DD Director Speaks at Art Event

Kerri ZanchiRhode Island State Council on the Arts collaborates with Vision, Strength, Arts (VSA) of Rhode Island at the Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Art Show. The show is located in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill and features work by artists, living with disabilities, throughout the state.

Tony AntoshDD Director Kerri Zanchi joined the festivities and spoke about the importance of art in the DD community. Tony Antosh from the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities and Director Jeannine Chartier were guest speakers along with Lt Governor McKee and Attorney General Kilmartin.

Upcoming Conference:

RISAS logoRISAS Annual Conference Information
Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS) is hosting its annual conference on Friday, March 31st at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. This year the topic is: Staying Ahead Youth Drug Trends Opioids, Marijuana, Vaping…and More.

Please register here.

BHDDH Prevention Fellow Featured in Newsletter
Daniel Fitzgerald

Daniel Fitzgerald, RI Prevention Fellow at BHDDH, had a feature article in the Prevention Fellowship Program E-Newsletter.

Dan wrote about his experience at the 2017 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Forum in Maryland last fall. With more than 3,000 prevention professionals attending, Dan saw the power prevention has had in many people’s lives.

You can read Dan’s front page feature article here

DDD/ORS Seeking State-Endorsed Training Programs for Employment Professionals

Click the link below to access the materials that have been created by the joint DDD/ORS training committee, which describe the process of applying for an endorsement of a Supported Employment training program (per Section XI (3) of the Consent Decree).
Protocol for reviewing supported employment training programs for endorsement by DDD/ORS
For further information please contact:
Mary Madden, State Consent Decree Coordinator, at mary.madden@ohhs.ri.gov.

New Savings Plan for Individuals Living with a Developmental Disability

OHHS Secretary Elizabeth Roberts, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and BHDDH Acting Director Rebecca Boss at Treasurer Magaziner's press conferenceRhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced the launch of the "Rhode Island's ABLE" program, which allows Rhode Islanders living with disabilities and their families to save for disability-related expenses without sacrificing their eligibility for federal disability assistance programs.

Read more here

Photo Caption (L-R): OHHS Secretary Elizabeth Roberts, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and BHDDH Acting Director Rebecca Boss at Treasurer Magaziner's press conference.


Updating DD Eligibility Materials
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to make it easier for individuals and families to apply for adult services.  We are updating our eligibility and application materials to simplify and more clearly explain our eligibility criteria, application requirements, and next steps after applying. We will be posting updated materials the week of December 5, 2016.

During December 2016 and January 2017, we will accept the old version or the new version of the application to allow for some transition time and additional feedback from the community. Beginning February 1, 2017, we will only accept the new version of the application.

If you have any recommendations on how to improve the updated application materials, please submit your ideas to BHDDH.AskDD@bhddh.ri.gov.

Eligibility Determination by 17
DDD is launching an "Eligibility Determination by 17" Policy that establishes a referral process at age 16 with eligibility determination by age 17 for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Our goal is that individuals with disabilities enrolled in Rhode Island schools will be identified as eligible for adult services before their exit from school or transition programs. By determining eligibility at 17 it provides the schools, Office Rehabilitative Services (ORS) and DDD information on who will be eligible to receive certain services.
Learn more.

Statewide Transition Coordinator
In January 2017 DDD will have a dedicated staff member to help coordinate the transition process for students exiting secondary schools.  This Statewide Transition Coordinator will work closely with RIDE and all Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to facilitate the new "Eligibility by 17" policy. The Coordinator will also work to find ways to better identify and serve all youth transitioning to adult services.

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