Workshop on APD Waiting list

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Contact: Melanie Mowry Etters
Communication Director
850-414-7551

Workshop on APD Waiting list

TALLAHASSEE, FL— The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
will host a workshop on February 18 in Tallahassee to discuss the
waiting list prioritization for individuals who are waiting to
receive Home and Community-Based Services through the APD Medicaid
waiver.

The meeting will take place at 1317 Winewood Boulevard,
Building 4, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free parking is available. APD
Director Barbara Palmer will kick off the meeting and lead the
discussion.

For the first time in eight years, Governor Rick Scott is
recommending $36 million to serve people on the APD waiver waiting
list as part of his Florida Families First budget. If the funding is
approved by the Legislature, the agency wants to be able to enroll
the new individuals on July 1 when the funding becomes available.

This workshop is to discuss and develop possible criteria to
help the agency enroll those most in need of services with the money
available. There will be input and suggestions on the prioritization
of the seven waiting list categories as defined in the Florida
Statute s. 393.065(5). Attendees will breakup into workgroups to
develop recommendations for factors that should be considered. The
public is encouraged to attend.

Those who are unable to attend may send their thoughts and
suggestions on the waiting list to Deputy Director of Programs Denise
Arnold, 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live,
learn, and work in their communities. The agency annually serves
more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina
bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi
syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with
Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1-866-APD-CARES
(1-866-273-2273).

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