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Forums focus on changes to disability programs

Apr 9, 2013 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Department of Health is planning a robust series of discussions about changes coming to programs offered for state residents with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

A public forum will be 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 in the Wind River Room of the Intertribal Center at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton.

Currently, WDH provides services through an "Adult Developmental Disabilities Waiver," a "Child Developmental Disabilities Waiver" and an "Acquired Brain Injury Waiver" using a combination of state and federal Wyoming Medicaid dollars.

A law approved by the Wyoming Legislature and the governor earlier this year called for a redesign of current programs. Two new waivers are being developed: a capped "Supports Waiver" and a "Comprehensive Waiver." Current waiver participants will be transitioned to the new waivers between January 2014 and July 2015.

Chris Newman, Behavioral Health Division senior administrator with WDH, announced a series of public forums, which are being offered together with the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, to discuss the waiver redesign effort.

"We realize many people may have questions about the planned changes," Newman said. "We want to talk with current waiver participants and their families, as well as people on the waiting lists, about the new waivers' design and gather input on services and preferences."

More information and updates on the waiver redesign project are available online at http://www.health.wyo.gov/DDD/index.html. Residents may also offer input through an online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BHDWaiverRedesignSurvey or by sending an email to bhdmail@wyo.gov.

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