From The Arc of Indiana Newsletter:
On January 17, 2024, the state of Indiana submitted new waiver amendments for the proposed Pathways for Aging, Health and Wellness (H&W), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH), and Family Supports Waivers (FSW). One of the biggest changes proposed in the new amendments impacts Legally Responsible Individuals (LRIs) who are paid personal care attendants through the Aged & Disabled Waiver – soon to be the H&W Waiver. Under the proposal, they would be required to move to different program, Structured Family Care, at a lower rate of reimbursement, or have a paid care giver who is not a LRI. This is a significant change that will be detrimental to families and children and increase the risk of institutionalization.
Click here to read the IndyStar article that underscores the pressures family caregivers are facing.
To make a difference and to make your voice heard,
there are some things that you can do:
- Submit public comments at DDRSwaivernoticecomment@fssa.IN.gov.
- Contact your state legislators and Governor Holcomb; even though this is not a legislative action, it’s important for them to know how it’s going to affect you and your family. Find your state legislators here: https://iga.in.gov/. Click here to contact Governor Holcomb.
- Share your story through our storytelling portal, arcind.org/share-your-story/. Putting names and faces to the families this will impact is so important.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
- Stay informed and keep up to date with the most recent information; head to our new landing page at arcind.org/2024-medicaid-waiver-changes and keep an eye on our social media for updates.
For more information on all of these action steps,
please read our Call to Action sheet at https://bit.ly/2024CallToAction.
Happy New Year 2024!!
I hope you all enjoyed a great holiday season with friends and family. My family is ready to see all of you again!
We have some great things planned for 2024. I am working on finalizing details for our events calendar for the year. I will release an email and Facebook update when they are posted. Watch for that soon, along with information about our Tippy Arc/Oasis Disability Resource Fair in March.
Tippy Arc News for November and December 2022
Our Mission… The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. www.arcoftippecanoe.org
Executive Director Update
Can you believe it is November already? It seems like fall has just flown by this year.
We had a very busy October with lots of events. We enjoyed Exploration Acres and hot dogs on the open fire along with a big Halloween Bash at Club 53. Thanks to all the Volunteers who made these events possible. Check out the great pictures from the events on Facebook and Instagram.
We have two more events for 2022. We have our November Club 53 Harvest Dance with the gentleman from Pi Kappa Phi on November 12th and a Club 53 Christmas Party on December 10th. We are going to try something new this year and combine the big dinner of the Holiday Dinner with a Club 53 event. We will have food, music, crafts and a visit from Santa with gifts for everyone along with some treats for our caregivers. I am looking for a few elves to help me with this event- Crafters, Cooks, Wrappers etc. Email me if you would like to volunteer. We will need lots of hands for an event like this.
We will also be sharing events from other organizations and companies as well. If you would like us to share your events- that are open to all Adults with I/DD and or families in Tippecanoe County, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tippy Arc Caregiver Support Group is meeting in person at the end of the month. I am looking at the 29th or 30th. Please let me know if you would like to participate so I can plan for everyone. I have had several family caregivers who have asked to meet other parents to expand their community.
We will be doing 10 Days of The Arc of Tippecanoe County Fundraising Event starting December 1st and ending at Club 53 on December 10th. This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Each day we highlight on Facebook, Instagram and our website different events/programs from the Tippy Arc showing what we accomplish when we work together to support our Mission. Please consider making a donation or share the posts with friends and family telling them how you or someone you love is impacted by our organization.
As always, thank you for letting me work with you all. Let me know how I can help.
November/December Tippy Arc Events- Event Flyers will go out for each event.
November 12th 5:30 to 8 pm Club 53’s Harvest Dance
Cost is $20 and includes drinks/snacks plus activity. Caregivers get in free.
November 30thth 6 to 8 pm Great Skates Sensory Skating!!
Cost is $5 per person plus $4 skate rental.
December 10th 5:30 to 8 pm Club 53’s Christmas Celebration
Cost is $5 and includes drinks/dinner plus crafts, prizes and a gift from Santa. Caregivers get in free. THIS PARTY WILL REQUIRE AN RSVP TO ENSURE WE HAVE SUPPLIES FOR EVERYONE- MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON.
*RSVP reminder- all events with the exception of Club 53 require an RSVP with names of those participating in the event to email@example.com This ensures we have enough food, drinks or supplies for everyone. RSVP to Club 53 is not necessary but is really helpful.
** I am also pleased to announce that starting in December we will have the ability to take debit/credit cards at all events. We will also be able to send electronic receipts from the event.
Check out The Arc of Tippecanoe Counties website it at www.arcoftippecanoe.org Pictures on Facebook and Instagram!! Are you following us?
Have you visited our Facebook page lately? Lots of great pictures from recent activities. We also post educational opportunities and resources frequently on social media. You can also join our Caregiver Support Group or Arc Friends Group.
Paper plates, napkins and cups for events.
Thank you cards and envelopes
Games for Club 53
Check our Tippy Arc Amazon Wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/O8UGYOS8QS7U?ref_=wl_share
The Tippy Arc Needs You!
There are many opportunities to volunteer with The Arc of Tippecanoe County! Many of the activities can be done in your own home in your free time. Below are just a few of the areas in which we need volunteers:
- Serve at an event or Club 53.
- Teach Dances at Club 53
- Share you Art/Music Skills with us- Teach a class
- Be a guest Bartender for Club 53- no alcohol served and no experience needed 😊
- Manager for Club 53- oversee set up and volunteers for monthly Club 53
- Caregiver Support Team Members- help other caregivers/plan support events
- Outreach Volunteers to share events with other groups.
- Technology Support
Let us know how you’d like to help:
765-476-3277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder!!! Arc of Tippecanoe County memberships are now free and entitle members to email news blasts, Arc of Indiana newsletters, news on upcoming trainings, events and more! For more information, check the Arc of Tippecanoe website at www.arcoftippecanoe.org to fill out the form!
*Remember to notify us of changes in your email address so we can update our system