The Arc & Sprout Film Festival Radio Interview

The Arc & Sprout Film Festival Radio Interview

The Arc of Arizona’s Executive Director, Jon Meyers, was interviewed about the upcoming The Arc & Sprout Film Festival for the “Valley Views” segment on local iHeartRadio stations across the Valley! You can listen to the interview below:

KPHX 1480 Wings for Autism Interview

KPHX 1480 Wings for Autism Interview

The Arc of Arizona Executive Director, Jon Meyers was recently interviewed on KPHX 1480 talk radio about the upcoming Wings for Autism event. You can hear the interview here:

Looking for Technology for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?

Looking for Technology for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?

The need for a service that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) access technology has long been apparent and The Arc decided to step in to help centralize resources in this field. Through a partnership with the Comcast Foundation, The Arc was able to create the Tech Toolbox. Staff from across The Arc’s chapter network came together to design a one-stop-shop, peer- reviewed directory of technology products that are effective for people with I/DD. Through this directory, chapter staff, people with I/DD, and the general public can find, review, and post examples of technology tools that work well for them. There are already over 500 apps and devices in Tech Toolbox, and the list will continue to grow with your input! Tech Toolbox is supported by a grant from the Comcast Foundation

Support The Arc of Arizona when you buy groceries at Fry’s Food Stores!

Support The Arc of Arizona when you buy groceries at Fry’s Food Stores!

When you shop at Fry’s Food Stores for your regular groceries, you could be supporting the work of The Arc of Arizona! It takes a minute to enroll in the Fry’s Community Rewards Program and assign The Arc of Arizona as your designated nonprofit to receive a percentage of each purchase. To enroll simply follow these instructions (if you previously enrolled The Arc of Arizona as your choice nonprofit, you MUST re-enroll as of August 1, 2015):

  1. Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
  2. Click on ‘Sign-In’.
  3. Enter your email and password, click on ‘sign in’.
  4. Click on your name (top right hand corner), under ‘Account Summary’ scroll down to “Community Rewards”.
  5. Click on ‘Edit’ under Community Rewards. 
  6. Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number or name of organization then select ‘search’. (You can get the NPO number from your organization.)
  7. Under ‘Select Your Organization’, click on the circle next to your organization.
  8. Click on ‘Enroll’

 

If you have re-enrolled correctly, you should see a green box with ‘Your enrollment in the Community Rewards Program has been updated. Thank you for participating!’ You will also see the information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

iHeart Radio Wings for Autism Interview

iHeart Radio Wings for Autism Interview

The Arc of Arizona’s Executive Director, Jon Meyers, was recently interviewed by iHeart Radio about the upcoming Wings for Autism event on September 26th. To learn more about Wings for Autism, including registration information, click here. You can listen to the interview below:

 

HCBS Community Forums

HCBS Community Forums

Let your voice be heard as the State of Arizona finalizes its plan for compliance with new CMS rules regarding Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for individuals. Community forums will be held across the state during August. More information available by clicking here.

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Background
On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules regarding requirements for home and community based services (HCBS) operated under section 1915 of the Social Security Act. The rules mandate certain requirements for alternative residential or community settings where Medicaid beneficiaries receive long term care services and supports. Specifically, the rules establish requirements for settings to ensure that individuals receiving services are integrated into their communities and have full access to the benefits of community living.

While the AHCCCS HCBS program is operated under section 1115 of the Act, CMS is requiring compliance with those regulations for all long-term care home and community based settings. To that end, AHCCCS has established a plan for meeting those standards on a timeline consistent with its 1115 Waiver renewal submission (effective October 2016). In Arizona, these requirements impact the residential placements (e.g. assisted living homes, assisted living centers, group homes, etc.) for members enrolled in the Arizona Long Term Care Services (ALTCS) program. The new rules also impact programs (adult day health, day treatment and training, center-based employment and group supported employment) where ALTCS members receive services during the day.

Arizona’s Systemic Assessment and Transition Plan:
AHCCCS conducted a preliminary assessment of Arizona’s HCBS settings to determine its level of compliance, provide recommendations for identified variances, and outline a process for continuous monitoring. The assessment process included a review of statutes, rules, policies and contract language.

AHCCCS will publish its draft assessment of Arizona’s HCBS settings and the draft transition plan to seek public comment on or before August 1, 2015.  The public comment period will be for the month of August (August 1 – 31, 2015). AHCCCS will host a round of public forums throughout the state. As part of the public comment period, AHCCCS will disseminate surveys to randomly selected members and providers to further assess a baseline of the state’s assessment and how the rules might currently be employed in practice.  The survey responses will be anonymous.

After consideration of public comment, AHCCCS will submit its final assessment and transition plan to CMS for approval.   AHCCCS will have 5 years to come into compliance with the rules under the Transition Plan.  During the 5-year transition period, AHCCCS will work with a variety of stakeholders to implement the plan. Additionally, AHCCCS will be working collaboratively with the MCOs to ensure providers are adequately oriented and trained on their respective roles and responsibilities in ensuring members have full access to the benefits of community living.

For more information on the Home and Community-Based Setting Rules and the requirements for State Medicaid Programs, please visit http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Supports/Home-and-Community-Based-Services/Home-and-Community-Based-Services.html

For more information on Arizona’s compliance with the Home and Community-Based Setting Rules and the requirements for State Medicaid Programs, please visit www.azahcccs.gov/hcbs

Wings for Autism® returns to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday, September 26th!

Wings for Autism® returns to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday, September 26th!

The Arc of Arizona is bringing Wings for Autism® back to Sky Harbor in Fall 2015 — and registration is now open! This national program of The Arc offers young people with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), and their families, a unique “airport rehearsal” designed to ease the uncertainties and discomfort they may feel when traveling by airplane.By simulating each step of a real-life airport process –- parking, check-in and ticketing, TSA security checks, boarding, safety announcements and even taxiing around the runways (everything except actually leaving the ground!) –- Wings for Autism allows participants to understand the airport and airplane experience in a low-stress, customized environment. This experience can make traveling by air a smoother and less overwhelming event for families in the future.

The Arc of Arizona and our airport partners – American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Transportation Security Administration and Sky Harbor – invite you or those you care for to take part in this no-cost, family-friendly event. 
Interested in attending? Sign up today!
Interested in volunteering? Sign up today! 

Please note: A maximum of four (4) attendees may register from each family. 

Additional information about Wings for Autism® and a registration page can be found at www.arcarizona.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience — jon@arcarizona.org or (602) 290-1632.

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