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Idaho Parents Unlimited supports, empowers, educates and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families
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What is Idaho Parents Unlimited?
Founded in 1985, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) is a statewide organization which houses the Idaho Parent Training and Information Center, the Family to Family Health Information Center, Idaho Family Voices, and VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability.   For more information Click here

Idaho Parents Unlimited's Monthly Training Series
October's Training:

Bullying Prevention 

bullying prevention flyer
Wednesday
October 10, 2018
6:00-9:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce parents and professionals to a range of intervention strategies and approaches that can be used by parents and schools to prevent all children from bullying.  We will also discuss strategies for children who are targeted by bullying.  
 
Boise
IPUL Main Office
4619 Emerald St. Ste E
Boise, ID 83706       
Coeur d'Alene
Kootenai Health
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814    
Pocatello
A New Hope
300 N. 7th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201

REGISTER HERE

208.342.5884
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Children's Developmental Disabilities Services Council Rulemaking Update Letter

You can download the PDF of this letter here.
You can download PDF of the first page of the schedule here
You can download PDF of the second page of the schedule here

Here's the text of the letter: 
 
August 13, 2018
 
Dear Participants and Guardians

The Department has made the decision to withdraw the proposed changes to the Children's Enhancement rules originally scheduled for the 2019 legislature. After hearing concerns from parents, providers, and other advocates, the Department believes more collaboration is needed to move habilitative intervention into the state plan, maintain the family directed option, and ensure agencies are able to adequately provide the state plan habilitative intervention services.

In order to facilitate ongoing collaboration, the Department is scheduling formal and informal negotiated rule making sessions beginning in September 2018 and continuing through May 2019. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 1:00-4:00 PM, at 1720 N. Westgate Drive, Conference room 131, Boise, ID. Other meetings will be scheduled monthly, or more often as needed. To ensure families from around the state have the opportunity to provide input, video and in person meetings will be scheduled in other regions of the state. 
 
Meetings will be announced on this website:    
https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/medical/developmentaldisabilities/childrensddservices/childrensddservicesenhancementproject/tabid/3566/default.aspx 
Once on the website, select the rule making schedule tab in the right-hand column.
 
A draft of the proposed rules is attached to this letter. These draft rules are a beginning point for our discussions. We will go through the draft rules section by section to identify concerns, barriers, and allow for the sharing of constructive ideas and alternatives to develop a set of rules that can be supported by both the Department and stakeholders. 

Since the current children's waiver expires on June 30, 2019, and habilitative intervention services can no longer operate under the current waiver authority, it is imperative new rules are written. These will be temporary-proposed rules and will take effect on July 1, 2019. In order for the rules to become permanent, they must be approved by the 2020 legislature.

By taking this action, it allows the Department and stakeholders the additional time needed to collaboratively address concerns with moving habilitative intervention services into the state plan. 

We look forward to working together to create positive and effective services 

Sincerely, 
Arthur L. Evans, LMSW
Bureau Chief    
Bureau of Developmental Disability Services
 
So, what does this letter really mean?
  • The Enhancement Project work will continue through Legislative Session of 2020.
  • The Department extended this project timeline to have more time for collaboration with participants and families.
  • The Department has scheduled monthly meetings open to participants and families to hear your comments on the rule proposals. Meetings are scheduled in every Region throughout the state. This schedule will be distributed at the September meeting (details in the attached letter) and posted to the website.
  • Intervention services will be offered through the State Plan/Medicaid Card as of July 1st 2019
  • Support services (including FDS CSWs and Equipment) will continue to be offered through the Waiver/Budget as of July 1st 2019.
  • Support services will continue to be paid for using a determined budget. The Department recommends the budget determination for supports to stay the same as it is now through June of 2020.
  • FDS participants CAN choose both intervention and support services
And extracted from the schedule, here are the first two meetings, the first for providers, the second for families.
 
9/10/18 Provider Meeting
9 am - 12 pm
1720 Westgate Dr. Bldg. A Rm 131
Boise, Idaho
1 (877) 820-7831
Access Code: 501356
 
9/11/18 Family Meeting
 
1 pm - 4 pm
1720 Westgate Dr. Bldg A Rm131
Boise, Idaho
1 (877) 820-7831
Access Code: 501356

For more information about the Children's DD Services Enhancement Project you can visit their website.

 

Idaho Parents Unlimited's Social Media Policy

Hello friends,
 
IPUL is in the process of updating our social media policies as more and more messages are coming to our organization via digital means. Unfortunately, we find the Facebook inbox and notifications to be somewhat unreliable. This is especially true when there is more than one person serving as a page administrator. Therefore, if you send a message to our FB inbox, you will receive an automatic reply directing you to our website intake form or phone number. We'll do our best to check for messages each day, but we much prefer to use our systems that are currently in place to provide appropriate assistance. 
 
That said, we have also developed new policies regarding staff and their personal FB pages as well as other social media sites - including personal cell phones (text messaging). Frequently, our staff are tagged in posts on groups and expected to respond (or they feel obligated) after regular business hours. They also receive private instant messages via this technology as well.
 
All staff have been instructed to respond to work-related messages only during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday; 9:00-5:00) or during their individually scheduled hours when they are each working using company equipment and resources only.  If you contact employees with their personal messaging accounts, they are instructed to not respond, other than to direct you to our official channels.  

We hope this will help us to be consistent in providing assistance as well as ensuring messages don't fall through the cracks. Thanks for understanding!
 
~Angela Lindig, Executive Director
 
You can always connect to us via our intake inbox, available on our website as the button that says "Question for a Parent Education Coordinator?" or by calling our phone line at (208) 342-5884
 

 

Idaho CEC Annual Conference 2018

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The 2018 Conference will take place October 2nd through the 6th in Nampa, Idaho at the Nampa Civic Center. 
 
All information about the conference can be found here: 
http://www.idahocec.org/annual-conference/
 

Idaho Parents Unlimited Will Sponsor First 25 CEC Conference Parent Registrations

Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) supports individuals with disabilities and their families in Idaho.  IPUL will hold two session strands at the Idaho CEC Conference in October about Medicaid information and parent/professional collaboration. IPUL will provide free registration for the first 25 parents who sign up for the CEC conference! 

Register at the CEC Conference page, found here: 

http://www.idahocec.org/conference-registration/
 
You will receive an email with a payment option.  You will want to select the option of pay at the door.  IPUL will cover the registration costs for the first 25 parents who do this. 

Save the Date

 
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August 2018:
September 2018:
October 2018:
November 2018:
December 2018:
January 2019:
February 2019:
March 2019:
April 2019:
May 2019:
June 2019:
July 2019:
Success With the IEP
Strength-Based Student-Led IEP
Bullying Prevention
Parent and Professional Collaboration
Understanding Idaho Medicaid
Power of a Personal Story
Planning a Healthy Transition to Adulthood
Getting and Keeping the First Job
Success With the IEP
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Tools for Your Toolbox
Support and Resources / Parent Meet Up
As always these events take place on the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
We offer the same trainings later in the month as a webinar, at 11:00 a.m. MST.
You will always be able to RSVP at our website: ipulidaho.org You can also call us at 208-342-5884, or email to attend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BOISE
Idaho Parents Unlimited 
4619 Emerald St., Ste. E
Boise, ID 83706
COEUR D'ALENE
Kootenai Health Center 
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(Check with the front desk for the room location)
POCATELLO
A New Hope 
300 N 7th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201