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The Arc Williamson County
129 West Fowlkes Street,
Franklin, TN 37064
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Self-Referral Forms Expected to be Available for the
Katie Beckett Program beginning November 23
|The Division of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced the state’s new Katie Beckett Program has received federal approval and expects to begin taking self-referral forms on November 23, 2020. |
TennCare received the approval for both Parts A and B of the Katie Beckett Program from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 2, 2020.
The Katie Beckett Program is a program for children with disabilities and/or complex medical needs who are not currently Medicaid eligible because of their parent’s income or assets. Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program has two parts. Part A provides Medicaid services to children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs. Part B is a Medicaid diversion program, which means children will not be enrolled in Medicaid, but will receive a capped package of supports of up to $10,000 annually to help meet his or her needs.
The program design reflects extensive input from families and other stakeholders, who asked for a program that would allow them the flexibility to choose from an array of service options, assist with co-pays and insurance premiums, and include reimbursement for both traditional and non-traditional therapies.
Currently, almost 700 families have indicated their interest in applying for the program. DIDD and TennCare will be sending notification informing them the program will soon be ready to take applications.
Families who are interested in applying will be able to fill out a self-referral form on the TennCare Connect website starting on November 23. A DIDD case manager will contact them to follow up and continue the assessment process. DIDD and TennCare expect a high volume of applications in the first days and will work as quickly as possible to process the applications.
The Katie Beckett Program was passed and funded by the General Assembly with extensive support and signed into law by Governor Lee in May 2019. DIDD and TennCare have spent the past year and half gathering stakeholder input, designing the program, hiring and training case managers, and developing systems to ensure timely implementation after CMS approval.
Find more information about the Katie Beckett Program at: https://www.tn.gov/didd/katie-beckett-waiver.html and https://www.tn.gov/tenncare/long-term-services-supports/katie-beckett-waiver.html
Pandemic/Flu Emergency Kits
|The Arc has approximately 50 Emergency Pandemic/Flu Kits to donate to individuals with a disability or families with an individual with a disability. The kits contain disposable face masks, Tylenol, disposable gloves, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. If you are interested in receiving one email Sharon at email@example.com or call 615-790-5815, ext. 3. |
|In 1992, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation establishing a statewide Family Support Program. Statewide funding for this program is determined by our state legislators on a yearly basis. The program is administered by the State of Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and managed in Williamson County by The Arc Williamson County. The program is designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities by providing financial assistance and community resource information. Services provided include but are not limited to reimbursement for day care, respite care, specialized supplies, home and vehicle modifications, and equipment.|
Applications are accepted any time throughout the year but if you are applying after March 31, and your are found eligible, you will most likely be placed on a waiting list as completed applications for the following fiscal year are due by March 31st every year. Completed applications include a completed, signed Intake Form and the necessary proofs-disability, citizenship and residency. The Intake/Application Form and our handbook can be found on our website at www.thearcwc.org or by contacting Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3.
If you live outside of Williamson County you can call 615-532-6552 to find out what agency administers the Family Support Program in your area.