Florida APD: IBudgets To Roll-Out in Areas 1 & 2

For Immediate Release: Contact:

January 31, 2012 Melanie Mowry Etters
Communication Director
850‐488‐4257
APD to Implement iBudget Formula
TALLAHASSEE — The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is announcing that it will
implement the final component of the iBudget Florida program for its customers in Northwest Florida
and the Big Bend area by April 1.
iBudget Florida is a new way to deliver Medicaid waiver services that has been approved by both
the Florida Legislature and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It provides
Floridians with developmental disabilities in the Medicaid waiver program more flexibility in choosing
their services.
The April 1 transition will include APD customers living in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton,
Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington, Holmes, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Liberty, Madison,
Taylor, and Jefferson counties, which comprise APD's areas 1 and 2.
APD customers in areas 1 and 2 have been using the iBudget Florida program since October 2011.
Customers in other areas of the state will be enrolled into the program later this year. An enrollment
schedule will be announced soon.
iBudget Florida is designed to make the funding process fair and equitable for all Medicaid waiver
customers. Waiver support coordinators will assist customers and their families in managing service
approvals and other aspects of the program using an online Web‐based system.
APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism,
cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader‐Willi syndrome. For
more information on this program and the agency, visit iBudgetFlorida.org and APDcares.org or call tollfree
1‐866‐APD‐CARES (1‐866‐273‐2273).


					

Community Services At Risk In Florida: Senate Bill 1516

Are you concerned about loosing community services for individuals with disabilities?

Senate Bill 1516 will have a hearing that will be held today at 3:30 p.m. by Senator Storms’ Committee.  This bill amends the DD Act.  For more information, you may go to the Florida ARF website, www.floridaarf.org,  grassroots page and click on the grassroots summary document on Saving DD Services.

 http://www.floridaarf.org/vendorimages/farf/saveddservices.pdf

 

 

 

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FDDC: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE iBUDGET?

Contact Your Legislator

Go To FDDC Website for a review of the iBudget and  to send your feedback to your Legislator

http://www.ffddnews.com/contact-your-legislator.php

Significant budget cuts to the developmentally disabled will be made with the implementation of the iBudget.

YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY DECEMBER 16TH TO RESPOND

Florida APD IBudget Hearing

APD to Hold iBudget Meeting
TALLAHASSEE — Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will host an iBudget Florida public meeting on Friday, December 9, from 1‐4 p.m. in Tallahassee. The meeting will be held at the APD Central Office, 4030 Esplanade Way, in Conference Room 301. The phone number to call in for the meeting is 1‐888‐808‐6959, Code: 4146582.This number is listen only; however, public comment may be submitted through the ibudgetflorida.org website by clicking on Contact Us.

iBudget Florida was approved by the 2010 Legislature as the new direction for delivering services to people through APD’s Medicaid waiver. The primary topic of the meeting will be the way annual funding for services is determined for each customer.

iBudget Florida is designed to make the funding process fair and equitable for all Medicaid waiver customers. It will provide more opportunities for customers to direct their own care. The new system will also allow the agency to have more budget control and financial predictability.

Some of the customer benefits of iBudget are:

∙ Greater ability to choose services that matter to them, given their unique situations.
∙ Greater flexibility for customers to respond to changing needs.
∙ Reduced bureaucracy and “red tape.”
∙ Support coordinators freed to focus on providing help that makes a real difference.
∙ Confidence that similarly situated customers are treated in a consistent and similar manner.
∙ Reduced likelihood of policy changes that cause significant disruption due to budget deficits.
∙ Security of a financially stable system that will be there to serve customers down the road.
∙ Greater control over their lives.

APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader‐Willi syndrome. For more information on the agency, call 1‐866‐APD‐CARES or visit APDcares.org.

The Florida APD IBudget and CCR-Central Customer Record is on Hold!

Barbara PalmerBarbara Palmer, new APD Chief of Staff has been assigned the IBudget and CCR initiatives.  She has assembled a Workgroup to evaluate these two critical Statewide Initiatives that have been riddled with problems and to make recommendations to APD Director, Mike Hansen.  In addition to the Workgroup’s evaluation, APD has contracted with North Highland, a national consulting group for assistance. http://www.northhighland.com

ACTION IS NEEDED TO AVOID CUTS TO DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED FOR THE COMING YEAR!

The following is an excerpt from the FFDDnews.com website at:

Visit the link to email your Florida Legislators!
http://www.ffddnews.com/contact-your-legislator.php

THE LEGISLATURE IS CURRENTLY IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR 2011-12 FUNDING.

The House and Senate are working on the budget now and can not agree on funding of the “Resources to Address Waiver Deficit” funding.
The House has added an additional $110,376,456 to cover those currently receiving services under the DD waiver for next fiscal year, the Senate has not added this additional funding.

We must encourage the Legislative Leadership to adopt the House position.

Since the issue was not resolved at the committee level, it was bumped up to Rep. Denise Grimsley and Sen. JD Alexander, Appropriations Chairs.
From there it will go to the House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos.
PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO EMAIL LEADERSHIP (Below)
Encourage them to ADOPT THE HOUSE POSITION FOR DD FUNDING!!

Thank you for your advocacy and for taking action. It really does make a difference!

Susan Goldstein

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