What should be the Goals of Waiver Redesign?

The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, also known as DDRS is working on re-designing its Family Supports Waiver and its Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver. They want to hear from YOU! At any time, you can send your comments to: BDDSInfo@fssa.in.gov.

You know what? I want to hear from you too! I am going to make a series of videos briefly explaining proposed changes and then I will ask you what you think. Your comments will help inform the comments that Down Syndrome Indiana submits to the state. Ready?

In September 2018, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) issued a request for outside expert help to redesign its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers. DDRS contracted with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and a team of project experts, referred to as the project team, to assist with the waiver redesign. These efforts kicked off in April 2019.

HCBS waivers are a primary way the state meets the long-term service and support needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). DDRS’ interest in redesigning its HCBS waivers stems from a strong desire to make transformative positive change for individuals with IDD and their families. It is because of this desire that they have sought and value feedback from various stakeholders including individuals with disabilities, families, service providers, community leaders, and the 1102 Task Force.

This waiver redesign effort is a part of a broader transformational change that has been underway at the DDRS. DDRS primary goal is to create a system of services that supports individuals and families in achieving their vision of a good life.
DDRS set out a series of goals for waiver redesign which include:

• Increase Person-Centered Planning
• Improve Coordination of Care
• Increase Community Engagement
• Enhance Member Experience
• Maintain Qualified Providers (and Improve Capacity)
• Comply with the HCBS rule
• Promote Efficiency

What do you think the goals of the Waiver Redesign Should be?


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