Critical Public Meetings

Critical Public Meetings:

You Can Have an Impact Upon Georgia’s Medicaid Home and Community Based Services

In March of 2014, to ensure home- and community-based services (HCBS) are integrated, the federal government approved new rules that outline which Medicaid services can be covered and in what setting they can be provided. States are required to create “transition plans” describing the changes they will make to comply with these new regulations. As stakeholders, this is your opportunity to make a difference in the direction Georgia takes in its services.

At this meeting you will:
• Meet with Medicaid leaders to learn about important changes to HCBS
• Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and voice your concerns on current services
• Review the draft transition plan and provide critical feedback helping to shape the future of services in Georgia

Who should attend: Consumers and Family Members who receive any of the following services:
• Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP)
• New Options Waiver (NOW)
• Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)
• Elderly & Disabled Waivers
• SOURCE (Services Options Using Resources in a Community Environment)
• Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
• Georgia Pediatric Program (GAAP)

October 28, 2014- Marietta
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

The Mansour Center
995 Roswell Street NE
Marietta, GA 30060
Room: Travis Duke A
(770) 701-0315

Please indicate afternoon or evening session



November 6, 2014- Macon
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m.

Disability Connections
170 College Street
Macon GA 31201
Conference Room
(478) 741-1425

Please indicate afternoon or evening session
November 13, 2014 Athens
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m

The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas Street
Athens GA 30601
Room: Empire Room 1
(706) 357-4444

Please indicate afternoon or evening session
November 18, 2014 Fayetteville
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 7:00p.m. -8:30p.m.

The Lafayette Educational Center- Building D
205 Lafayette Avenue
Fayetteville GA 30214
Room: Media Center
(770) 460-3990

Please indicate afternoon or evening session

Hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Health

For more detailed information on HCBS, please visit:

Amendment 2

On the November 2014 ballot a proposed Amendment to the Georgia Constitution will impose a surcharge on reckless driving fines to support Georgia citizens who have suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.  If you would like to learn more, click here.

SILC Board Member Receives Recognition

Our own, Debbie McDonald, was presented with the Anne Sullivan Award for her work with individuals with disabilities. It was presented by the Albany Lions Club. Good work, Debbie,

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Thank You, Senator Tom Harkin

Thank you, Senator Tom Harkin for standing strong

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in support of United States leadership and global disability rights supporting the CRPD. #ISupportCRPD


United Spinal Assn


AbleRoad – the website and smartphone app that connects people with accessible places is looking for 100 enthusiastic reviewers from the United States interested in telling others about their positive and negative accessibility experiences at restaurants, stores, theaters, hotels, airports, sports facilities, professional offices, and just about any place.

If you’re interested in sharing information about the accessibility of your community or places you travel with wheelchair users and others with disabilities while advocating for more access and exposing wrongdoing with the possibility of a financial reward, email AbleRoad’s CEO Kevin McGuire at

Imagine a reliable source for access information before you step out your door.

  • Financial rewards are available to those who care about access to public facilities
  • AbleRoad is website and app which posts your reviews on the accessibility of any public space or business
  • The app is available is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle
  • AbleRoad makes Yelp and AbleRoad ratings available on the same screen

Kevin McGuire, a wheelchair user himself, wants you to help him help others with disabilities by acknowledging businesses that provide excellent service and access and alerts you to those that don’t.


James Weisman
EVP & General Counsel
United Spinal Association

Resources for Families Who Have Children With Special Needs


Resources for Families Who Have Children With Special Needs


PFC works exclusively with families who have children with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Physical Disabilities, and Developmental Disorders. Our goal is to make the process of locating, hiring, and retaining specialized care for

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Proxy Caregiving Information

There was a bill passed a few years ago through the Georgia State Legislature that allows for proxy caregivers to be trained to carry out things like bowel, bladder and trach care.  To find out more about this very important issue, click here.

Georgia Appleseed’s New Video: Changing Directions: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

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How to protect vulnerable children from credit reporting problems

In an effort to better protect children in foster care from credit reporting problems that could compromise their future credit, we’re publishing action letters for child welfare caseworkers to use if they find errors on the credit reports of the children in their care. The letters apply to both minors and older youth over 18 who remain in foster care.
Check out the action letters:

We’re also publishing tip sheets for parents and foster care caseworkers to help young people start and maintain good credit. For caseworkers, it provides instructions on how to check the credit records of youth in foster care and respond to errors or evidence of identity theft. For parents, the tip sheet explains how they can check to see if their children have a credit report and what to do if their children’s credit has been compromised.

Check out the tip sheets:

We hope you’ll find these materials useful and that you will share these with your colleagues.

Thank you,
Sarah Bainton Kahn
Office of Financial Empowerment
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau