Community NOW! is a statewide collaborative workgroup led by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, who participate in Medicaid home and community based services. The Workgroup allows adults with I/DD to lead discussions about adult developmental disability (DD) services under Idaho’s Medicaid DD Waiver program. It was made possible through the shared resources of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Health & Welfare.
Current Projects & Activities
Community NOW! meetings and discussions are part of the implementation of the K.W. v. Armstrong settlement agreement. The Workgroup of over 60 people bring together:
- Adults with I/DD;
- Family members who support and speak on behalf of adults with I/DD;
- Department managers and administrators;
- advocacy groups such as the DD Council, Disability Rights Idaho, The Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho;
- Medicaid service providers; and
- Representatives from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office (OAG), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).
As part of the Community Now Project, representatives from the Department of Health and Welfare, DD Council, the Office of the Attorney General, Human Services Research Institute, and the ACLU also completed in-person listening sessions in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Emmett, Caldwell, Boise, Grangeville, Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, and Ponderay. Each listening session provided wonderful opportunities to meet with, and listen to, an additional 94 adults with I/DD, 128 families, and other stakeholders who shared experiences about what is and is not working with adult DD services in Idaho. The shared stories and real life experiences from adults with I/DD and their families are key to learning what supports adults with I/DD want and need, and what barriers may keep adults with I/DD from living full and independent lives.
Publications Related to Goals & Objectives
- Community NOW! DD Service System Recommendations 2017
- Community NOW! 2018 Annual Progress Report – FEB 2019
Related Materials & Resources
- The Jack Hansen Show – Three Youtube videos related to the KW vs Armstrong Lawsuit Settlement and Community Now
- Presentation highlights from Community NOW! Report to Idaho Legislators and the Department of Health and Welfare
- Medicaid’s response to the Community NOW! Service and Support Recommendations Report
- My Choice Matters Idaho
Related Five-year Plan Goal & Objectives
Goal 1: Adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities experience improved quality in Home and Community Based Services.
- Recruit and support individuals with intellectual /developmental disabilities and family members, to participate in collaborative stakeholder meetings to review and define Home and Community-Based (HCBS) developmental disability services and develop state quality indicators by October 2020 that will affect ongoing quality assurance activities for HCBS.
- Working with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, service providers, individuals with disabilities and families, develop and implement a plan for organizational change and support staff development in person-centered practices by September 2021.