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The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

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News and Events

 

Your Opportunity to provide input on Florida's Medicaid Home and Community Based Settings Rule Transition Plan

All states are required to comply with the new Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCBS) Settings Rule by 2019.  The purpose of these rules are to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS waiver services (including iBudget HCBS waiver services) are integrated into the community and have access to supports in the community, including the opportunity to seek employment, work in competitive settings, engage in community life, and control personal resources. Florida has developed its Transition Plan for how it will achieve this community integration.
 
You have the opportunity to provide your input into this Transition Plan before it is sent to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  We encourage you to review this Transition Plan and provide your comments to ensure a high standard of community integration in Florida.
 
CLICK HERE  for more information: 
 
 

Provider Rate Crisis

 

Live and learn: housing strategies to success

Residential Options Of Florida (ROOF) and the Florida Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst are excited to announce the 2016 Partners for Progress Conference to be held October 12-14, 2016 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL. (Click Here for flyer) ROOF's specialized statewide network has partnered with the Florida chapter of APSE in hosting the event to unite stakeholders from around the state to discuss and provide resources regarding affordable housing and employment strategies for people with developmental disabilities in Florida. For more information please call (239) 744-7663 or to register please visit: www.flroof.org/conference/registration

 

Legislative Activities

  • Click Here for the Toolkit - Creating A Developmental Disabilities Awareness day In Your Community
 

iBudget waiver waitlist training

 

communications

FDDC Annual Report, Click Here

FDDC Newsletter, Click Here

2016 FDDC Residential Options of Florida - Public Service Announcement, Click Here

 

ABLE ACT

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Click Here)
 
Florida Among First States to Activate Qualified ABLE Program

During a recent press conference (click here), ABLE United launched a new opportunity for Floridians with disabilities to enhance financial support, independence and quality of life. Stemming from the Florida ABLE Act, persons with disabilities can now have a tax-free savings and investment account without negatively impacting their government benefits. Florida is among the first states to implement and launch an ABLE program.

One feature of the ABLE United Program is that an individual with unique abilities to save with the help of family and friends, since anyone can contribute to the account. A total of $14,000 per year can be contributed to an individual's ABLE United account. Funds in an ABLE Unites account are excluded from certain federal means-tested programs, allowing individuals to save up to $100,000 without impacting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and even more without impacting Medicaid.

To be eligible to open an ABLE United account, the individual must meet the disability and severity requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration, have experienced the onset of blindness or the disability before age 26, and be a Florida resident. There is no cost to open an account and the monthly account fee is waived until July 1, 2017. 

For more information about ABLE United CLICK HERE, or to open an ABLE account please visit ableunited.com  

Community Coalition Up-Dates

The Council has developed a partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to develop four (4) sustainable coalitions in Florida that eventually can support the development of informal and volunteer services available in their area to help meet identified unmet needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are currently on Florida’s Medicaid Waiver waitlist. A long term goal of this project is to form grassroots coalitions throughout the state that are capable of identifying and increasing access to generic or shared services that can be utilized by the larger community. During the first year of this project, coalition building began in Escambia, Santa Rosa, & Okaloosa counties (Area 1), Jefferson, Madison & Taylor counties (Area 2) and Alachua, Bradford and Levy counties (Area 3).
Click Here for story about Project Enable's First Respite Day.
 

Rural Routes To Employment Project - Year 4

(Click Here) For Application
 
This is to encourage your application to participate in the Rural Routes to Employment Project, administered through the Center for Social Capital (CSC) and funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.  The application makes local communities eligible for selection as a Project Site, which provides your organization and local community with training, technical assistance, and mentoring tailored to your community, job seekers, and needs. We encourage applications from collaborative communities or counties in a proximal geographic area comprised of agencies, schools, and other community partners interested in working cooperatively as a project site.
 

Help Me Grow up-dates

On January 21, 2015, Help Me Grow Florida welcomed 2-1-1 representatives and community partners from 66 countries across Florida. With the support of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Office of Early Learning, the Children's Movement of Florida, and the Help Me Grow National Center, attendees from across the state were brought together to further the work of the HMG system on behalf f all children and families in Florida.  
 

(Click Here) for Photographs

DOL Homecare Guide 

This is a guide to help individuals, families, and households that use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers. Click Here for a PDF version of the guidebook. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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