Waiver funding for individuals with special needs was the topic of the most recent program co-presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) and Jewish Residential Services (JRS) as part of the educational series AIM: Support for Families of Individuals with Special Needs.
The presentation “Waiver Funding: Who, What, Where, When, Why?” was held on Monday, February 1st from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Falk Library in Shadyside. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Programs are available in Pennsylvania to provide the necessary supportive services to qualified individuals who wish to remain in their home and/or community.
Featured speakers included Mary Figlar, County Liaison Supervisor, Allegheny County Office of Intellectual Disability, Ken Feda, Program Manager, Diane Cagey, Program Director and Anne Sourwine, Supports Coordinator, from Service Coordination Unlimited, Inc.
Mary Figlar spoke about the application process for waiver services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the speakers from Service Coordination Unlimited, Inc. spoke about waiver programs for individuals with physical disabilities and the autism waiver. For more information on material discussed at the event, the following links may be helpful:
–Allegheny County Department of Human Services (AC DHS)
–AC DHS Office of Intellectual Disability (OID)
–Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training & Resource Center
The next AIM event will be in April 2016, the topic will be “Assertiveness Training and Activism”.
For more information or to be added to the AIM: Support for Families of Individuals with Special Needs mailing list, please contact Alison Karabin, email@example.com.