The Arc of Florida, in coordination the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the Family Care Council, is pleased to announce a training forum on “Dream Inspired Planning”.
This event is to be held in Tallahassee, Florida on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Leon County library – Leroy Collins annex at 200 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301, (850) 606-2665 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST).
There is a fee for parking in the library’s parking lot. In-service hours will be issued to APD Medicaid Waiver providers. There is no fee for the training.
The training will be presented by Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University in Washington, D.C. You MUST register for this event in order to attend as seating is limited.
To register for this training event, please click the link below:
This event is open to self-advocates and family members served by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Family Care Council members, providers of APD services, Waiver Support Coordinators and to APD and Vocational Rehabilitation staff – APD will verify registrants at the door requesting in-service hours.
About the Pay Fair for Care Campaign
In 2017, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC), The Arc of Florida and Florida ARF launched the Pay Fair for Care campaign as a continued effort to shed light on the importance of strengthening direct care staff and supporting a living wage.
Throughout this campaign, FDDC and its partners will implement a variety of tactics to gain attention from decision makers and influencers in the upcoming Legislative Session.
We encourage you to be on the lookout for various materials – including this monthly newsletter – for updates on the issue and what you can do to get involved and take action.
A Look Into the Importance of Direct Care
Florida families and providers must be able to recruit and retain dedicated people to work with the particular direct care needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
– The current rate for reimbursement to providers has decreased over the past 14 years creating a crisis for families and providers in both finding and keeping dedicated people to provide direct care.
– For families, the combination of concerns about the quality of care, less availability for care and fewer service options to access care poses a distinct threat to the health and safety of their loved ones.
– The number of available “hands on” providers has decreased by 33 percent.
– No matter what setting in which an individual with a developmental disability lives, retention of well trained, qualified staff is critical.
– Reimbursement rates are no longer offsetting the total cost of care.
We must support living wages for direct care services.
Increasing these rates will allow adequate wages to front-line staff and help strengthen and maintain necessary services.