Assessment Tool Update

The Department of Health and Welfare is picking a new assessment tool. This tool would replace the SIB-R. There was a meeting about it last month, in November. We gave an update about that meeting already.

Now we have a new update. The Human Services Research Institute, or HSRI, led the meeting in November. HSRI is the independent expert that the Department is working with under the settlement agreement. HSRI now has a report about that meeting. HSRI gave the report to the Department of Health and Welfare. The Department of Health and Welfare will now decide which new assessment tool to pick.

You can look at the report:

First page of the HSRI report about assessment tools

First page of the HSRI report about assessment tools

The report explains what happened at that meeting in November. It explains the things that the Department of Health and Welfare wants for the new assessment tool. It explains how the people at the meeting gave scores to the assessment tool choices.

The report explains that the people at the meeting picked the Supports Intensity Scale, or SIS, as the best choice.

The Department of Health and Welfare has not made a final choice. It might pick the SIS, but it still could pick something else. We will let you know when we find out what the Department picks.

New Email Lists

Do you want to get updates like these by email? Or are you an adult in the Idaho Medicaid DD program who wants to chat with other adults about changes to the program?

We have made two new email lists. One is open to everybody. We will share news and updates about the changes to the adult DD program. That list is called "KW News." "KW" is the name of the lawsuit about the program. It is called KW because those are the initials of one of the adults in the program who started the lawsuit.

Follow this link to join the KW News email list, open to everybody.

The other email list is just for adults in the DD program. If you are in the program and want someone to help you use the email list, the person you choose can join the list, too. On this list, called "Our Health," you can talk with other adults in the program about the changes that are coming.

Follow this link to join the Our Health email list, open to adults in the DD program and the people they choose to help them use the list.

If you have any trouble getting on the lists, just contact us and we can help you out.

Assessment Tool Meeting

There was an meeting to pick a new assessment tool this past Wednesday, November 2, 2016. It was at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The Human Services Research Institute, or HSRI, led the meeting. HSRI is the independent expert that the Department is working with under the settlement agreement.

At the meeting, HSRI talked about three assessment tools. The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS), the Inventory for Client Agency and Planning (ICAP), and the interRAI. The people at the meeting rated each of them in several areas.

Then HSRI used the ratings to rank the three tools: The SIS came in first. Then the interRAI. And the ICAP, which is based on the SIB-R, came in last.

Next, HSRI will write up a memo about the meeting. Then the Department will decide what it will do.

Do you have an opinion about the tool? Please let us know!

Here is more information about the meeting and the tools:

Picking a new assessment tool

In the adult DD program, you get assessed each year. The assessor meets with somebody who knows you well. The assessor uses a standard assessment tool. Right now, that tool is called the SIB-R.

This week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is meeting to pick a new assessment tool. It will probably not be the SIB-R. Three choices it will consider are:

1. The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS).

2. The Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP). The ICAP is based on the SIB-R.

3. The interRAI.

Others have compared these tools. You can find some reviews and comparisons using web search engines like Google.

What do you think the new assessment tool should be? Please let us know. The ACLU will be attending a meeting with IDHW about it this week. Please let us know what you think before Wednesday, November 2, 2016, if you can.

Court gives preliminary approval to Idaho adult DD program changes

The court gave “preliminary approval” to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare agreement that will bring big changes to the Idaho adult DD program. Preliminary approval means that the Department now has to notify everyone in the program about the changes. If you are in the program, you will get a notice in the mail this fall. Read the notice carefully. On January 12, 2017, the court will hold a hearing to decide whether to finally approve the changes.

Learn more about the changes on the Q&A page.

Read the court’s preliminary approval and the settlement agreement document.