Testimony Needed on HB 200 TODAY

Please see the notice below regarding HB 200 HD1 relating to the State budget.  The house draft significantly reduces the levels of funding for the DD/ID Medicaid Waiver program which would have tremendous impacts to services for the individuals we support.  We DO NOT want to see reductions across the board as we have experienced in the past.  In order to prevent this from happening we need to be proactive and advocate for appropriate funding levels.  Please take a moment and SUBMIT TESTIMONY TODAY!!!

Info provided by the DD Council regarding impacts of the adjustments is below and the link to the hearing notice is also included.  The link to the hearing notice will provide information on how to submit testimony.

Let’s take this moment to band together and ensure the voices of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are heard.   Let’s educate the legislature on why our services are important and how they impact the individuals and families we serve.

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this effort to ensure the DOH DDD gets the slice of the budget pie that is need to sustain services.

Home and Community Based Services Waiver funding of $2,683,384 for Fiscal Year 2014 and $2,683,384 for Fiscal Year 2015. The House only included $1,500,000 for Fiscal Year 2014 and zero funds for Fiscal Year 2015.

2.      Intermediate Care Facilities funding for $704,504 for both FY 2014 and FY 2015.  The House did not include any funds for both fiscal years.

3.      Fiscal Agent to Process Department of Human Services Claims funding for $290,000 for both FY 2014 and FY 2015.  The House did not include any funds for both fiscal years.

  • Share your story on how the HCBS waiver and/or ICF/ID program impacts your life or others, and if funds and services are reduced, how your life would be affected.  You may also include that without additional funding, current services would be reduced and there would be no more new admissions into the waiver program; homes would be closed for the ICF/ID program.

For information on the hearing, please refer to the notice  posted on the Hawaii State Legislature website at:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/hearingnotices/HEARING_WAM_03-19-13_.HTM

For a description of the measure and instructions on submitting testimony, please refer to the notice.

Warrant Sweep Article in Today’s News

You may have heard or will hear that an ex-employee of Full Life was arrested on a bench warrant from Arizona in Kealakekua on Monday.  Federal Marshals were conducting a “warrant operation” on the Big Island.  Their first arrest was this ex-employee.  He is charged with three counts of sexual assault in Arizona.  He has not been convicted. Full Life staff cooperated fully with the investigation.

Full Life conducted a thorough background check on this employee before he was hired.  No convictions were found.  All state and internal policies and procedures were followed: fingerprinting, criminal history checks, Adult and Child Protective Services checks.  His records show no arrests or convictions.

Full Life never assigns male Direct Support Workers to female participants.

At this point, this young man is being extradited to Arizona.

If you have any questions or concern, please call Stone at 990-4785.

Visioning

It is through our  vision statement that we define our ultimate motivation, our dreams, and our image of a desired future.  A vision statement should be a collaboration effort of the individuals we support, our families, our employees, our board, and our stakeholders.  We invite you to participate in this process.

Vision statements can describe the ideal world or the ideal organization.

Below are some sample Full Life vision statements.  Please join this blog and comment on what you like or don’t like, what words or phrases you believe should be incorporated in the final statement, or create your own statement.

1. Full Life is working toward the vision of a world in which all people are recognized and accepted for their unique strengths and abilities.

2. Full Life is driven by a passionate belief that everyone is entitled to plan their own lives and achieve their dreams.  

3. We envision and work towards an island community where every individual with a developmental disability has the service and supports necessary to realize his or her life goals in the community.

4. People with developmental disabilities are included in their communities and in the social fabric of our island. People with developmental disabilities on Hawai’i Island have the services and supports to

  • Be seen as people first  
  • Achieve their full potential.  

Full Life has a mission statement: Full Life assists in the empowerment of individuals with developmental disabilities enabling them to achieve and enjoy a self-determined quality of life.  We have never had a VISION STATEMENT.  A vision statement is the full life ‘ohana’s “big dream” of our organization.  It tells everyone what the island or the world  will be like when Full Life is 100% successful.

Developmental Disabilities Day at the Capitol March 24th!

Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities presents A DAY AT THE CAPITOL.   Meet with and talk to legislators about developmental disability issues that affect you and your family.   There are scholarships for Neighbor Island residents.  Click on the links for the flyer and registrations forms.

Day at the Capitol Flyer

Day at the Capitol Registration