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Mar 23, 2015 Save the Date: Regional Workshops on Emergency Planning
Ground-breaking Regional Workshops on Emergency Planning for People with All AbilitiesWhen and Where:February 24, 2015 (Best Western Mt Vernon)March 26, 2015 (Shelton Civic Center)April 28, 2015 (Red Lion Hotel-Pasco) Who:Any individual, agency, organization or business that is interested in disaster planning for the area’s high risk (vulnerable) populations.Hear and learn from ‘boots on the ground’ experiences in community disaster situations.Learn about new recommended Disaster Core Competencies for community based
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Mar 9, 2015 Medicaid Reimbursements for Private Health Insurance
Did you know that there may be a way to have the flexibility of private health insurance and get reimbursed for premiums from Medicaid? The Washington State Health Insurance Premium Payments (HIPP) Program reimburses the cost of private health insurance premiums for certain individuals who would cost more for the state to cover under Medicaid. It’s for individuals who:are eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid);have private insurance;have a household income below 200% Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*; and,would be more expensive for the state
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Mar 5, 2015 New Olympia Insider: Education is Special
This edition of the Olympia Insider puts the focus on education. Listen to Sarah Butcher of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Washington talk about an important piece of legislation to support social emotional skill building and strategies for all students. 
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Mar 3, 2015 Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)
Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) provides intensive mental health services in a wraparound team structure for children and youth involved in more than one system. It’s available to Medicaid eligible children/youth from birth to age 21.The focus of WISe is to: Provide intensive mental health services to assist youth and families in achieving wellness, safety, and relationships within their community.Develop a single plan, based on strengths and needs. The plan is guided and driven by the youth and family using a team. Team
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Feb 25, 2015 DD Council Recruiting Now for Vacant Positions
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking candidates to fill open positions on the Governor-appointed Council.Who Can Apply The Council encourages anyone who is interested to apply. Council membership includes self-advocates and family members and represents the wide cultural and geographical diversity of our state. Selected council members will hold a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment for a second term. The Council covers all expenses, including travel to meetings, meals and lodging. The Work of the
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Feb 17, 2015 Promoting Inclusion: A Call for Micro-Grant Applications
We strongly believe that personal relationships and a sense of belonging are just as important to quality of life as employment and education. At the same time, we understand that overcoming barriers to social inclusion often takes some creative thinking and focused planning. In an effort to plant seeds of inclusion throughout the state, the Developmental Disabilities Council is working with Friendship Adventures to provide small grants to promote inclusion and innovation in building relationships through the Washington Community Integration
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Feb 12, 2015 What's the Difference? A Side by Side of the ABLE Act and DD Endowment Trust
This past December, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Federal rules are expected to be written mid-June of this year. In addition, our state must take legislative action to make the accounts available (see video below to hear advocates respond). Although not enough is known at this point to make a definitive side by side comparison, we've created a simple fact sheet to address those areas that we can compare (subject to change with rules and legislation).PRINT IT!One-page Side by Side Comparison of the ABLE Act
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Feb 9, 2015 New App Makes Planning Easy
  We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new app that helps individuals and families think about and create a plan for all stages of a person’s life. My Life Plan—created by a partnership between the DD Council and The Arc of Washington State— puts the person at the center of life decisions every step of the way. The questions have been designed with input from families and professionals to identify age-specific questions related to a person’s strengths, interests.All age groups are organized by
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Jan 29, 2015 Off and Running: DD Advocacy Style 2015
Advocacy Day 2015 kicks off with an overview of the legislative session. Find out what's bringing advocates to Olympia this year. Featuring interviews with Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32), individuals and parents. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott. 
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Jan 23, 2015 Sibling Leadership Comes to Washington
The director of the Sibling Support Project, Don Meyer, is proposing a meeting to explore creating a Washington State chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network.  Besides the potential for making history in our state, this meeting will be an opportunity to connect with other adult sibs and share stories, challenges, and a few laughs.  If you'd like to join the effort, please take this super-short survey.  Founded in 2007, the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing siblings of
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