New Hope Services, a southern Indiana INARF member, was featured recently on WLKY Louisville for its work with family services. Jane Labes, Development and PR Consultant for New Hope Services, spoke with reporter Ann Bowden. “We serve 14 counties in Southern Indiana,” said Labes. “We’re all about providing services that they [persons with disabilities and/or their families] need on a very personal level. And that really boils down to empowering people.”
For over a year, Sesame Street, a staple program of PBS, has been working with organizations like Autism Speaks and Autism Self Advocacy to help reduce the stigma associated with autism spectrum disorder. To do this, the program hopes to introduce the muppet Julia, who is part of a digital storybook called “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3.”
INARF member Opportunity Enterprises (OE) received a visit from Indiana Governor Mike Pence at its Lakeside facility on October 21. The Governor joined OE staff and clients in celebration of National Disability Employment Month. Nearly 20 OE officials and board members, as well as state Senator Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the state's Department of Child Services, were able to join Pence in the celebration.
This week, the Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) announced updates to the provider website at indianamedicaid.com. The bulletin includes an important reminder for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver providers about use of ICD-10 diagnosis codes for billing, as well as other updates and reminders.
The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services is hosting an Incident Reporting webinar next month on three dates: November 10, November 12, and November 16. Participants will walk away from the webinar with knowledge of how to compose a well-written incident report, to correctly code incidents, and to understand the criteria for a Sentinel. INARF encourages all providers to participate and share the webinar with their staff.