Exciting DHP news, a new newsletter section, and Service Animal Guidelines! All that and more in this issue of Accessibility for All.

Accessibility for All 

by the Disability and Health Program

One More Year!

We are pleased to share with you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the Florida Disability and Health's Program proposal for the 2015-2016 fiscal year cost continuation. The 18 states that are currently funded for a Disability and Health Program were allowed to submit a proposal to enable the continuation of their Programs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  
We appreciate your interest and support and are excited to have the opportunity to continue working to provide information for and about persons with disabilities for another year.  We anticipate that the next quarterly webinar for the DHP Disability Community Planning Group will take place in late September and will focus on the tasks identified in our proposal and the progress made to date.
Contact Susan Redmon at the Florida Department of Health, DHP, if you have any questions.  Email: or phone: 1-850-245-4444, ext. *2961.
We look forward to working with you for another year!

Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Data Released

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the February 2015 monthly report on state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and enrollment data. The data includes the number of applications submitted, the number of eligibility determinations made by each state, and total current enrollment in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, as reported by state Medicaid and CHIP agencies.  Since October 2013, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment has increased by 11.7 million. Click here to view the report.

Family Network on Disabilities 

Every now and then we like to bring your attention to exceptional organizations.  The Family Network on Disabilities (FND) is a network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities.  To find out more about this organization, visit their website by clicking here

TOOLBOX: Improving Clinical Preventive Services for Women With Disabilities 

The Maternal and Child Health Journal published findings of a search for tools to improve use of clinical preventive services among women with disabilities. As a result of the search, the CDC and the Association of maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) developed TOOLBOX: Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities.  This toolbox can be used by health professionals to facilitate and deliver clinical preventive services among the more than 28 million women of childbearing age and beyond living with disabilities. 

Student Use of Service Animal Updated Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice finalized regulations promulgated under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding the use of service animals in governmental settings, including public schools.  The updated guidelines and template for the Florida Department of Education's school district policy on the use of service animals by students with disabilities is available by clicking here.   

Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition

Got Transition has created a new set of clinical resources that define the basic components of health care transition support with linked sample tools for primary and specialty practices serving youth and young adults between the ages of 12-26.  Aligning payment with these recommended transition services is a critical step for ensuring that all young and young adults effectively transition from pediatric to adult health care.  Click here to access the resource sheet.


Well Visit Planner Tool

The Well Visit Planner is an online tool created by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative to help families prepare for their children's upcoming well-child visits to the health care provider.  The planner takes 10-15 minutes to fill out before each visit and can be printed and taken to a visit to help parents discuss their child's health with doctors.  It is free to sue and available in English and Spanish. 

HHS Guidance on Coverage of Preventive Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Labor and Treasure Departments issued some guidance on what preventive services qualified health plans are required to cover.  Download the guide here

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care

We recommend that you check out the health care transition resource Florida Health and Transition Services (FloridaHATS) if you haven't looked at it recently.  Their mission is to ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs.  We recommend that you take a look at their site by clicking here

PTSD Awareness Month

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is helping to educate people about PTSD and effective treatments during June, which is PTSD awareness month.  Find out where to get help for PTSD.

Hurricane Season Has Started

Are you Prepared?
Hurricane season can be a very stressful time for all Floridians.  Be prepared by visiting the Hurricane Resource Center. Also check out the Hurricane and Severe Weather Information page for Hurricane Information Fact Sheets and Emergency Preparedness Guides. Click here for more.


FDDC Annual Report

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has released their 2014 Annual Report outlining their goals and accomplishments in the past year.  Their mission is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities.  Click here to access the report.

Florida Promises Help for Persons Affected by Waitlist Data Breach

Free credit reports and a year of free credit monitoring services are being offered to individuals in the state of Florida whose names, dates of birth, and social security numbers were accidentally released.  13,000 people on the 2003 wait list for developmental disability home and community based services were potentially affected by this recent data breach.  If you or someone you know was on that wait list, please read the press release from the Florida Department of State by clicking here.   Credit for the information goes to Disability Rights Florida. 

Briefs and Tip Sheets

Person-Centered Planning Brief

Last week, Justice in Aging released a new issue brief, A Right to Person-Centered Planning. The brief analyzes how well states are implementing a 2014 rule that creates the right to epson-centered care planning for Medicaid consumers of long-term services and supports. The brief can be used as a tool for health care providers, plan administrators, and advocates to help them understand the rule and its scope.  Click here to access the brief.

Tips for Coding and Reimbursement for Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

To support the delivery of recommended health care transition services in pediatric and adult primary care and specialty care settings, Got Transition and the American Academy of Pediatrics partnered to develop a transition payment tip sheet.  Read the tip sheet by clicking here.

Brief on Health Insurance Literacy

Credit to the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) for bringing this to our attention.  Enroll America has released a resource on health insurance literacy.  The brief is entitled "A Framework on Health Insurance Literacy for the Outreach and Enrollment Community" and it explains the importance of health insurance literacy and the lack of it among consumers.  To read a news item on this brief which includes a link to download a copy, click here

Medicaid Benefit Design Brief 

The Commonwealth Fund has issued a report on Medicaid benefit design which looks at benefit designs in states that have expanded Medicaid. To read a news item on this brief which includes a link to download a copy, click here. Thank you again to the NDNRC. 

Requirements for Essential Health Benefits and Prescription Drug Fact Sheets

Again, credit to the NDNRC for bringing this resource to our attention.  The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has published two fact sheets aimed at explaining some of the requirements for the essential health benefits (EHBs) and prescription drugs.  To read a news item which includes a link to download copies of the fact sheets, click here

Get Involved 


2016 Planning Survey

Disability Rights Florida, Florida's statewide protection and advocacy system and client assistance program, is developing its goals and objectives for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year.  Help them identify what disabilities issues you find most important by answering this survey.  

Looking for Outreach Partners?

The NDNRC has funded eleven Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) for the second year of enrollment.  The COCs will increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA. To find a COC, click here

2015 Six Month Survey

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has developed a brief survey to find out how many individuals participated in or benefitted from events and publications sponsored by the Council. Your answers will help us to improve our work. Please click here to access and complete the survey.  

Join the Movement! #PublicHealth4All

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has begun a movement called "Public Health is for Everyone."  Did you know that 1 in 5 American adults has a disability?  The movement is looking for you to share your story, through a written message, selfie or a photo of things you see in your community that relate to including people living with disabilities in public health efforts.  You can email your story to, tweet out using the hashtags #publichealth and #4all, or follow them on twitter @PHis4Everyone for updates. 


Partners in Policymaking Class

Partners in Policymaking, affectionately known as "PIP" , has over 400 graduates in Florida who are continuously making a difference every day in our Florida counties.  Their work in Polk county brought projects such as fine arts to underserved populations.  Innovative efforts expanded employment opportunities in lee County by targeting the businesses in that community.  PIP stands by the mission of the Council through advocacy for meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities.  PIP is expanding to include more family members with an intent to reach or increase participation.  It's all about inclusion and diversity.  Click here to view the flyer and PIP application. The deadline for applications has been extended to June 15, 2015. 

Awards and Scholarships

Family-to-Family Health Received Grant Award- Congratulations!

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $5 million in new and continuing competitive grant awards to support Family-To-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children and youth with special health care needs.  Funding for the centers was extended through fiscal year 2017 by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Click here for the full news release.



Florida Disability and Health Program

Disclaimer: These links are provided for informational purposes, not to solicit donations to an organization nor to promote one organization or resource over another.

Upcoming Events

Oral Health Care Training for Caregivers
June 19, 2015; Agency or Person with Disabilities, Tallahassee, FL; 9am-12pm (English); 1pm-4pm (Spanish)
What: The University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council are offering a FREE training session for professionals and family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities.  A UM registered Dental Hygienist will show you how to perform oral hygiene techniques. 

Florida Council for Exceptional Children 69th Annual State Conference
October 1-3, 2015, Hilton Double Tree, Orange County, Florida
What: The conference will continue the collaborative efforts with school districts, universities, family organizations, and Florida Student CEC. The conference will celebrate mutual commitment to children and youth with special needs. Click here for more information.


FCIC's 2015 Employment Webinar Series
The third Wednesday of each month from 5-6pm EST, FCIC provides an opportunity to participate in a series of Webinars geared to build capacity on a range of employment related topics.  
June 17, 2015: Transition to Adulthood; Essential Skills to Getting a Job
July, 2015: No Webinar (summer break)
August 19, 2015: Navigating the Workplace with Invisible Disabilities
September 16, 2015: Coping with the Employment Process: Effective Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques
Click here for more information.

iBudget Waiver Training Session
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for individuals whose life has been affected by developmental disabilities. In particular, individuals whose family has been impacted by the iBudget waiver.  They will provide FREE training via power-point presentation to help individuals learn the skills necessary to share experiences with legislator and advocates for increased funding to address the iBudget Waiver waitlist.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: Criminal Activity or Public Health Issue?
June 25, 2:00-3:00pm EDT
What:Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP will present a high level overview of statutory approaches to addressing alcohol use in pregnancy. Click here to register. 

Building Inclusive Healthy Communities through the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
Archived, click here to listen.
What: A truly facilitating community is one in which health promotion activities (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) are as accessible to people with disabilities as they are to people without disabilities.  Unfortunately, many people with disabilities or caregivers who have a child or family member with a disability have limited access to physical activity and healthy eating because of the substantially greater number of barriers they experience compared to people without disabilities in accessing programs, services and support systems.  Environmental barriers are discussed and options to increase access to health promoting behaviors in the community are also provided.  Resources from the NCHPAD are described and information on the Inclusive Fitness Coalition are shared.

Act Early Network Virtual Networking Event
Click here to view the webinar
View the Act Early Virtual Networking Event to gain knowledge on effective program methods and strategies that have improved the early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The virtual networking event brought together public health, health care, developmental disability, and additional professionals from eh Act Early Network and Friends of NCBDDD coalition to share and discuss developmental screening, monitoring, and early detection practices through interactive posters and presentations.  Listen to the recording to hear the dynamic speakers discuss their projects on the Collective Impact Model, a partnership with the State of Indiana Library systems to incorporate LTSAE materials, the Sixby'15 Campaign Early Childhood goal, the Friends Helping Children Live to the Fullest by Understanding Developmental Disabilities Like Autism thematic area, and early identification advocacy resources.

About the DHP

The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Formerly the Florida Office on Disability and Health, the DHP is housed under the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention in Tallahassee, FL with partnership from the University of Florida.
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