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WV Medicaid Seeks Public Comment

The WV Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is seeking public comment for the Second Version of the WV Waiver State-wide Transition Plan for Integrated Settings (wv.gov, link removed). WV BMS HCBS Request for Public Comment Flyer (PDF) Read More > WV Medicaid Seeks Public Comment

RYPAS Board Application

From an email from Ann McDaniel from WVSILC

We are looking for people to apply to fill a vacancy on the RYPAS Board. It must be a person with a disability – and personal experience with personal assistance services is preferred. The board meets monthly usually on the first Tuesday of the month (the day before SILC meetings and SILC Executive Committee meetings). The board reviews applications, funding, and makes policy decisions for the program. The application is attached. Please share with anyone you think might be a good fit to serve on the board. Thank you! Ann Watts McDaniel, Executive Director West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council PO Box 625 5010 C Fairlawn Avenue Institute, WV 25112-0625 304-766-4624 Voice & TTY
RYPAS Board Appliation (DOCX) Read More > RYPAS Board Application

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

From the Social Security Administration:

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar
Ticket to Work: Free Employment Support for Young Adults with a Disability
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need!

The June 22, 2016, national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, frequently asked questions and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults, including:

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

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BMS is Accepting Public Comments on the Personal Care Services Policy Manual

The West Virginia Bureau for Medial Services (BMS) has now posted the Draft Personal Care Services Policy Manual for Public Comment (wv.gov, link removed). Public Comments are to be submitted on the website and will be taken until June 22, 2016.

Read More > BMS is Accepting Public Comments on the Personal Care Services Policy Manual

Summer Activities for Children with Disabilities

The West Virginia Assistive Technology System has compiled a list of Summer Activities for Children with Disabilities (cedwvu.org, link removed).

Read More > Summer Activities for Children with Disabilities

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

From the Social Security Administration:

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need!

Join us on May 25, 2016, for the latest WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, such as:

  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives;
  • Reasonable accommodations for people with a mental illness and how to ask for them; and
  • Some advantages of working that you may not have considered.

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

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Request for Public Comment: WVA’s FY 2017 Priorities and Objectives

West Virginia Advocates is asking for comments from the public on our Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2016 thru September 2017) Priorities and Objectives from May 11, 2016 through June 24, 2016. You may find our current (Fiscal Year 2016) Priorities and Objectives on our website at https://www.drofwv.org/services/po/po-fy16/. Please, provide any comments on our existing priorities and objectives, or suggest new priorities and objectives.

You may submit comments by:

  • Phone: (800) 950–5250
  • Fax: (304) 346–0867
  • E-mail: contact@drofwv.org with a subject line of “FY 2017 P&O Comments”
  • Mail: WV Advocates, 1207 Quarrier St Ste 400, Charleston, WV 25301
  • Message us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/drofwv

Do you have a meeting scheduled?

If you have a meeting scheduled with a group of people who would like to provide public comment, contact Jodi Calissie at (800) 950–5250 and request a member of WVA’s staff to attend your meeting and take your comments. Read More > Request for Public Comment: WVA’s FY 2017 Priorities and Objectives

WVA wants to know about your experience on Election Day.

  • Were you able to get into your polling place?
  • Were the poll workers able to help you?
  • Did you use the polling machine?
  • Did you have any problems when voting, or were unable to vote?

Call WVA at 800-950-5250 if you have any questions about voting.

Read More > WVA wants to know about your experience on Election Day.

The FDA is moving to ban electric shock devices

Did you know that the FDA is moving to ban electric shock devices used on people with developmental disabilities? These devices are currently used by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts to modify the behavior of children with developmental disabilities. A ban by the FDA on the use of these devices would be an important step forward in the protection of the rights of people with disabilities.

The full article written by Michelle Diament in Disability Scoop on April 22, 2016.

Read More > The FDA is moving to ban electric shock devices

WVATS Spring 2016 Newsletter

WVATS Spring 2016 Newsletter (pdf) Read More > WVATS Spring 2016 Newsletter