Kathleen Springhorn's Blog (7)

Federal Regulations appear to allow workshop services.

5. Question: Do the regulations prohibit individuals from receiving pre-vocational services in a facility-based setting such as a sheltered workshop?

Answer: No. The federal regulations require that all HCB settings must support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid HCBS to the greater community, including facilitating opportunities to seek employment in competitive settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the…

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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on March 9, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Responses from Rep Ryan and Sen Baldwin

I received a letter from Rep Ryan documenting the CMS guidance to States. I also received a phone call from Senator Baldwin's office to check if I needed further assistance. 

Are we assured that the workshops are safe? The Medicaid regulations are broad. 

We seemed to have moved on to the IRIS budget battle. Disability Rights Wisconsin seems to be advocating against the budget changes.

My question is : Are the workshops safe?

Kathy Springhorn

Added by Kathleen Springhorn on March 9, 2015 at 11:58am — No Comments

Workshop closing. Shared on Facebook by Disability Rights Wisconsin

Wausau workshop for disabled workers to shut down

Bob Dohr, Gannett Wisconsin Media     11:02 a.m. CST January 1, 2015…



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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on January 5, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Short letter in response to December 29, 2014 DHS Comment Period

My comments to the Department of Health Services and elected representatives

Thank you for inviting my comments regarding the Home and Community-based Settings Statewide Transition Plan as requested by the Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Human Services.

 

My son Greg Springhorn attends Vocational Industries in Elkhorn, WI. The workshop is a vital part of Greg’s “person centered approach” for meeting his needs. He is safe and successful in the workshop…

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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on December 15, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Letter to Beth Swedeen

December 1, 2014

Beth Swedeen

Executive Director

Wisconsin Board for People

With Developmental Disabilities

Dear Ms. Swedeen,

I am in receipt of your letter dated November 19, 2014. I have several questions for you after reading through the materials you enclosed.

First, the letter states that BPDD (Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities) “does not have a role in implementing the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)…

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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on December 1, 2014 at 4:37pm — 4 Comments

DHS update-What does it mean???

Update (August 15, 2014) The purpose of this message is to notify interested stakeholders of an error in the Family Care stakeholder briefing materials sent on July 30, 2014. The Department is correcting the statement “subminimum wage agreements would no longer be permissible” for prevocational services (page 6 of the Summary of Significant Revisions to Existing 1915(c) Waiver Services, #2 Prevocational Services). There is no prohibition on the use of subminimum wage agreements in the…

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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on August 26, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Open letter submitted to major Wisconsin publications and Governor's office

August 13, 2014

Dear Governor Walker,

 

We are writing to protest the Department of Human Services proposed changes to Medicaid services in home and community based settings. We want the full array of employment and residential services to be kept intact. Facility based vocational services must be protected!  The proposed changes relate to Family Care 1915(b) and 1915(c) HCBS waivers in Wisconsin.

 

The DHS plan is incomplete because CMS hasn't provided…

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Added by Kathleen Springhorn on August 13, 2014 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

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