September Feedback Event
During the September event, we will review plans to simplify the current disability waivers so they are based on where people live: independently, with family or in a group/shared living arrangement (e.g., foster care, supported living or customized living services). We will gather input on who makes decisions about where people live and what influences those choices. We are asking for input through a pre-event form and the feedback event.
The deadline to register for the event is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.
Feedback event details
You have two options for attending the event. Both options will cover the same topics.
- Option 1:
- Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
- Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Option 2:
- Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
- Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
- Audience: We encourage people who live with others in group/shared living arrangements and family members who support people living in those settings to register. Others are welcome to register, but event space is limited. We will allocate space to allow for a variety of perspectives and experiences.
- Topic: Asking for input about what guides living decisions to inform our plans to reshape the waivers
- Register and/or provide pre-event input: Complete the Waiver Reimagine Feedback Event 2 Registration and Pre-Event Input Form by Sept. 16, 2020
During the next couple years, we will work with you to reshape the four current disability waivers into two new waivers. This change will require state legislative and federal approval. Your ideas and input will influence our plans and recommendations.
During the event, we will briefly share information about our goals to simplify the waivers. Then, we will ask participants to join small groups and provide feedback about:
- How you make decisions about where you live
- What influences choices about where you live
- What factors are most important to you when deciding where to live (independently, with family or in a group/shared living arrangement).
Benefits of simplifying the waivers
We have gotten feedback from people and families that the waiver service menu is difficult to understand and limits options. In response, we worked with stakeholders to combine similar services across waivers and create more service options.
We have also gotten feedback that the four current waivers prevent some people from receiving the most appropriate supports and services because differences in waivers are based on diagnosis. To address this feedback, DHS plans to reshape the current waivers into two new waivers that will be available to people based on where they live instead of their diagnosis.
These new waivers will provide access to a full range of supports to meet people’s needs:
- People who live independently or with family will use the Individual Support Waiver.
- People who live in group/shared living arrangements will use the Residential Support Waiver.