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Welcome to About Special Kids! We are the place for families and professionals in Indiana to go to “ASK” questions about children with special needs and to access information and resources about a variety of topics such as health insurance, special education, community resources and medical homes. ASK is your connection to family support in the state of Indiana!

Caregiver Support Services - Applications Now Available

Information From: Julie Reynolds, Director, BDDS

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) would like to announce that Caregiver Support Services funds will be available for the fiscal year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014. The Caregiver Support Services is 100 percent state funded and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received during fiscal year 2014 for Caregiver Support Services do not carry over to fiscal year 2015. An application must be completed for each fiscal year’s Caregiver Support Services funds.

Applications may be made online, by mail or in-person. Click here apply online.  To apply by mail or in-person, please call or visit your local BDDS District Office and request an application. A frequently asked question document is also available on the BDDS webpage.

As long as the Caregiver Support Services funds are available, services may be approved and available when

1) an individual meets the state definition of intellectual and developmental disabilities eligibility and

2) the primary caregiver selects a provider.

Caregiver Support Services will not be available to the primary caregiver if the individual is receiving or begins to receive other services from the BDDS or programs such as (but not limited to) Vocational Rehabilitation Services, First Steps, CHOICE, Division of Aging waiver, etc.

The initial budgets will be approved in the amount of $500 for each eligible individual regardless of the number of eligible individuals residing in the residence. Upon exhaustion of funding, subsequent budgets may be requested by the Caregiver Support Services provider and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Any new budget is dependent upon available funds.

Latest ASK Webinar: Medicaid Disability

About Special Kids and Family Voices presented an overview of Medicaid Disability.  This webinar covered the changes that have recently occurred to this program.  How is eligibility determined now?  How do the changes effect those already receiving benefits?  Where do you turn if you have questions?

Presenters:   Christine Held, ASK Trainer
                   Jennifer Akers, Family Voices Project Coordinator

To view the powerpoint for this presentation, click here.

Future Webinar
Mark you calendar for the following upcoming webinar.

  • Dads:  A Different Perspective -   October 9th at 1:00 p.m.

To view this and other archived webinars, click here


We are a Parent led and staffed organization and we look forward to helping you!

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