Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

NWVCIL Volunteers Rally in Washington DC

The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living is an advocacy resource center for persons with disabilities and the communities in which they live, not a social service agency. What's the difference? We don't do for people; we do a lot with people. We want our consumer to be independent, not dependent on us for their independence. We do all that is possible to ensure that consumers have the skills and information they need to make informed choices and assist communities to better meet the needs of their citizens with disabilities.

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Listening Sessions to Learn About How West Virginians Access Information and Assistance with Long Term Services and Supports

 

The Bureau of Senior Services, Bureau for Medical Services, Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities, and the Developmental Disabilities Council received a federal grant to develop a plan for making  it easier for people in West Virginia to find information about long-term services and supports, get help identifying options and making decisions, and accessing needed services. They want to hear from YOU about what is working well in West Virginia right now and what does not work well right now. Your stories and experiences will help us make sure the State’s plan addresses the right parts of the system and will  help improve everyone’s ability to access services.

 

Who?

People with disabilities and/or older adults who are using or who need long term services and supports and their families. This includes people who use mental health and substance addiction services; people and families who use developmental disability services or intellectual disability services; people with physical disabilities; people who have traumatic brain injuries, etc.

Service providers: if you provide information, counseling, and/or direct services to older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, we’d like to hear from you.

 

What?

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and answer questions such as:

·         How did you learn about these services? 

·         Did someone help you consider different options and make decisions about what to do?

·         What do you think would make the process of accessing services easier for people in West Virginia?

 

Where and When?

Morgantown, July 8, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 4:30 – 6:30 pm

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities

959 Hartman Run Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

 

Elkins, July 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Hampton Inn Elkins

480 Plantation Drive, Elkins, WV 26241

We will also be collecting feedback online from July 13-27 to hear from people who are not able to attend in person.

 

Why?

To create a better system for all West Virginians that includes suggestions and recommendations from West Virginians!

 

RSVP!

We will provide light refreshments. Please tell us if you’re coming so we can plan for the right number of people. Please call or email Betsy Dilla at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703-269-5574 by Monday, July 6. Space is limited!

 

 

2nd Annual Path to Independence and ADA Legacy Tour Celebration - May 2nd, 2015!

 

Mark your calendars!  May 2nd, 2015 the Northern WV Center for Independent Living will be hosting the ADA Legacy Tour Bus celebrating 25 years of ADA!

 

Click here to download the informational flyer!

Click here to download the vendor registration form!

 

Check back regularly for more details, and remember to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

 

 


 

 

IDD Waiver Changes Call to Action

 

The Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver 5 year renewal application is available for public comment until 5:00 p.m. on April 24, 2015. 

 

There are many proposed changes to the new Waiver application that will not be beneficial to our consumers.  The proposed changes are balancing the budgets on the backs of persons with disabilities. Long term institutional care is not cost saving and these changes may force families to make very difficult decisions regarding the care of their loved ones.  Cutting hours/services does not demonstrate the states commitment to rebalancing the long term care system or compliance with the states Olmstead Plan.  Individuals have been attempting to find the logic for all these cuts. Continued cuts will force individuals into institutional settings which is a direct violation of the Olmstead plan.  If you have not yet had the chance to review the proposed changes please take a moment to do so at:

http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bms/hcbs/idd/Pages/default.aspx

 

If you need an accessible format of the document you can contact 304-356-4892.

 

We urge individuals to please go to the following link to the sign the petition against these changes:

http://fairshake.org/iddwaiverpetition.html

 

Take Action:

You can email comments to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Regular mail comments to: The WV Bureau of Medical Services, COBS Unit, 350 Capitol Street, Room 251, Charleston, WV 25301

Contact your legislatures: http://www.governor.wv.gov/Pages/SubmitaCommenttotheGovernor.aspx

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/membership_directory_2015.pdf

 

-         Explain how these changes will impact you and your family as recipients of the I/DD Waiver.

-         Explain that cuts to the existing I/DD Waiver Program would be especially harmful to people with significant disabilities and their families. I know this event number probably has no reflection on the actual amount of people who will show up, but I would love to see it hit 500! If people can come down from Morgantown, surely my friends and family can come locally.

 

I need you....Bailey needs you....they ALL NEED YOU!!! There is pure power in numbers and we have GOT to make the Governor understand these folks NEED these services! No institutions for West Virginians!!

 

Please...please...please come out and stand with us! Do NOT let them cut their lifelines!!!!

 

I know this event number probably has no reflection on the actual amount of people who will show up, but I would love to see it hit 500! If people can come down from Morgantown, surely my friends and family can come locally.

 

I need you....Bailey needs you....they ALL NEED YOU!!! There is pure power in numbers and we have GOT to make the Governor understand these folks NEED these services! No institutions for West Virginians!!

 

Please...please...please

 

We will be available on Monday April 13th throughout the day at the Morgantown location (601-3 East Brockway Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501) to answer any questions and to offer assistance with public comments.  Please feel free to call with any questions or stop by for more information.  Group sessions will be available at 10:30 am and 2 pm for anyone interested in sitting down to discuss changes in more details. 

 

We will be available on Friday April 17th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Elkins Office (109 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241) to answer any questions and to offer assistance with public comments.  Please feel free to call with any questions or stop by for more information. A group session will be available at 1 pm for anyone interested in sitting down to discuss changes in more details.  

 


 

ADA Legacy Tour May 2, 2015!

Mark your calendars!  May 2nd, 2015 the Northern WV Center for Independent Living will be hosting the ADA Legacy Tour Bus celebrating 25 years of ADA!  Check back regularly for more details, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

 


 

First Annual Path to Independence Festival! May 31st!

 

Click here for The REGISTRATION FORM

Click here for THE FLYER

Click here for THE INVITATION LETTER

Click here for THE BROCHURE

Click here for the YARD SALE FLYER


 

Fight! Make a Difference!

The Fair Housing Action Network is recruiting volunteer testers to help fight housing discrimination.

NWVCIL recently was awarded another FHIP grant from the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development. Through this grant award NWVCIL is establishing a testing program. Testing is a legal means used to determine if unequal or discriminatory treatment is taking place. Volunteer testers pose as potential renters or buyers of apartments or homes, and document their experiences. The Fair Housing Action Network’s testing coordinator will then compare the experiences of people searching for housing to determine if discrimination is occurring. We need volunteer testers of all genders, races, colors, religions, national origins, and abilities. If you are interested in combating housing discrimination, please volunteer. Testers will be compensated $50 per completed test.

To make a difference, call:

The Fair Housing Action Network (headquartered at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living)

304-296-6091

or e-mail:

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Stay Informed!

Follow Claire and the Fair Housing Initiative on twitter: twitter.com/#!/wvfairhousing

 


 

Meet New Friends!

The Center has several group meetings every week! There's a Support for Wellness Group, Self-Advocacy Support System, and more! Contact Paulette for more info at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or at 304-296-6091

 


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