Visit and check out recordings from the virtual events and also artist submissions that we received for 2021 to continue our focus of celebrating the arts during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 and provides additional Federal relief to address the continued impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. It is intended, in part, to support states in enhancing services for individuals who are eligible for long-term care and home and community-based services (HCBS), including participants of the Comprehensive, Supports, and Community Choices Waiver.

Section 9817 of ARPA addresses additional support provided to Medicaid HCBS during the COVID–19 emergency. The law includes a provision to increase the federal reimbursement for Medicaid HCBS by 10% percent from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. According to this Section, in order to be eligible to receive the increase, the State must use the Federal funds to supplement, and not supplant, the level of State funds expended for HCBS programs in effect as of April 1, 2021. Additionally, the State must implement, or supplement the implementation of, one or more activities to enhance, expand, or strengthen HCBS under the State Medicaid program.

To review ARPA in its entirety, please visit

For further information, contact the Wyoming Department of Health, Divisions of Healthcare Financing, HCBS Section at (307) 777-7531

The 66th General Session reconvened January 27, 2021

To view bills the Council is monitoring, visit

For a calendar and links to live sessions, visit

For a full list of bills, visit

Message from ACL:

For Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, ACL has released a Spanish translation of the DD Act.

The law funds programs across the country that support and empower people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Para el Mes de Concientización sobre las Discapacidades del Desarrollo, ACL está lanzando la traducción en español de La ley de Discapacidades del Desarrollo, “DD Act” (por sus iniciales en inglés). El DD Act financia programas en todo el país que apoyan y empoderan a las personas con discapacidades del desarrollo y sus familias.

For more information, visit the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 page of the ACL website.

WIND Family Forum Link - The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities conducted Family Forum on potential impacts on budget reductions on Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waiver Services. Click the link below to view information and recording sessions as well as provide input from the Family Forum that was conducted at the end of January.

WIND Family Forum Page Link

Wyoming Department of Health Public Health - Click below to view information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Wyoming.

Wyoming Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information Link

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush singed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, expanding equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of this historic law. Many Wyoming organizations, as well as individuals, are celebrating the anniversary through various electronic platforms and venues.

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ABLE accounts create tax-advantaged investment accounts for people with disabilities.

ABLE accounts allow individuals to contribute up to $15,000 per year without losing government benefits.

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