Archive for 2011
RTD is forced to make service cuts • October 4th, 2011
RTD is forced to make service cuts–it is our responsibility to help make the cuts in the way least damaging to the low income community. RTD has a TON of public meetings where people can give input. These meetings begin within the next week. Their website also lists the proposed changes in detail.
PLEASE read this RTD Proposed Cuts and Hearing Info <http://www.rtd-denver.com/proposedservicechanges-jan2012.shtml>
Also, we recently heard that RTD had determined that over 100 Access A Ride users were no longer eligible. The reason is that they got new mapping software that is more accurate. RTD does not have to provide para-transit
to people who live more than 3/4 of a mile from a fixed route stop. There are some people who were deemed eligible for years and made decisions about things like buying a home, accepting a job, etc., because they thought they would be able to get transportation. There is a current proposal in front of the RTD board that would grandfather the current Access a Ride customers. CCDC supports that approach. We will be sending letters to the RTD Board Members. We encourage you to do the same. The board is at RTD Board
Transportation is essential to us so our involvement is imperative.
Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to Support the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities • October 4th, 2011
The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act is generating new revenue to expand public health insurance coverage to more Coloradans. Among the health care programs included in the Act is expanded coverage to working adults with disabilities through a Medicaid Buy-In Program.
The 2010 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to Support the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities (MIG)- awarded to Colorado by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supports State efforts to build Medicaid infrastructure and enhance employment options for people with disabilities.
How much total funding did we receive?
• Colorado received $L5 million in MIG funding for 2010 and 2011. How will the funds be used?
• Outreach: To help clients, employers, advocates, families, direct service workers, educators and community partners across the state understand the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working Adults with Disabilities as well as available employment suppmts. During the next year, we will host public meetings, employer events, local visits to service providers and regional training conferences.
• Training: To develop customized program trainings for target populations that include persons with disabilities, e1nployers and service providers. Trainings will range from basic to advanced and will be delivered in various formats. Example formats may include training in person, via webinar or on DVD.
• Needs Assessment: To ensure that the Medicaid Buy-In is best suited to Colorado’s needs, the MIG has- and will continue to- fund effmts to gather input from stakeholders statewide through conferences, interviews and surveys. The MIG is also funding a review of the strengths, challenges, and lessons learned in other Buy-In states. The Department will compile, analyze and repmt on all relevant data.
• Steering Committee and Work groups: A steering conunittee and multiple work groups have been established, made up of diverse stakeholders. Together, these groups will advise the Department on MIG effmts to address the development of the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working Adults with Disabilities, employment supports, training, outreach and communication.
• Employment Infrastructure Change for Workers with Disabilities: The MIG will help fund employment systems change and education with the goal of a complete, inclusive and coordinated employment system- including informed benefits planners and robust employment supports information- for people with disabilities.
How can I provide input, join a work group or attend a forum as announced?
• Please contact Kimberley Smith.
CONTACT: Kimberley Smith
HILLS is looking for a CNA or RN • July 18th, 2011
HILLS is looking for a CNA or RN that specifically has experience with g-tube feedings and I was wondering if you would be able to help us spread the word about this work opportunity?
HILLS is a nonprofit that runs vacation trips for people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury and we have 2 specific trips coming up soon that a young man has expressed interest in participating in.
Trip #1 is to Cheyenne Frontier Days July 28-30. This is an overnight trip and we are staying at a hotel in Fort Collins. The nurse is required to stay with us throughout the entirety of the trip.
Trip #2 is to YMCA of the Rockies from August 29-September 1. This is an overnight trip and we will be staying at a cabin at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. Again, the nurse is required to stay with us throughout the entirety of the trip.
The client is male, age 48, with Cerebral Palsy, uses a walker, speech is slightly altered but can communicate. Is fairly independent with personal care needs but just needs help in and out of the shower. He uses a chair in the shower, but if that is not available, he can stand and hold onto shower bar, or take a bath. In the latter two cases he would need more assistance with bathing. He needs roughly 1 hour to get ready in the AM and needs encouragement not to watch TV too late at night. He is g-tube fed 4 times a day, at 7, 12, 4, 8. Three of those times he gets medication through his g-tube as well. No behavior issues, he has traveled with us before and is a pleasure to have. Nurse would be responsible helping with this client and minor assistance with other clients on the trip.
Staff are considered independent contractors and are paid $150/day. If interested, please reply to email@example.com or call (303)875-9149.