No Paid Caseload

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council  (DDC)  undertook the task of sending a survey out to those in our state who do not  receive any paid services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities.   Click Here to View Report “A Troubling Tale”
This is indeed a very troubling tale.  I fully understand the  issues from a first-hand experience and know crises that many of these families  are feeling.  I hope that people read this report and understand the  implications. 
With other reports coming out regarding the need for respite  care ( and families telling their stories, we can collectively manage some solutions to the problems.  The problem is not only among the “no paid caseload”  but is widespread throughout our communities.
Below is an excerpt of a letter that I have sent to Ed Holen,  Executive Director of DDC and Sue Elliot, Executive Director of The Arc of  Washington.  My hope is that the lack of services to those on the “no paid  caseload” is not used inappropriately by dividing the community into the “haves”  and “have nots”.  We need to unite to support a continuum of care which is  based on assessed support needs of each individual to enable them to function  optimally.

“The report on “No Paid Services” is extremely important and shows  such a critical need. This is very concerning for several reasons.

I fear  that this report will be used inappropriately by stating that those who reside  in the ICF/ID take more than “their share” of the funds and that is part of the  reason that there are so many on the “no paid services.” If this tactic is  taken, it only adds fuel a terrible fire which is not based on the  facts.

People may also take this to mean that those who do receive a  waiver receive all their needed services – this is again not true. There is a  huge difference between what an “allowed” service is and what is “approved.” In  our case having prescriptions from our son’s MD, referrals from his OT/PT,  hospital discharge recommendations were not enough for DDD to approve an  “allowed” service or piece of equipment or environmental adaptation. We were  told that DDD only paid for “needs” not “wants” yet why is DDD the one deciding  equipment or services MD, OT/PT and Psychologist prescribed were not needed?  This just mystifies me.

Another question that I have is that of medical coupons (I believe  they are called something else now – Provider One?) When our son was first  placed on paid services he had a CAP waiver (?) and with this he did receive  medical coupons which was not determined by our income. Where does this service  come in now? Do people on HCBS waivers automatically receive Provider One  Medical Coverage? Do those on the “no paid service” receive this?

As a family that has luckily survived – but only through the  finally allowed and approved services of the ICF/ID – I can tell you that the  two services that we had and were “approved” to use were Family Support funds to  pay for MCP and medical coupons which paid for diapers and the co-pay of very  expensive prescriptions, hospitalizations and medical costs. The services that  our son was “allowed” on his waiver were never “approved” and therefore he was  not able to access those services.

A study that I think would also be helpful is one of people on  waivers and if they are receiving the allowed services.

Again, thank you for undertaking this survey regarding the “no  paid service caseload” – I only ask that it be used without the biases attached  to differences in ideology. We all need to support a continuum of care which is  based on the assessed support needs of each individual to allow each person to  function optimally. “

Any  Comments or ideas?

DDD “No-Paid” Caseload, part 2

Many in our community are confused by terms that are used and what they actually mean.  According to DDD Administration, this is what I have learned regarding the DDD “No Paid Caseload.”  We need to keep the reality of what this term means in the forefront when looking at DDD and DSHS budgets and services which we provide to our community members.

To be eligible for DDD, one must meet the eligilitiy under  RCW 71A.10.020  Our state’s DDD agency reports the “Total DDD Caseload” in reference to the number of persons who have a current determination for DDD eligibility.

DDD eligibility does not mean that there are paid services.   DDD paid services are dependent on availibility of funding and/or eligibility for the specific services.  The Medicaid State Plan services and services to people enrolled in a Home and Community Based Waiver are not limited by availibility of funding but must meet the eligibility requirements for those programs for services.  Not all people with DDD eligibility meet those requirements.

For all other services, an individual must meet eligibility requirements as well as the division having funding available for the desired service.  DDD utilizes the CARE Assessment to determine whether the person meets eligibility requirements for a specific service.

Those who are currently receiving a funded service through DDD are referred to as the “Paid Services Caseload.”  Those who do not receive a funded service through our division, either due to lack of funding, not meeting eligibility requirements for a specific service, or not desiring paid services at the present time are referred to as the “No Paid Services Caseload.”  The Paid Services Caseload plus the No Paid Services Caseload comprise the Total DDD Caseload.

Also, the “No Paid Services Caseload” clients means that they are not receiving a paid service through DDD.  Many of the DDD clients do receive services from other programs within DSHS.  DDD does not keep track of nor have awareness of other services within DSHS that the DDD clients may be receiving.

Services Received by DD Clients in FY 2008

programs which DDD clients access