Since joining the Division of Developmental Disabilities as Director, I've heard from many of you about the DD Hub and how it has assisted providers and families in resolving Medicaid redetermination issues. The Hub was created as a pilot project and has been staffed with caseworkers on loan from IDHS Division of Family and Community Services.
By all accounts the Hub has been successful and I am pleased to announce that it will continue to operate, albeit under a slightly different structure. Effective December 1, 2019 the Division of Family and Community Services will resume responsibility for the Hub. The Hub has been expanded to five dedicated caseworkers that will solely work on Medicaid waiver redeterminations. The move to FCS will allow more streamlined operations, and the additional staff will provide even more support to the community.
We will be working closely with FCS management to assist with any training needs or other support during this transition. Providers, individuals and families will continue to have a dedicated DDD contact for questions. Derek Hedges, who has been providing supervision to Jay Bohn and the DD Hub team, will be the main contact for you moving forward as issues arise. He can be reached at (217) 782-5919. We thank Jay Bohn for all his help and support as he transitions back to his regular role within the waiver unit. More details to follow.
I am pleased to report that I received overwhelming interest in attendance for the SELN 14c/CDS facilitated meeting on December 4th. We had close to 40 providers request participation. We ultimately chose 24 providers that met the criteria and represented different regional areas within the state. I have sent invitations to these providers. If I have not reached out to your organization, unfortunately, I am unable to offer you a seat at this meeting. I believe, however, that there will be opportunities for your participation in the future. Thank you for your interest!