There is a move to require people with disabilities to pay for Vocational Rehabilitation services.  There is a meeting Jacksonville on Monday, March 24 to discuss and give input regarding this move.  There did not seem to be much information given up to this point.  There have been two other meetings as you will see from this info that I have pulled from the VoRehab Web page.  There is also an email address that you can use to give your comments.  Please be sure to send your e-mail comments today regarding this matter.

Financial Participation Determination

Overview of Policy
The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is
developing a process to determine financial participation of individuals in the cost of their Vocational

Rehabilitation services. The individual’s level

of participation in the cost of services is based on the

individual’s plan of services, income, and includes

consideration of work-related disability expenses paid

by the individual. The Division believes that this process

is necessary to maximize the use of available resources

and to continue to serve all eligible individuals.    Based

 on input from the VR’s customers, partners,and staff,

revisions have been made to the FinancialParticipation

Determination process. The newest version dated

February 1, 2008 is available for your review and

additional input. Questions and Answers that are

designed to respond to the input we received are also

available below. VR understands the importance of having local public

meetings on this new procedure. Feel free to attend

one of these meetings or submit additional comments

to vrplan@vr.fldoe.org or to Marilyn Campbell at 1(800)

451-4327 by March 24, 2008.Bill Palmer, Director
   Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Financial Participation Determination Process(Word) (Revised February 1, 2008)
Questions and Answers Regarding Policy (Word) (Revised February 26, 2008)

Public Meeting Dates and Locations
Public Meetings will be held:


March 5, 2008
10AM – 12PM
Willie Webb, Sr. Park & Community Center
3601 NW 21st Street
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311

March 18, 2008
1PM – 3PM
Pensacola Junior College
1000 College Blvd, Room 250
Pensacola, FL

March 24, 2008
1PM – 3PM
Regency Library
9900 Regency Square Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225

This is an interesting e-mail exchange that I’ve had with the Executive Director of Special Gathering:

From:  R Stimson

I received a call today that said that Senator Evelyn Lynn (from Volusia) is to introduce a bill to move APD (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) into AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration).

(Note to reader from LGHoward:  In my years when I was working in Volusia, Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-District 7) is concerned and sympathetic in regard to persons with disabilities.  Her office was always open to us and for us when there were issues that concerned the disability community.) 

FROM:  Linda G. Howard     Any chance of that passing?

FROM:  ROS    Yes.  In fact, I think it is likely to pass.

FROM:  LGH    Is this good or bad?  I personally think it would be better because APD hasn’t seemed to work out very well but I really don’t know what I’m talking about.

FROM: ROS     Don’t feel bad.  I don’t think anyone knows if they like the idea or not.

If you would like to read the complete statement of agency organization andoperations, go to http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Inside_AHCA/docs/org_statement.pdf

 Here is some information about AHCA from their website:

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

STATEMENT OF AGENCY ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Agency for Health Care Administration was brought into existence by Chapter 20, Florida Statutes. It is the chief health policy and planning entity for the state. The Agency is responsible for health facility licensure, inspection, and regulatory enforcement; investigation of consumer complaints related to health care facilities and managed care plans; the implementation of the certificate of need program; the operation of the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis; the administration of the Medicaid program; the administration of the contracts with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation; the certification of health maintenance organizations and prepaid health clinics as set forth in part III of Chapter 641; and any other duties prescribed by statute or agreement.

AGENCY HEAD

The head of the Agency for Health Care Administration is the Secretary, who is appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Secretary serves at the pleasure of and reports to the Governor.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Agency for Health Care Administration is divided into various units and sub-units as follows:

Chief of Staff Office

The Chief of Staff office coordinates Medicaid and health care regulation policy with other state agencies, the Legislature and the federal government. This office oversees the Agency’s Division of Administrative Services, the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis and the Florida Washington Office.