Events and Messages Board

Power of Rural Conference

May 17-18 and 24-25

Conference page website:

The Power of Rural virtual healthcare conference will be held May 17 & 18 and May 24 & 25 from 11:45 – 4:00 p.m. each day.

The conference will allow council members to gain information on the landscape of Wyoming healthcare, interact with professionals across the state, and learn about topics impacting Wyoming. The conference is sponsored by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, Equality State Research Network, the Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, and the Wyoming Primary Care Association.

For more information, email


Mini-Grants Now Available for Wyoming programs supporting children and youth with special health care needs

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), through the Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, is seeking applications from organizations interested in providing support services to families and children with special health care needs to help build and maintain positive, healthy relationships within their family and their communities.

Mini-grants in the amount $2500-$5000 will be awarded to support programs.

To learn more about the mini-grants, visit

Below is also a document providing additional information about the grant that is available for download.


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

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

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.

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