Waiver Amendments for Direct Care Staff Wage Increases Approved
On September 18, 2017, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) 1915(c) home and community-based services Family Supports Waiver (FSW) and Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waiver amendments. The mandated 5 percent rate increase for specific services provided under the FSW and CIH waivers with the intent to use the rate increase to increase wages for direct care staff is effective October 1, 2017. For more information about this Reimbursement Rate Increase, please click here.
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Governor Holcomb signs bill to help people with disabilities find jobs!
tHE bILL pASSED IN THE hOUSE!!
As expected, SB 390 was voted on today in the Indiana State House of Representatives. The bill passed 97 votes-0, and now goes back to the Senate for a couple of minor amendments to be approved. This is happening everyone! Employment First legislation will be a reality in Indiana within the next few weeks!
tHE BILL IS ON IT'S WAY...
On Tuesday, March 14th, members of IN-APSE and other statewide partners testified before the Indiana House Sub-Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform in support of Employment First legislation (SB 390). Indiana moved one step closer to becoming the 33rd state with Employment First legislation as the bill passed 12-0. The video of the testimony can be viewed below.
27th Annual INAPSE cONFERENCE daTES ARE SET!
IN‐APSE, 27th Annual Conference
Picture the Possibilities: Changing the Face of Employmentwill be this year's theme!
Great training and networking opportunities are ahead! Save the Date!