News to Know 5/14/12

Published May. 14, 2012

News to Know 5/14/12

Articles include Medicaid changing to managed care, DSM-V criteria change for autism, Employment First Leadership Mentor Program, WA-DDD Employment Supports Performance Outcome Information System, MyAutismTeam, 1 in 3 autistic young adults lack jobs and education, The National Disability and Abuse Project, B.C. adds help for disabled youth - Waits end for those turning 19

The information contained in these articles is for informational purposes only and should be evaluated by each recipient for content accuracy and applicability. Some articles are provided only to educate about a variety of perspectives on issues. It is not intended to represent the viewpoint of The Arc of Washington State or the Advocacy Partnership Project. Click on the link below each story to read the entire article.


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Washington State Moving to Managed Health Care for Individuals Receiving SSI-Medicaid

In the next few months, Washington State will be moving to managed health care for individuals who receive SSI Medicaid (but not Medicaid/Medicare). This move will be mandatory for everyone on SSI who does not live in a long term care facility or Residential Habilitation Center. HCA recently signed contracts with Amerigroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care Corporation, Molina Healthcare of Washington, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan to provide managed care services for Healthy Options Medicaid clients and Basic Health members beginning July 1, 2012. Two Informing Families Building Trust Bulletins and a related podcast detail important things you need to know if you are impacted by this change:

https://fortress.wa.gov/com/csddcinformingfamilies//

http://www.youtube.com/user/InformingFamilies/featured

What is Managed Care? Managed Care is a prepaid, comprehensive system of medical and health care delivery, including preventive, primary, specialty and ancillary health services. The term "managed care" is used to describe a variety of techniques intended to reduce the cost of providing health benefits, improve the quality of care, and deliver health care to enrollees organized around managed care techniques and concepts.

To learn more: http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/HealthyOptions/
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DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Final Public Comment May 2nd through June 15th, 2012
For the next 6 weeks we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity to submit comments on the draft fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This commenting period marks the third and final time DSM-5 draft criteria will be available for your feedback. Following this period the site will remain viewable with the draft proposals until DSM-5’s publication. Following the previous commenting period (May-July 2011), members of the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups reviewed feedback submitted to this site and, where appropriate, revised their proposed diagnostic criteria and made other changes. With the completion of the DSM-5 Field Trials, Work Group members have spent the past several months examining data and findings from these important studies. Therefore, the proposed diagnostic criteria found on this site are the result of the DSM-5 Work Groups’ ongoing deliberations, based on findings from scientific field studies, patient and clinician perspectives, and views from the general public. We want to stress that revisions will continue to be made, as necessary, over the next several months.

Learn more: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
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Employment First Leadership Mentor Program
Washington state has been selected to participate in the EFSLMP as the mentor state for protégé states Iowa, Oregon and Tennessee. Each state will receive funding to assist them to develop and implement their strategic plan and will have access to on-site, customized technical assistance from national subject-matter experts to help them achieve their goals. In addition the states will be able to discuss their progress with other states who are working in this area through regularly scheduled Community-of-Practice teleconference calls.

Read more: http://www.dol.gov/odep/media/newsroom/employmentfirststates.htm
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WA-DDD Employment Supports Performance Outcome Information System
This web site summarizes data collected on employment supports funded by the Washington Division of Developmental Disabilities and counties. Data are reported monthly at the individual level. The query modules allow users to create reports and graphs based on a number of individual characteristics.
Trend Report: Provides a graph of trends in employment services data for an individual variable such as gross pay or average hours in paid work.
Summary Report: Provides a summary of employment outcomes or supports at the state, region, County, or provider levels for a single month. Three different report choices are available:
• Hours of participation by activity.
• Monthly wages by activity.
• Supports provided by activity.

Read more: http://www.statedata.info/washington-ddd/
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MyAutismTeam
MyAutismTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best providers who can help your child thrive. Share with other parents like you, and learn from their experience. We're still in the early stages of MyAutismTeam, and have already pre-populated our searchable database with over 30,000 providers from our growing list of partners like Autism Speaks, Easter Seals and Parents Helping Parents.  In addition to the searchable local business database, we've built a social network to make it easier for parents to connect with each other and exchange insights about providers. More often than not, parents feel alone and excluded from information that can help them help their child. Our philosophy is to make it easy for all parents to easily get to answers they need. The more parents know and share with each other, the easier it is to see if you're missing a specialist that could help your child and see if the providers you have are among the best. Below are key areas of the site:
 Find Providers best suited to meet you child's needs based keyword and zip code/city and state. This is a great place to start building your own team.
 Find Parents most like you based on location, your child's diagnosis and age. You can browse everyone's story and team, which helps provides insight as you share and build your own team.
 Q & A section enables you to search previously asked questions and answers, and gives you the ability to ask your own question that will be answered by other parents on MyAutismTeam.
 Activity page is where parents' daily updates happen. It's where daily triumphs and trials are shared and supported.

Learn more: http://www.myautismteam.com/
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1 in 3 autistic young adults lack jobs, education
CHICAGO (AP)–One in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical school nearly seven years after high school graduation, a study finds. That's a poorer showing than those with other disabilities including those who are mentally disabled, the researchers said. With roughly half a million autistic kids reaching adulthood in the next decade, experts say it's an issue policymakers urgently need to address. The study was done well before unemployment peaked from the recession. The situation today is tough even for young adults who don't have such limitations. Ian Wells of Allentown, N.J., is 21, autistic and won't graduate from high school until next year. He is unlikely to attend college because of his autism. He wants a job but has only found unpaid internships and is currently working part-time and unpaid as a worker at a fastener factory. He's a hard worker, with good mechanical skills, but has trouble reading and speaking, said his mother, Barbara Wells. She said his difficulties understanding social cues and body language can make other people uncomfortable.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-05-14/autistic-young-adults-jobs/54954292/1

To read the study: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/09/peds.2011-2864.full.pdf+html?sid=1aeed096-d621-45ed-8106-75c6a0ba9a88
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The National Disability and Abuse Project
This is the first national survey of its kind -- one that focuses on  incidents of, response to, and attitudes about, abuse or crime victimization of children /and/ adults with disabilities.  The survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete, gathers information about actual incidents of abuse as well as attitudes regarding the adequacy and effectiveness, or not, of official responses to such victimization.  The methods of this survey are not intended to be scientific. The purpose is to seek input from the public, especially from persons with disabilities or those who interact with them, such as family members, caregivers, service providers, and advocates. We also invite those who investigate or respond to complaints of abuse to take the survey, such as social workers, administrative agencies, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, SANEs and victim assistance program personnel.  The survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete, gathers information about actual incidents of abuse as well as attitudes regarding the adequacy and effectiveness, or not, of official responses to such victimization.  The results will be shared with those who shape public policy and fund abuse-response programs (legislators), those who investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse (law enforcement), those who promote more effective protection and response systems (nonprofit advocacy groups), and most importantly, people with disabilities and their families.  Everyone who takes the survey, and who gives us their email address tomcoleman@disabilityandabuse.org will be notified when the survey results are available.

http://www.disabilityandabuse.org/survey/index.htm
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B.C. adds help for disabled youth - Waits end for those turning 19
British Columbia - Adults with developmental disabilities will no longer have to wait for government help when they turn 19. Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said young people making the transition to adulthood will receive at least $2,800 a year in respite care or another service. "Those are minimum levels," she said. "It will be adjusted for individuals with higher needs." The government said about 750 families would be eligible. In the past, young people receiving services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development were sometimes cut off once they turned 19 and responsibility for their care shifted to Community Living B.C. Cadieux acknowledged people were "hitting a wall" and said, in many cases, the problem stemmed from ministries working in isolation. She said the government is trying to break down those barriers as part of a 12-point plan announced in January, when it committed an extra $40 million to fixing problems at Community Living B.C.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/adds+help+disabled+youth/6605087/story.html#ixzz1usNOEc5E
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Diana Stadden
Advocacy Partnership Project
Call-Text-Email: 253.576.6351 or Diana@arcwa.org