Kentucky Together Coalition Video Highlights Need for Additional Funding for Medicaid Waiver Program
Kentucky Together, a coalition of individuals and groups in Kentucky, has banded together to draw attention to the need for comprehensive tax reform to create additional revenue in the state budget to invest in the future of their state. The coalition has created a series of videos, totaling ten so far, to highlight various programs and services in Kentucky that need additional funding. The overall purpose is to continue emphasizing the low-cost, high-quality support model the waivers provide for people, and to address the waiting list of over 7,000 participants in Kentucky. These videos are assisting the coalition in their appeals to the legislature to provide additional funding to these programs by demonstrating to legislators the impact these programs have on individuals and their lives.
On April 12, INARF staff participated in a webinar offered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Money Follows the Person Program to gain valuable housing resources for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) offered in rural areas. The webinar included information about the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Services programs, including multi-family and single family housing, and community facilities funding. INARF members may find these resources helpful as you work to provide housing options to individuals you serve.
As INARF previously reported, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced the launch of a new program aimed at providing assistive mobility devices to Indiana homeowners. The Ramp Up Indiana Program will provide up to $25,000 to each eligible non-profit organization and could result in as many as 150-200 ramps will be built throughout the State of Indiana. Eligible applicants for the Ramp Up program are non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) entities that can demonstrate an organizational mission or focus related to serving the housing needs of persons with disabilities. Eligible beneficiaries of the pilot program are limited to homeowners at or below 80% of area median income.
Advocacy Links received another 3 year CARF accreditation for Service Coordination, along with additional certification in the specialized areas of Children & Adolescents; Medically Fragile; Older Adults/Dementia Care. While accreditation is required for agencies providing most services for the Family Support and Community Integration and Habilitation Waivers, Advocacy Links sought and obtained the additional certifications to highlight the additional expertise provided by their staff.
Bona Vista has announced a partnership with Center Township Trustees Office to provide the Community Connections Adult Day Program. Community Connections is a day program for adults with developmental disabilities who generally need intense supervision and are not currently at the level needed to work independently in the community. Bona Vista currently serves over 30 individuals in their brand new location on 1800 S Plate St in Kokomo, and 10 individuals in our Bona Vista Benton Street location in Peru.