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Based on the State of Wyoming's current guidelines, we will continue to fulfill our commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families in Wyoming, but with some limitations. Our programs and services will remain in operation; please feel free to call us at (307) 777-7230 or email us at wgcdd@wyo.gov. Unfortunately, the Council office is not currently open for in-person visits at this time. We will continue to provide updates here on our website, on our list serve, and our Facebook page.

The Council and Council Staff's focus will always be to seek, advocate, and educate individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Wyoming.

Please feel free to share any information posted on this site related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Thank you for your generous understanding during this time.


Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) information from various agencies and organizations can be found below




Wyoming 2-1-1 and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) are partnering to provide a public telephone helpline for COVID-19 questions and information.


Wyoming 2-1-1 is a statewide helpline which provides free, confidential information and referrals to health and human services. By dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state of Wyoming, people are linked to information about COVID-19 as well as local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies.


2-1-1 is available Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:00PM. Service is available statewide by dialing 2-1-1 or 888-425-7138 during normal business hours. Callers requesting information outside standard business hours may leave a voicemail message and will receive a follow-up call the next business day.

Wyoming 2-1-1 also connects callers to other health and human services in their community. Many of these resources may also be needed by Wyoming residents at this time.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates for DD Waiver Services



Updates for participants, providers, and family members of people receiving Comprehensive and Supports Waiver Services

DD Section Weekly COVID-19 Update Call

Thursdays – 3pm

https://uwyo.zoom.us/j/988578187

Meeting ID: 988 578 187

(669) 900-6833 or (646) 558-8656

  • dd.providers@wyo.gov – Providers should use this email address to submit questions related to provider concerns and challenges related to COVID-19.
  • dd.casemanagers@wyo.gov – Case managers should use this email address to submit questions related to participant and team concerns and challenges related to COVID-19.
  • dd.waivers@wyo.gov – General questions related to COVID-19 may be submitted to this email address. Please remember that the Public Health Division is the State of Wyoming expert related to COVID-19.



March 25, 2020


In response to the continuing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Division of Healthcare Financing (Division) will implement the following temporary flexibilities for providers of Developmental Disabilities Waiver services:

  • Effective March 13, 2020, and until further notice, participants who require hospitalization will be allowed to receive the following services in a hospital setting when the participant requires these services for communication, behavioral stabilization, or intensive personal care needs:
    • Adult Day Services
    • Community Living Services
    • Companion Services
    • Personal Care Services
  • Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Division will extend provider certification renewals for all providers through June 30, 2020. Providers will receive notification of their updated expiration dates, and will receive notification regarding certification renewal deadlines per Chapter 45, Section 28 of the Department of Health’s Medicaid Rules. This temporary extension of provider certification renewals also applies to renewal activity in process. Providers will be expected to remain in compliance with all documentation standards, reporting requirements, and other provisions established in Chapter 45 of the Department of Health’s Medicaid Rules.
  • Effective March 13, 2020, and until further notice, a participant’s right to have visitors of their choosing at any time may be temporarily restricted in the following circumstances:
    • The participant has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19;
    • The participant is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test; or
    • The participant has had direct contact with an individual who is presumed to have COVID-19.

This right’s restriction must be lifted immediately upon clearance from the participant’s licensed medical professional or notification that the risk of contracting COVID-19 has passed. The participant’s IPC will not need to be updated to reflect this right’s restriction. Documentation of the date the restriction was imposed, the reason the restriction was imposed, and the date the restriction was removed must be included in case manager and provider documentation.

  • Effective March 17, 2020, and until further notice, the flexibility that the Division has already implemented to allow participants to receive Adult Day and Community Support Services in the home only requires the approval of the participant and, if applicable, the legally authorized representative. This approval must be obtained in writing (i.e., email, written note, text message) by either the case manager or provider, and must include the reason for the change in settings and the date the approval is effective. Services in the home may be provided prior to the written documentation being obtained as long as verbal approval has been given. The IPC does not need to be updated, but the written documentation of the approval must be available to the Division upon request. All other criteria for the flexibility, as outlined in the Flexibilities Document found on the COVID-19 Updates for Waiver Servicespage of the Division website, remain in effect.

If you have questions regarding the information contained in this bulletin, please contact your area Provider or Participant Support Specialist. This contact information, as well as additional resources, can be found on the Division website.


WIND COVID-19 UPDATE

Aligned with the University of Wyoming guidelines, programs and activities of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) continue, but with some limitations. Our faculty and staff are now working remotely. Please contact us as you normally would via e-mail or phone; in-person visits are suspended until further notice. WIND project specific updates will be available on those webpages. Please visit the WIND A – Z Directory to locate a specific project or program.

WIND continues to be committed to serving individuals with disabilities and their families in Wyoming. Please feel free to use and share this information, written by and for people with developmental disabilities, explaining what the COVID-19 virus is, why communities are changing how people interact, and how to take precautions.

Contact us through video conferencing technology for:


AT Q & A: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday between 10:30-11:30 a.m.

If you have any questions about distance learning or what technology is available for students and teachers related to COVID-19, we are here to help!


Open Labs: Wednesday and Thursday between 2-4 p.m.

Increase your understanding and knowledge of WATR services that are available to Wyoming residents, such as our device loan program

or our device reuse program.


Connect from your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android using this link:

https://zoom.us/j/547279238

WATR staff will be available by phone or email during regular business hours.


(307) 766-6187 | watr@uwyo.edu





June 25 & 26, 2020

Calling all Presenters!!

Click here to apply!


FIVE-YEAR-PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Every five years, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities travels the state of Wyoming to speak to communities about gaps in services for people with developmental disabilities. This feedback is used to build the Council’s Five-Year Plan, which is what drives everything the Council does.

Click HERE for the online feedback form if you missed our listening session. Please give us a call if you have an questions or concerns.


2020 Census Information

What is the Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Why is the Count Conducted?

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

What is My Role in the Census?

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.



2020 Timeline

  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 - 20: Household will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.
  • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

· Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Want to be a member of the WGCDD?

The Council is a unique, governor-appointed body of people with developmental disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote choice, independence and the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.

Click here to see a list of current members.

If you would like to apply to be a member of the council, please contact Shannon Buller:

307-777-7332


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.

ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save for disability-related expenses.

Visit www.wyable.com for more information, or click here for a quick facts sheet.


Check back for future Facebook live interactive sessions about WYABLE!!


This December will mark the 5th anniversary of the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which created tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities who have a disability before age 26. Since 2014, over 50,000 individuals have opened ABLE accounts. Unfortunately, millions of people with disabilities aren't eligible for ABLE accounts because they did not acquire their disability before age 26. So as we are celebrating this anniversary, we are urging Congress to pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 651, H.R. 1814). The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make six million more people with disabilities eligible to open an ABLE account. It would also greatly enhance the sustainability of all ABLE programs nationwide.