By: Christiaan Campbell
One of the key discussion points in our work to improve the Vocational Rehabilitation process has been the need for joint-training for VR Counselors and providers. In times past, separate trainings have led to misunderstandings due to differing interpretations of VR policy and procedure. By giving providers and VR staff the same information, at the same time, all stakeholders would have a shared understanding of the material presented. Kylee Hope, the Director of the Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, showed her support for this idea by inviting me to last week’s Annual Training Symposium for VR staff.
With progress comes change. Following the release of the CMS HCBS Final Rule and other recent developments at the state and federal level, we are once again challenged with being innovative with the way services are designed, planned, and delivered to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bill Hadar of Developmental Services, Inc. will be retiring after 28 years as DSI’s Chief Executive Officer and 14 years in other leadership roles effective January 16, 2015. Hadar, a Columbus, Indiana resident took over the top post in 1986 when DSI served seven counties and provided the leadership that has seen the organization grow to serve children and adults with disabilities in more than 40 counties.
Thank you to those who have submitted their INARF Salary Surveys by the initial deadline. To date we have received over 30 Staff Salary Surveys and over 30 CEO Salary Surveys. However, in order for the results to be statistically significant, we need to have at least 20 more member agencies participate. We are extending the deadline for submitting the completed Excel file for the INARF Salary Surveys to Friday, September 26, and we would very much appreciate your participation.
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To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Stakeholders
From: Nicole Norvell, Director
Re: Medicaid Wavier Ombudsman
Date: September 12, 2014
The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) is pleased to announce that Matt Rodway will be fulfilling the role of the Statewide Waiver Ombudsman in accordance with Indiana Code 12-11-13, effective September 15, 2014. Matt has been with DDRS for 12 years in the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) having served as a Service Coordinator, a District Manager, Field Services Director and most recently Director of Client Services.
Prior to joining BDDS Matt worked for varying BDDS providers giving supports to Medicaid waiver clients as well as Supported Group Living clients. Matt’s past experience and expertise will provide invaluable support to all of the DDRS clients and families.
Matt can be reached toll free at 1-800-622-4484 or at 317-503-1217.