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FDLE Gets Ready to Issue Purple Alerts Across Florida for Missing Adults

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced it will begin issuing Purple Alerts in Florida on July 1. Florida’s Purple Alert Plan was established by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Purple Alert will be used to assist in the location of missing adults suffering from mental, cognitive, intellectual or developmental …

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Special Savings Program for Floridians

Attention self-advocates and family members! There is a savings program for Floridians with disabilities to leverage called ABLE United. Managed by Florida Prepaid, ABLE United offers a savings program specifically for individuals with disabilities and has helped thousands of Floridians save, while maintaining benefits from programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Learn more about …

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Disability Employment Awareness Month focuses on recognizing abilities

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. This is when our state and the nation focus on job opportunities for people with disabilities. In today’s business world, talent is in demand. Many businesses are opening their doors to people with disabilities and have discovered a wealth of dependable job talent. The Agency for …

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APD Offers Waiver Enrollment to Individuals on Waiting List

With the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) offering Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver enrollment to individuals on the waiver waiting list, advocates are applauding Governor Ron DeSantis’ commitment to serving people with disabilities in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature allocated $95 million for APD to enroll approximately 1,900 people on …

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Florida seeks $1.1B in federal funding to expand Medicaid home-based services

The DeSantis administration is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars available under the American Rescue Plan over the next two years for home- and community-based services (HCBSs) that serve nearly 110,000 Floridians. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, confirmed Tuesday the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted its proposal Monday …

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Florida requests $1.1 billion to boost HCBS funding

On Monday, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted a $1.1 billion spending plan for home and community-based services (HCBS) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The funding would come from increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) outlined under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The 10-point percentage increase will last …

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Florida asks for $1.1 billion in Medicaid funding but it’s not a step toward expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is asking the federal government for an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars over the next two years to bolster access to home- and community-based programs and steer hundreds of millions of dollars to poor, elderly and disabled Floridians to purchase technology and make home improvements that enable them …

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Group Homes For Those With Developmental Disabilities Face A Growing Worker Shortage

Developmental disability service providers are the latest to join a list of employers who say they’re facing a worker shortage. Advocates say direct support professionals who left the industry because of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t returning now because of low wages. When someone has a developmental disability, they may need help …

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Don’t Leave Federal Funds on the Table

We are urging the Florida Legislature to not leave Federal funds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the table. Learn more about the latest COVID relief bill, how it impacts services and how you can help here: bit.ly/Action-Needed-Today

Florida COVID vaccine plan mostly bypasses developmentally disabled population

Florida COVID vaccine plan mostly bypasses developmentally disabled population But help may be on the way When Pat Shepard went to get her COVID-19 shot, her 48-year-old daughter with developmental disabilities and severe medical problems asked why she couldn’t get hers, too. At first, her doctor said she didn’t see why not, only to learn …

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