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Potential HBCS Service Changes – – Please share with your families

Please share this info with your teams,  teachers, and families!  This is important information to get out to our families of students who receive services through a waiver. See message below:

A third Managed Care Organization by the name of Iowa Total Care will be entering the system on July 1st.  Medicaid recipients will be redistributed to include this third provider.  Letters will be sent in March to families with an announcement of who their new MCO provider will be (if changed).  If families are notified that they are reassigned and they want to stay with their current provider, they will have until June 18th to deny the change.  The request to change to a different MCO will only be allowed at this time unless in an annual open enrollment period.

Your students/families who receive HCBS services will likely (with some exceptions) be getting a letter with information about their reassignment.  Families need to be aware that they DO NOT have to accept this reassignment.  They have until June 18 to make their wishes known or their reassignment will be enacted. Please review this information with families as you see fit.

DHS – informational letter – Member Open Choice 


Employment First Guidebook

The Employment First Guidebook  was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home care coordinators with critical information.  It is full of good information about employment for people with disabilities.  There are parts of it that are adult system focused, but there is a lot that is very applicable to our work in schools.  Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator at the DE, pointed out a few key things found in it, but depending on your students, you may want to wander through the entire guidebook.   Here are some of the key things you may want to look at:
  • P 6   – what is Employment 1st – talks about the history of this movement within Iowa and nationally
  • P 9   – nice review of all the different services and supports around work in our state
  • P 26 – encouraging people to work
  • P 28 – WIOA connections
  • P 31 – myth busting scenarios about work
  • P 42 – FAQs
  • P 81 – a nice article in the appendix about high expectations
  • P 93 – a nice article about the influence of families and starting early
As we all know, helping our students learn vocational skill building is vital for their maximum success.   Providing work experience is not just a nice thing to do, it’s the best thing to do to help prepare our students for their transition to life after high school!  Hopefully there are a few helpful tidbits you can use in this resource.