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FAMILY SURVEY - We want to know how we can meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families in Spokane. Please take a moment to complete this survey.
The Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC) is a network of about 1,700 parents in Spokane County supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). We offer information about resources in the community, workshops to help families succeed and a strong advocacy effort. Activities include:
Life After High School workshop (Fall)
Guardianship workshops (Fall and Spring)
Legislative Workshop (Winter)
Be a Leader series (Fall)
Other events may be scheduled throughout the year, depending on the need.
IRS determines Parent Provider wages to be tax exempt
In March, 2016 the IRS determined that payments made through the Community First Choice and the State Medicaid Personal Care programs for the provision of in-home supportive care to eligible recipients will be treated as “difficulty of care payments.” This means that the payments are excludable from the gross income of the provider under section 131 of the tax code. In general, DSHS clients who reside in their providers’ home are eligible recipients. It is our understanding that this ruling applies to payments under these programs, regardless of the year in which they were made. If you think you qualify for the exclusion in the 2015 tax year, you may want to consult with your tax advisor or the IRS about how to claim the exclusion on your 1040 form or, if you have already filed your tax return, how to file an amended form.
Washington's Health Care Authority to implement developmental and autism screenings
Effective for claims with dates of service on and after January 1, 2016, the Health Care Authority (the agency) is implementing the developmental and autism screenings for young children as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guidelines. This change complies with Substitute Senate Bill 5317 passed in the 2015 legislative session. For Washington Apple Health clients, the agency will pay for developmental screenings at ages 9 months, 18 months, and 24 months, and autism screenings at age 18 months and 24 months. The agency will update the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Provider Guide by January 1, 2016, to reflect this change.
Advocacy & Family Support newsletter - A monthly newsletter with information about resources and activities for people supporting a loved one with a developmental disability. Click here to subscribe.
Parent Connection e-mails - Receive e-mails about issues and events affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. During the state legislative session, the Parent Connection contains updates about important issues being debated in Olympia. To subscribe, send an e-mail request to email@example.com. Click here to see a sample Parent Connection e-mail.
Washington State Legislature home page - A powerful website where you can: Learn who your state representatives are; read about bills being considered by the legislature; follow a bill as it progresses and comment on it. Click here or go to www.leg.wa.gov.
The Greatest Transition - A short video featuring three young adults whose successful transition from school to adult life is worthy of note. Click here to watch.
Podcast Discussion: Transition - Explore the important transition from youth to adulthood for people with developmental disabilities and their families with Brian Holloway of the Spokane County Parent Coalition and Sue Lani Madsen of Spot-on Media. Click here to listen.
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