News affecting Individuals CURRENTLY on IDD Waivers

News affecting Individuals CURRENTLY on IDD Waivers Dear families,

As you know Alaska is in an economic downturn and legislators are facing tough decisions in developing the budget. There are conversations occurring in the House and Senate proposing cuts to the amount of service hours provided to Developmentally and Intellectually Delayed Individuals on IDD Waivers. 

One of the proposals that is most concerning is limiting the number of hours of Individual/Group Day Habilitation. These are the “out of the house” hours of your Plan of Care. The proposal would reduce the Day Hab to a maximum of 8 or 12 hours.  Almost all the individuals we serve here at FOCUS have more than 12 hours of Individual/Group Day Hab a week in their plans. No decisions have been made yet.

However, many are speaking up against limiting Day Habilitation hours. We wanted you to be aware of this situation now in the event that the final budget does include reductions to hours that can be in your family member’s plan of care.  At this point the legislators are only focused on costs of services, not implementation of the “how” any of this would play out.

This is a good time to make contact with your legislators about how cuts on Day Habilitation will affect your family. There is power in families and individuals sharing their experiences and stories with the role Day Habilitation plays in their lives.

At this time, we do not have any other specific information to share with you but you can expect to hear updates from us and others as this unfolds.

(P.S. This should not affect summer camp this year)

Diane