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Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Recommendations for ReDeisgn of Waiver from Family Care Council Florida

Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) consists of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our goal is to educate all Floridians and empower these individuals. We want to ensure the health and safety of those eligible for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) iBudget Florida Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver. Here are our recommendations regarding the redesign of the current waiver: (1) We recommend not moving to managed care. Managed care could take up to 20% of the allotted waiver budget and there is no guarantee that a knowledgeable developmental disabilities workforce will be hired to support these individuals. (2) We recommend training for Waiver Support Coordinators (WCS) and that they remain as such and not Case Managers. WSC know their individuals and can advocate for them. There is no advocacy in case management. (3) We recommend that the focus of the waiver be person centered. A person's individualized services should take priority because one size does not fit all. (4) We recommend that a 24-hour Mobile Crisis Team be implemented in order to reduce the overall costs of Extensive Intensive Behavior (EIB) group homes. This would offer crisis stabilization while allowing individuals to live in the least restrictive environment. (5) We recommend that cost containment of the waiver redesign not hamper the health and safety of the individuals currently receiving services. Our individuals will not benefit from limited or reduced services.

Next Meeting

September 2019 Council Meeting

Fri, Aug 09, 2019

Our September Council Meeting will be held on Thursday September 19 and will focus on How to Develop a Relationship with Legislators. Buzz Ritchie, former Florida House Representative, will provide valuable insight.

Our Council Meetings are held at The ARC Gateway located at 1000 E. Fairfield Drive in Pensacola. Start time is 5:30 p.m.

To review past council minutes, click here.

To review the budget, bylaws and support plan, click here.

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