This is where the monthly Snohomish Transition Council notes will be posted. We typically meet on the first Wednesday of each month, so check back for updates. Please email me if you have any questions you would like me to take to the council.
Emily Disbennett, Facilitator
March 7, 2012
From Jobs by 21:
- 17/21 of the students on a job by 21 waiver are participating this year.
- Deb Gall is connected with each high school transition program in our district and spoke at the Extended Resource and Life Skills job-alike meeting last month.
- There is a huge push to put state-only students onto waivers for long-term funding. If they are not switched soon, their work help will be cut. Contact your DDD representative or Melinda Bocci to find out how to get waiver services.
Heathcare Workers with Disabilities:
- Get healthcare services, then apply for Medicaid, and then get a waiver.
- Provide free phones with 250 minutes per month for students receiving benefits.
From Social Security:
- Check out the Social Security link on the left for updated information on student earned income exclusions. Make sure SSI has each student labeled as "student" status in order for benefits not to be taken.
February 1, 2012
From Adult Protective Services:
- Call 1-800-487-0416 to report abuse.
- Jeff Quigley is an APS Program Manager in Everett. His number at the Department of Social and Health Services is, 425-339-3851. He can be reached at Home and Community Services at, 425-339-4010.
- Jeff said that it's important to keep reporting if here continues to be a concern, because they will continue to go to the residence to investigate.
- APS is seeing success with their Protection Plans.
- If you were the reporter, you can ask to see the Outcome Report.
- Sometimes joint visits are allowed, and you can be a part of the interview so the vulnerable person feels more comfortable with the APS representative.
From the Transition Fair Council:
- The Transition Fair will be on March 27, from 4-8:30 at Cascade High School with more than 60 agencies already confirmed to attend.
January 4, 2012
- It looks like the state-only people are going to have their services cut, so the county is working on getting people signed up for waivers to help offset the cuts.
From Social Security:
- Medicaid can provide waivers and personal care providers.
- Trying to complete PCP meetings in the fall, so families have the school year to make connections with agencies.
- Check with Deb Gall to see if a student qualifies for PCP, and she'll refer you to Tim Corey to begin the planning.
- Tim Corey is available to train the teachers on PCP, which is helpful for both participation in meetings and running PCP meetings for students who are not DDD qualified.
- Schools can help prepare students for DVR services by teaching them to manipulate public transportation and to develop independent living routines (personal hygiene, schedules, etc.). The clients at DVR who have these skills are months ahead of those who do not.
Ideas from VOICE, the Edmonds Transition Program:
- If you are showing a movie: use tickets to enter, wait in line, have a concession line, and have chairs lined up in rows to enable conversations around seating.
- They are using the LCCE curriculum from the Council for Exceptional Children.
- They have classroom Orca cards that they "check out" to students, and manage/upload money to them as a program.
October 5, 2011
- On November 29, the legislature goes into a 60 day session and then we'll know more about the budget.
- New clients are not being put on state-only funds.
- Community Access Program: clients must attempt to work for 9 months before qualifying. This is an alternative to employment. Individual services are provided.
- More clients are turning to DVR because other agencies are facing such drastic cuts.
- Can't serve students with developmental disabilities unless DDD can provide long-term support since DVR is meant to be a short-term support system.
From Snohomish County:
- Person-Centered Planning priorities in order: exiting graduates, state-only graduates without waivers, graduates with waivers, younger students, then older students who are out of school.