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Webinars and Workshops

Webinar: Medicaid Consumer-Directed Assistant Change

Thursday, May 12 at noon

  The Virginia General Assembly has adopted a final state budget,
  which eliminates all overtime for Medicaid consumer-directed
  assistants. Medicaid consumer-directed assistants will be allowed to
  work up to 40 hours a week. This change is effective July 1. 
  Medicaid live-in consumer-directed assistants will be allowed to
  continue working more than 40 hours (they have not been eligible for
  overtime since DMAS started paying overtime in January). 
  The Endependence Center is working with the Virginia Association of
  Centers for Independent Living to find an advocacy solution for this
  new cap on hours an assistant can work. A webinar to discuss the
  next steps will be held. Registration is required for the webinar:

Transition:  School and Community Resources

May 12, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Parent Resource Center
369 Battlefield Blvd S, Chesapeake
  Cheryl Ward from Endependence Center, Inc., (ECI) will conduct this


  This workshop will provide information regarding transition services
  that are available in school and in our community to help students
  prepare for life after their education is completed. 


  To RSVP for the workshop you may call 482-5923 or

 Webinars: Redesign of the DD and ID Waivers

  The Endependence Center has arranged for two webinars about
  redesign of the DD, Day Support, and ID Waivers. Dawn Traver,
  Director of Waiver Operations with DBHDS will present the webinars.
  Registration is required for these webinars
Impact on Waiting List Process
Friday, May 13, 12noon-12:45pm

  Topics that will be covered:

  • Screening Process Update;

  • Combining DD, Day Support and ID Waiver Waiting Lists;

  • Priority Setting Process; and

  • Process to Assign New Waiver Slots.

Transition:  School and Community Resources

May 16, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chesapeake Central Library
298 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake
  Cheryl Ward from Endependence Center, Inc., (ECI) will conduct this


  This workshop will provide information regarding transition services
  that are available in school and in our community to help students
  prepare for life after their education is completed. 


  To RSVP for the workshop call Cheryl Ward, 351-1585 or 

Changes to Planning and Services
Wednesday, May 18, 12noon-1:15pm

   Topics that will be covered:

  • Waiver Redesign Changes and Opportunities;

  • Role of SIS Assessment;

  • Support coordination/case management;

  • New Services; and

  • Transfers between Waivers.


  ECI will host a summer series of workshops to provide useful
  information to youth with disabilities.  The focus will be to help
  students and their parents prepare for life after school and how to be
  successful in our community. 
  All workshops will be held at ECI on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm on
  the following dates and topic:
  • June 16 - Transition Goals and Services

  • June 23 - Planning for Independence

  • June 30 - Housing and Transportation

  • July 14 - Social Security Employment Benefits

  • July 21 - Medicaid Waivers-New Changes

Summer Internshipstext interns wanted

      The Endependence Center has five internships available
     over the upcoming summer for students with disabilities.
     These intern positions are unpaid and onsite at ECI.
     Four internships are specifically for students that are
     Chesapeake residents that attend either Chesapeake Public
     Schools or colleges. The other internship is specifically
     for a Norfolk student who resides in Norfolk. They are
     specifically for students under the age of 26.  They are for a
     two-week period between the dates of June 1 to July 31,
     chosen by the interns. The interns will be expected to work
     16-20 hours per week, approximately four hours per day.
     We can provide paratransit tickets if the chosen interns are
     eligible to use that system. No other transportation will be
     provided.  Please have interested students contact Cheryl Ward,
     757-351-1585 or for a copy of the
     application or download the application that must be submitted
     by those students that are interested in applying for an
     internship or if you have any questions. Application deadline is
     May 5, 2016.

General Assembly Update


 Budget language requiring a workgroup to assess barriers to educating students with disabilities in local schools.

 House Bill 389 establishes one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts for certain education-related expenses at a private school.

  House Bill 842 adds requirements for professional development in dyslexia and the methods of teaching students who are dyslexic.

 House Bill 1213 provides that when a minor is prosecuted for willfully disrupting the operation of any school or school-sponsored activity, the minor may present as evidence relevant to whether he acted willfully reports from health care providers or documents that are part of certain educational plans or behavioral assessments.


 Eliminate all overtime for consumer-directed attendants and limit attendants to working no more than 40 hours a week. Currently live-in attendants would not be impacted by this change. (Centers for Independent Living are continuing to work this issue. If you want to be involved in this advocacy, please send an email message to

 200 DD Waiver slots for people with the lowest waiting numbers on the DD Waiver waiting list. An additional 115 DD Waiver slots were funded (unclear if the 115 slots will go to people on the current DD Waiver waiting list or used for the new DD/ID waiting list that will be formed this summer).

 250 DD and ID Waiver slots for people who are trying to leave nursing facilities and other institutions with a program called Money Follows the Person.

 40 DD/ID Waiver reserved slots for people in emergency situations, people wanting to transition between newly redesigned DD/ID Waivers, and people transitioning from institutions.

 855 DD/ID Waiver slots (415 in 2016 and 440 in 2017).

 11% provider rate increase for private duty nursing in the Tech Waiver and ESPDT.

 2% provider rate increase for personal care, respite and companion supports (both agency and consumer-directed).

 5.4% average provider rate increases for most services in the Day Support, DD, and ID Waivers.

 FAMIS will cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) services.

Other Issues

 House Bill 342 provides that a person who has a guardian has the right of communication with other persons with whom the incapacitated person has expressed a desire to communicate.

 House Bill 1103 excludes ABLE savings trust accounts from determination of state means-tested assistance and benefits.

  Senate Bill 363 establishes a penalty for fraudulent representation of a service dog.

 Funds for Centers for Independent Living to provide transition services to people leaving institutions, people trying to avoid institutionalization and youth who have left high school.

 Funds to expand long term supported employment services for people with significant disabilities.

  Funds to expand services to people with brain injury.

  Funds for an additional 493 people to receive public guardianship.

Medicaid Consumer-Directed Overtime and 40 Hour Limit

In 2013, the federal Department of Labor changed federal regulations related to personal care attendants. Before then, attendants were exempt from certain federal Fair Labor Standards including the payment of overtime. The 2013 federal regulations require overtime be paid to most attendants working more than 40 hours in a workweek. There is an exemption for live-in aides who can continue working more than 40 hours a week and not be entitled to overtime. This exemption for live-in aides could also end depending on other actions of the courts or the General Assembly.

The regulations were contested in court with the final ruling last summer requiring overtime. In Virginia, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) began paying overtime for Medicaid-funded consumer-directed services if the attendant worked more than 40 hours in a week. The Virginia General Assembly has adopted a budget that would eliminate all overtime and no longer allow Medicaid consumer-directed attendants to work more than 40 hours in a workweek effective July 1. The Endependence Center knows how difficult this change will be and we continue to work for a better solution to address the federal overtime requirements. The General Assembly will reconvene on April 20 to address any vetoes from the Governor. If you are interested in this issue, please contact your Coordinator at the Endependence Center or send an email message to

Medicaid Day Support, DD, and ID Waiver Redesign

The Commonwealth of Virginia is in the process of redesigning the Day Support, DD, and ID Waivers. New services will be available. Prevocational services will be eliminated; you can add another service in place of prevocational. There will be additional assessment and meeting requirements. The current DD Waiver waiting list will be eliminated and the 2,290 people now on the DD Waiver waiting list will be combined with the 8,167 people on the ID Waiver waiting list. The DD Waiver waiting list numbers will be eliminated. Your DD case manager at the Endependence Center can meet with you individually to explain the proposed changes. The Endependence Center will hold workshops on the redesigned Waivers this summer after the changes are approved by the federal government. We expect that the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will conduct local workshops this spring. Their workshop schedule was not available when this newsletter was finished. T

"Opening Doors To Opportunities With The Disability Community"

What is Independent Living?

   What is Independent Living?  Essentially, it is living just like
   everyone else having opportunities to make decisions that
   affect one’s life, able to pursue activities of one’s own
   choosing—limited only in the same ways that one’s non-
   disabled neighbors are limited. 
   Independent Living should not be defined in terms of living on
   one’s own, being employed in a job fitting one’s capabilities
   and interests, or having an active social life.  These are
   aspects of living independently.  Independent Living has to do
   with self-determination.  It is having the right and the
   opportunity to pursue a course of action.  And, it is having the
   freedom to fail—and to learn from one’s failures, just as non-
   disabled people do.
    To access information on upcoming events, click here.
    To sign up or request accommodations, contact Rena Lewis at
     351-1578 Voice, 461-7527 TDD or email at
     A recording of upcoming events and those canceled can be
     accessed by calling 461-8007 and selecting Option 4 and continuing
     to listen for further options.

Items Of Interest

PRHA Section 8
process for
May 2016 only

Appointments are available for meeting with dLCV on June 16.
Call Rena at 351-1578 to schedule.

2015 Annual Meeting
held 11/19/15

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Justice Department
The Justice Department
announced a settlement
was reached in a
lawsuit over alleged
ADA violations
against students with
disabilities by Nobel
Learning Communities,
Inc. private schools.
To review the settlement,

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scheduled by
calling 461-8007.
For more information,

Virginia Easy Access
"No Wrong Door"
initiative launches
Easy Access".
For more information,

Money Follows
the Person (MFP)
Virginia launches website
describing community
living choice project for
seniors and individuals
with disabilities.
For more information,
click here

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Disabilities Act
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