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Weekly Update 


 
     What a disappointing and frustrating week.  Seems like Pennsylvania is our new nemesis. First Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. And then there was Sunday's Not So Super (for us) Bowl. It was a great game but a disappointing outcome for New England fans. 

  Phil's prediction seems spot on as there is a snow event predicted for  Wednesday, so we are doing some juggling here.  First  you are getting this a day early! Due to the snowy weather predicted we are cancelling the Parent's of Adults Support Group for Wednesday evening. The group will meet on Monday February 12th at 7 PM instead.  This is what it is to live in New England. Adjust and adapt, but hey, we live with autism so we take it all in stride and always have a plan B,  right?    

   While the Football season is over we now turn our attention to HOCKEY! Most of us can not afford tickets to go see the Bruins, but we've a local team we can afford and last week I shared about the special Autism Resource Central Day at the Worcester Railers in March. Unbeknownst to me the railers link to the tickets for the event had an error, with resource being spelled recource.   My eyes read it as resource of course and that is what I typed for the link, which of course didn't work! Wanja caught the error ( younger eyes) and the link has been corrected and if all  the technology gods smile upon me the link below SHOULD work. If you tried the previous links let me say I'm sorry for the confusion ! 
 


It's only 41 days until spring. The equipment truck for the Sox left town this week for Ft. Myers! Hold on to that thought to get through the next few weeks. It's a little too nasty to be outside training but there is plenty of time come spring to train for the 5k Run & Walk which is 80 days away!  NOW is the time to register and start fundraising for the big day.  I've raised $760 so far and it's been a few days since I've begged on Facebook so I'll have to go do that today! 

   Have a great week everyone and THINK SPRING! 

 



Public Input Process for Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Renewal Applications

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is working with the Department of Developmental Service (DDS) to renew three MassHealth Home and and Community-Based Services (HCBA) waivers for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities  
(1) Intensive Supports Waiver (DDS-IS)
(2) Community Living Waiver (DDS-CL)
(3) Adult Supports Waiver (DDS-AS)
As part of the waiver renewal process, EOHHS plans continued growth of waiver capacity, as well as certain updates to the DDS Adult waivers. As summarized below, these changes include:
  • Adding waiver capacity
  • Removing unused or underused services from the waivers (Center-based Day Supports; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and 24-hour Self Directed Home Sharing Support (DDS-IS only))
  • Increasing the limit on Individual Goods and Services to $3,000/year
  • Setting a limit of 90 days/year for Stabilization
  • Requiring federal criminal background checks for provider agency employees
  • Allowing state-operated providers to deliver certain waiver services, and
  • Technical corrections and clarifications
To view or download the full waiver renewal application documents, visit the MassHealth website: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/home-and-community-based-services-waiver-renewal-applications-public-inpu
t-process
 
Hard copies of these documents are available upon request. Please send a request for hard copies of these documents in writing:
Or
By regular mail:       
HCBS Waiver Unit
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
1 Ashburton Place, 11th Floor  Boston, MA 02108
 
Send Us Your Comments
We invite public comment on the draft waiver renewal applications before we submit them to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. Please see below for how you can submit comments.
Or
  • By regular mail:HCBS Waiver Unit                                                              Executive Office of Health and Human Services                                          1 Ashburton Place, 11th Floor Boston, MA 02108
Or
  • In person, orally or in writing, at either of two public forums:
 
The first forum will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Framingham Public Library Costin Room: Main Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA.
The second public forum will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 12:00 P.M. at the Springfield City Lib
rary Community Room: Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA.
Inclement weather policy: If the local public schools are closed on the day of either forum due to weather conditions, EOHHS will cancel that forum and will hold a make-up forum.
In the event of cancellation on February 13, a makeup forum would be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Framingham Public Library Costin Room: Main Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA. In the event of cancellation on February 15, a makeup forum would be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Springfield City Library Community Room: Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA.
                                              
Please note : Comments must be submitted by March 8, 2018.


 

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RESEARCH STUDY SEEKING PARTICIPANTS
 
If you are interested in participating or would like more information           contact CANDI  at 
774-445-4100 or  e-mail ChildResearch@umassmed.edu Docket# H00012656


COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD 
As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community.  West Boylston SEPAC has a few good workshops coming up and there is "A Night To Shine" prom in Uxbridge sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation coming up February 9th.   

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .
 
 CALENDAR

 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610 Fees for Events are as stated on site

 
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WORKSHOPS 
SUPPORT & 
SOCIAL GROUPS 


FEBRUARY 

February 7, 2018
Parents of Adults
Support Group
7 -9 PM
        POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY         FEB 12TH 

February 13, 2018
Acessing Public Supports
Kris Cariglia
6:30- 8 PM

February 14, 2018
Parents of Children
Support Group
7-9 PM

February 17, 2018
Sibshop
Chinese New Years
10 AM -1:30 PM
$10/pp $15 /family cap

February 26, 2018
Parents & Tots
Networking & Play Group
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

February 28, 2018
Parents of Girls Group
Workshop-LGBT issues
6:30-8:30 PM
Girls Social Group
runs concurrently


FAMILY FUN 



 
FEBRUARY VACATION FUN 
 

February 20, 2018
Pizza & Bowling
Mohegan Bowladrome
51 Thompson Rd , Webster MA
10 AM Bowlng 11AM Pizza $3.00/pp

February 21, 2018
Wachusett Meadow Snowshoeing
113 Goodnow Rd, Princeton, MA
10-11:30 AM and 12-1:30 PM
$3.00/pp

February 21, 2018
Parents of Teens Group
Family Fun for Teens & Young Adults 
Pizza & Movie
6-9 PM $3.00/pp

February 22, 2018
Bowling & Pizza
at Gardner Ten Pins
560 W Broadway, Gardner, MA
10:30 AM Fee: $3.00/pp

February 23 2018
Friends & Family Movie
West Boylston Cinema
Route 12 West Boylston
10:AM Fee: $2:00/pp



Sincerely, 
                                                                                                                   
 

Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
508-298-1605                                                                                     
 
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