental disability issues at first meeting (8/8/2011)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Start Date: 8/8/2011 All Day
End Date: 8/8/2011
STATEHOUSE- State Representative Wes Culver (R-Goshen) will be studying various issues pertaining to developmental disabilities at the commission's first meeting on Wednesday.

"We need to take a close look at how our state is providing care and services for those with developmental disabilities," said Rep. Culver. "I am eager to begin discussing ways to ensure quality services and programs are being offered in the Hoosier state."

The commission will be receiving updates from the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and the Disability and Rehabilitation Services Division. They will also be hearing comments from the Arc of Indiana and the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF).

Topics covered during this meeting will be:

. The Objective Based Allocation (OBA) budget process

. The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS) deemed status for service providers

. Potential  plans to reduce aggregate and per capita cost of Medicaid developmental disabilities home and community based service waivers

. Employment initiatives and federal match for vocation rehabilitation

. FSSA fiscal and program audits

. Review of group home referral and placement process

. Waiting lists for services

. Priority waiver changes

. State Medicaid plan changes

. Moving consumers from nursing homes into community based services

"These are serious issues that concern a great deal of people in our state as well as their families," said Rep. Culver. "It is important to have an ongoing dialogue about these topics in order to maintain services that deliver high quality options and where possible give citizens living with a developmental disability the opportunity to be more independent." 

The Commission on Developmental Disabilities will be meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Chambers located at the Statehouse.

This meeting will be broadcast live, online for those unable to attend. To watch, please visit http://media.ihets.org/senate.