We are moving forward with new training opportunities at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. In the next few months, we will be introducing you to TRAIN Florida, APD’s Learning Management System. Our goal is to launch the TRAIN Florida LMS by spring 2016. We will keep you updated on our progress. This is an exciting new opportunity for APD. TRAIN Florida is your ticket to SUCCESS!! To learn more, Click Here.
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- Northwest-2 Family Care Council Proudly Presents Kathie Snow, Author of Disability is Natural. Friday/Saturday - February 19-20
The members of the Florida Care Council have finalized their plans for the Kathie Snow presentations to be held in the Fellowship Hall at Faith Presbyterian Church February 19 and February 20, 2016. A flyer is attached giving the details. The presentations are free, but you need to pre-register to attend please. Pre-registered attendees will receive certificates of participation at the event with appropriate CEU’s. To learn more, Click Here.
- This month, Governor Rick Scott issued the attached proclamation recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Governor Rick Scott recommended a $1.7 million increase in this year’s Florida First budget to expand services for adolescent victims of human trafficking. Governor Scott also signed four bills into law that recently went into effect that raise awareness of the signs of human trafficking, protect survivors from further exploitation, and establish harsher punishment against perpetrators. View the bill here.
- Be sure to check out the FCIC's Florida Symposium on Aging with Developmental Disabilities. The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is pleased to bring this important day-long symposium on the critical topic of aging with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities are benefitting from an increased life expectancy. However, families, providers, and professionals, may not be fully aware of the supports and resources that are needed to ensure continued quality of life in older adulthood. To learn more about the event, see the event flyer.
- Home Care Rule Update - The federal Department of Labor adopted the Home Care Rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to most home care workers. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is responsible for having a process available for any person whose service hours would be reduced as a result of the rule and is at risk of institutionalization. Waiver Support Coordinators must notify APD immediately if they encounter a customer whose service needs are not being met. As part of this process, APD will determine if there are other waiver services which would help the individual remain in the community. APD will continue to monitor this process to ensure that our customers are receiving the care they need.
The legislature will determine if rates will change for the types of services affected by the DOL rule. To learn more visit the DOL website at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare.
- Please read APD's guidance for changes to the Adults with Disabilities program. The agency will work to assist as many people as possible who are eligible for APD services.
- Governor Scott has signed a bill into law creating a task force to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Florida. APD will be a member of the task force, representing the employment needs of workers and job seekers with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit http://careersourceflorida.com/wioa and read CareerSource Florida’s news release.
If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.
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