The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has announced a series of public forums designed for gathering input from Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, providers, and other interested citizens. This input will be essential in shaping the changes made to the waiver system.
Forums will be held throughout the state from Sept. 23—Oct. 10. Dates and locations are listed at the bottom of this post and in this flier from DBHDS.
This is YOUR chance to change the way Virginia provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families! What changes would YOU like to see in the ID/DD Waiver programs? What is working? What is not?
A Little Background
The U.S. v Virginia Settlement Agreement requires Virginia to provide services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting, regardless of the complexity of their support needs.
Virginia needs to amend its Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver and Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver programs in order to facilitate access to integrated services for all Virginians with I/DD and comply with the DOJ agreement. The ID Waiver is scheduled for renewal with CMS in 2014. As we have discussed in previous posts, DBHDS and DMAS have determined that this is the time to address concerns related to the “silos” and the structure of the Waivers.
On February 4, DBHDS released a RFP requesting training and technical assistance in developing a single, comprehensive ID/DD Waiver that responds to the requirements of the DOJ Agreement. The recipient of this contract is Human Services Research Institute, which was announced earlier this summer.
Deputy Commissioner Olivia Garland and HSRI Vice-President John Agosta presented at The Arc of Virginia’s 2013 State Convention, providing an overview of the Waiver Redesign goals/process. HSRI also held a “community conversation” at the Convention and announced it would be holding many other feedback forums in the fall.
Please come out and make your voice heard! Spread the word about the forum with others in your community. Join The Arc in our advocacy for “The New Virginia Way!