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 "Understanding Changes" Training Announced

October 27, 2014


The Arc of Florida and The Arc Nature Coast are pleased to announce a training forum on aging issues for Direct Care Professionals and other staff responsible for supporting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Deborah Linton, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Florida states, "Understanding Changes is a vital topic needed to address the aging issues facing individuals with I/DD so that direct support personnel can provide the best ?supports? available to those we serve. It is a growing need in our state and a critical issue for families. We want to make certain we are providing the best quality services available by providing these important training forums."

The training will be presented by Dr. Ronald Lucchino, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Director of the Institute of Gerontology at Utica College of Syracuse University. He is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's disease and aging in individuals with developmental disabilities.

A separate training will be provided to family members at The Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Road, Spring Hill, Florida 34608 on Thursday, November 6th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call 352-544-2322 ext. 109 to reserve a seat. There is no registration fee for this family member forum; however, prior registration is requested.

To regster, click here.


Supporting Active Duty Military Families

September 11, 2014

The 2014 Florida Legislature authorized individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of 393.065(1), F.S., to receive home and community-based services in this state if the individual’s parent or legal guardian is an active duty military service member and, at the time of the service member’s transfer to Florida, the individual was receiving home and community-based services in another state. This law became effective on July 1, 2014.

What are the eligibility requirements for APD?

To be eligible for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the individual must be:

  • 3 years of age or older, and have a developmental disability before the age 18
  • A Florida resident *
  • Diagnosed with one of the following six developmental disabilities listed in Chapter 393, Florida Statutes: autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida or children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability

* Effective July 1, 2014, individuals’ whose parents or legal guardian are in active duty military service are eligible to apply to APD and be enrolled in the iBudget waiver if the person was receiving waiver services from the state they were living in prior to Florida.

How do I apply for APD services?

To apply for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, submit an application to the APD office that serves your area, either by mail or by hand delivery.  Contact information for the regional offices can be found online at  Faxed submissions will be returned for an original signature.

To obtain a copy of the most current Application for Services, please visit the APD website at:

APD’s Application for Services has been updated to include a section for active duty military families. Applicants can now indicate if their parent or legal guardian is an active duty service member and whether or not they were receiving home and community based services in another state.

What documentation do I need for the APD application process?

You will need to provide the following information:

1. Proof of identity in the form of: FL Driver’s License/ID card, US Passport, Military/Government issued photo ID card, Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship, school photo ID (only accepted for people under the age of 16)

2. Uniformed Services ID card for the parent or legal guardian of the individual

3. Documentation to show eligibility, including:

  • Documentation of a physician’s diagnosis for cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader-Willi syndrome; or high risk for children under age 5
  • Documentation of an intellectual disability with an IQ score of 69 or less and deficits in adaptive functioning
  • Documentation of autism is made by a Florida licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, a board certified neurologist qualified by training and experience to make a diagnosis of autism, or a board certified developmental pediatrician

4. Documentation of the services received in the previous state under a home and community-based services waiver program

What happens after an individual applies for APD services?

In order to receive home and community based services from the Agency for Persons with disabilities, the person must meet both APD eligibility and Medicaid eligibility requirements.  Once an individual applies for APD, a review is completed to determine APD eligibility.  The applicant will be sent a letter notifying them of the eligibility determination with 45 days of application for a child and within 60 days of application receipt for adults. The individual will be notified in writing of their eligibility and will then be provided a choice of waiver support coordination (case manager) providers from which they will select who they would like to provide this service. That person, chosen by the individual, will then work to get the services in place in Florida that the individual was receiving in their previous state.

For Medicaid eligibility, the Department of Children and Families is the state agency that makes these Medicaid eligibility determinations. To access an application for Medicaid please go to: Florida Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS).

Once a person meets Medicaid eligibility the individual may receive medical services from the Florida Medicaid system operated by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. For information on these benefits please go to:

If you would like to download a handout with this information, please click here.

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