In response to a series of articles in the Bloomington Herald Times about the direct support workforce crisis, INARF Members Stone Belt Arc and LifeDesigns are weighing in on the issue. For its part, Stone Belt organized a first of its kind community forum on May 21st titled "The Care Gap Crisis: A Community Discussion."
The forum include a panel presentation that highlighted the impact of this crisis on persons served, the agencies that support them, and the community, as a whole. Two local legislators - Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) and Rep. Matt Ubelhor (R-Linton) - participated in the panel offering their insight into the issue and more importantly how the community can advocate with the legislature.
LifeDesign CEO, Susan Rinne, and Board President, Brian O'Neill wrote an op-ed on the issue, published in the Herald-Times in mid-May. The piece stressed the importance the Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the provision of quality services and the need for community support. They promoted reasonable, long-term solutions like adopting the National Core Indicators and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Quality Framework, as well as the need to ensure funding reflects all costs associated with making the DSP role strong and stable for the future.
First Chance Center is holding their 17th Annual Golf Scramble on July 16, 2014 at the beautiful Donald Ross Championship PGA Golf Course in French Lick, IN. For more information please contact Debbie Wilson or Louise O'Connell or call 812-723-4486.
Jay-Randolph Developmental Services, Inc (JRDS) partnered with local rotary members to donate a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander and more than $1,500 for gas and maintenance to The Journey Home, an organization which assists veterans with addictions.
Indiana Professional Management Group (IMPG) is investigating ways in which they can better serve individuals who do not speak English, and whose families also have limited English capabilities. If your organization has experience with bilingual communications, IMPG asks that you complete this survey.
Janus Developmental Services, Inc was recently awarded a grant from The Vectren Foundation. The grant will help fund Janus' Computer Technology Learning Project.
Congratulations to Holly Piggott, ResCare, Inc. for winning the $50 Amazon Gift Card! Holly's name was drawn from respondents of the INARF Member Needs and Resources survey.