2017-2021 State Plan Comments

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The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities (GCPD) has drafted its 2017-2021 State Plan and is accepting comments from people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, advocates, stakeholders, and the public on its five-year state plan goals and objectives. 

The Council is required to create a five-year strategic state plan in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act to address the availability of services, supports, and other assistance for individuals with disabilities and their families in the state. The plan also includes objectives for enhancing people's lives through training, community education, and support. The state plan provides the basic framework for how Council funds will be used and what activities the Council will be involved in.

Work began on the 2017-2021 State Plan in December, 2014 where nearly 250 people with disabilities and members of the public gathered at the Council’s Conference for People with Disabilities for a town hall in order to have a frank and open conversation about topics such as health care, transportation, employment, education, and community support. Four additional town halls were held in 2015 in Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Fishers, and Indianapolis.  Three additional community forums were held in Muncie, Lafayette, and Gary. Simultaneously, the Council completed a nearly year-long comprehensive review and needs assessment on topics such as health care, employment, informal and formal community supports, Medicaid waivers, to name just a few.  The Council also conducted a statewide “Focus on the Indiana Disability Plan” poll involving more than 400 participants. The results of these efforts were analyzed and discussed by the Council’s board throughout the process. 

The proposed goals and objectives were drafted by the 21-member board, which advocates for policy changes that promote independence, productivity, and inclusion for people with disabilities. The plan includes five goals recommending increased self-directed community support and engagement; increased integrated employment; reduction of health disparities; improved transportation access; and the promotion of full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. 

The Council is seeking wide ranging input on the goals and objectives listed below. Your feedback is critical as the Council finalizes its priority areas and focus objectives in order to implement the 2017-2021 State Plan. 

The Council will review all comments received during the 45-day comment period and consider them as possible additions to the state plan. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on July 25, 2016.

Thank you for your help as we plan for the Council’s activities over the next five years. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Council office at 317-232-7770.