Resources, Forms, and Applications (AT)

Resources, Forms, and Applications

 Kentucky Resources

  • KY Cares http://kycares.ky.gov
  • Portal to all Kentucky government organizations in alphabetical order http://kentucky.gov/Portal/OrgList.aspx
  • Summary of Services for Youth with Special Health Care Needs (link to document)
  • University of Kentucky Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute’s Resource Manual for Persons with Disabilities, their Families and Service Providers in Kentucky http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/kydrm
  • University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging http://www.mc.uky.edu/coa

National Resources

EMPLOYMENT

  • Benefits Counseling for a Brighter Future.  The Virginia MIG grantees have developed this resource guide for transition practitioners. The manual explains Benefits Counseling and how it serves as a valuable resource for students, parents/guardians, and families to get help in optimizing needed benefits and begin planning toward a future that includes employment, earnings, self-sufficiency, and SSA benefits, if needed.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1992
  • Employer Resource Networks Presentation.  The South Dakota MIG grantees have developed this short overview of Employer Resource Networks (ERNs). The presentation is shown to prospective ERN groups and answers questions about how an ERN can address labor issues in the community and create partnerships.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1993
  • Employment Liaison Resource Manual.  The purpose of this manual is to provide an overview of information and referral sources available to the Employment Liaison, individuals with disabilities, and student services staff at post-secondary schools. Resources in the manual reference both National resources and those specific to job seekers in Wisconsin. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1989
  • Gateways: West Virginia’s Comprehensive Employment System Overview.  The West Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) is transitioning to Comprehensive Employment Strategies (CES) Grant. The CES grant has 3 major goals: maximizing employment for people with disabilities, increasing the state’s labor force through the inclusion of people with disabilities, protecting and enhancing workers’ health care, other benefits and needed supports. Review the presentation and overview of their strategic plan including a comprehensive workforce infrastructure. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1991
  • Pennsylvania Employment Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities.  The Pennsylvania MIG project developed the Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program in order to promote employment among those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits. WIPA produced the following newsletter entitled “Employment Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities”, which sought to succinctly list services available to individuals with disabilities who wish to work. Some of these resources include Family Savings Accounts and information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1980
  • Rhode Island’s Social Security Work Incentive Programs 1619 (a) and 1619 (b) Issue Brief.  The Rhode Island MIG project produced an issue brief, which outlined the State’s utilization of 1619(a) and 1619(b) waivers, their effect on disabled workers, the barriers these waivers present, and recommendations for eliminating barriers and other best practices. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1981

HEALTH CARE POLICY

  • An Analysis of Leading Congressional Health Care Bills, 2005-2007: Part II, Quality and Efficiency.  A new Commonwealth Fund report finds that proposals targeting reform of the payment structure for health care services are likely to lead to real improvements in quality and figure to be the most likely to produce health system savings. But none of the analyzed bills presents an overarching vision for the U.S. health system. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=511249&#doc511249
  • How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources.  A Commonwealth Fund manual that offers guidance for creating or enhancing a system to connect children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems with community resources. The manual is based on Connecticut’s Help Me Grow program, which aids families and providers in identifying developmental concerns in children up to age 8, establishing an inventory of appropriate resources, and connecting with programs and services. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=462069
  • Louisiana’s Plan For Immediate Action: Providing Long-Term Care Choices For the Elderly and People with Disabilities.  This plan describes fundamental changes that states have implemented and found effective in controlling the public costs of long-term care while insuring that people receive quality services of the type, and in the settings, that they choose. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1984
  • State Approaches to Consumer Direction in Medicaid.  This issue brief, developed through a national survey of Medicaid agencies, summarizes how states are incorporating a variety of consumer directed strategies to help beneficiaries use health care dollars more efficiently.   http://www.chcs.org/usr_doc/State_Approaches_to_Consumer_Direction.pdf

HOUSING

  • Assessing the Barriers to Community Living: Accessible Housing in a Rural State.  This statewide community-based participatory action research study was conducted to identify opportunities and barriers for persons with disabilities in obtaining accessible, affordable housing in West Virginia. Using surveys and a facilitated group technique, persons with disabilities identified existing barriers and developed a set of questions for housing industry professionals.   http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1987
  • Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities.  This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home. http://www.mortgageloan.com/disabilities
  • Housing Teleconference – June 2007: Think Tank Call of Integrated Long-term Care Coordinated with Supportive Housing Grantees.  For over a decade, Pennsylvania’s Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has been developing products and supports that address the needs of people with disabilities of all ages. Listen as they discuss rental housing initiatives, developments in tenant-based rental assistance, and home ownership. Representatives discussed cutting edge approaches and unique responses to the challenges of working to build inclusive communities, while steadily improving the state level partnerships and leveraging resources.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1979

PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

  • A Practical Guide for Improving Child Developmental Services .  A Commonwealth Fund manual that was created to help pediatric practices redesign their office systems to improve the quality of preventive and developmental services. The resources-which include checklists, surveys, bibliographies, and more-were developed and tested in the Healthy Development Learning Collaborative, a year-long quality improvement initiative in which primary care practices in Vermont and North Carolina used improved office systems to engage families in efforts to promote positive developmental outcomes.   http://www.commonwealthfund.org/innovations/innovations_show.htm?doc_id=372065
  • 14. Parental Depression Screening for Pediatric Clinicians: An Implementation Manual .  A Commonwealth Fund manual that was designed to guide health providers in conducting routine screening for parental depression and referring parents to counseling services. The manual is based on the findings of the Dartmouth Parental Well-Being Project, which tested practical approaches over a six-month period with more than 9,000 parents.    http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=461988

SELF DETERMINATION

  • Community Access to Services & Supports- Final Report.  One of two mini-projects aimed at engaging Medicaid-eligible consumers in an experiment with options of self-direction, the purpose of Community Access was to test creative methods that increase the opportunity of children and adults with disabilities to exercise self-determination. The project met the three objectives of supporting at least 12 individuals, develop a community advisor model to identify core competencies, and to identify barriers to full responses for requested services.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1995
  • From Here to There…The Self-Advocacy Handbook.  This unique and innovative handbook is a guide for educators, providers, support people and/or family members to use as they work closely with youth and adults with significant disabilities, mentoring them as they develop and practice self-advocacy skills that will promote the highest level of independence and success in life activities.   http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1986
  • Otro Puente (Another Bridge): Final Project Report.  Otro Puente was a demonstration project conducted as part of the Massachusetts C-PASS grant. The purpose was to prepare, support and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to increase access to and control of Personal Assistance Services and Supports (PASS), and to identify barriers to consumer self-direction. Otro Puente examined the successes and challenges of participants from Latino cultural backgrounds, most were persons with cognitive challenges. http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1996
  • Personal Assistance Services for Individuals with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities: Training Curriculum. This curriculum to train personal assistants has two elements: a competency or skill development component and a didactic or knowledge development component. The skill development components include Connecting, Coaching, Collaboration, and Managing Crises. The knowledge development component is a web-bases curriculum entitled Personal Assistance Services for Individuals with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities.   http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1985
  • Real Choice Consumer Work Group – A Compilation of Consumer Position Papers.  These position papers completed by a work group result from the Real Choice Consumer Work Group’s determination to improve the lives of people with disabilities in West Virginia and to contribute to their own recommendations and strategies on major issues. This compilation of papers address: Waiting Lists; Strengthening Personal Assistance Programs in West Virginia; and Expanding the Horizons of Employment Options for West Virginians with Disabilities.   http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1988
  • Recommendations for Achieving System-Wide, Sustainable Self-Determination and Self-Direction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This policy development paper was written as part of the C-PASS demonstration project. The paper offers an overview and definition of self-determination plus three overall recommendations that are critical to making self-direction a reality. The challenge of moving self-direction from a relatively small scale to the foundation upon which all services to people with disabilities and older persons are built remains but the MASS-CPASS initiative, along with others, will help create that path.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1994
  • Self-Direction Employer Handbook.  This handbook is designed to assist individuals in Louisiana that choose to participate in self-direction. The book helps train people to understand when they choose self-direction for service delivery, they choose to hire, employ, and manage your own direct service workers. The handbook also offers ideas on how to become an employer including ways to recruit, interview and determine employee benefits.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1983
  • Self-Direction Orientation: Presentation.  What do people considering enrolling in a self-directed program need to consider? This presentation describes many of the considerations in detail for those living in Louisiana. The New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) is the service delivery option offered by the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The slides offer an overview of key components and responsibilities of self-direction.  http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/nb/doc/1982

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