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February 3, 2014
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Summer Leadership Training for Students with Disabilities
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 for YLF!

Once a year, rising high school juniors and seniors can apply to become a delegate for the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). Although applications are due by March 31student-walking-hallway.jpgthe YLF occurs in the summer--this year it will be held July 28-Aug.1 at Virginia Commonwealth University.

If you know of a student with a disability who is motivated, and wants to learn not only leadership skills but also is interested in advocacy, history, and improving the lives of people with disabilities, share the link to the video on You Tube at andthe application, which can be downloaded at

YLF PinsTwenty-five students from across Virginia will be chosen to attend. The application, which requires two letters of reference and a signature page, is due no later than March 31, so students should begin the process right away. All expenses of the YLF are paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, so spread the word!


Council Connections is now a blog instead of a newsletter

You may have wondered what happened to the Board's quarterly has been replaced by a blog! On the website, you can find the blog's latest posts on ourhome page, or visit This new format allows you to tag and find information quickly, so check it out--and as always, feel free to send us feedback.


Parent of a young child with a developmental disability? Self-advocate? Apply Now to Be a Partner in Policymaking 


Only 30 people will be accepted into this exciting, intense training program--where adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with DD hear from national experts and gain knowledge and skills to improve their advocacy efforts.


PIP (also known as Partners) is held in Richmond from September-May. Recruitment is now open for the 2014-2015 class; applications (download at plus three letters of reference must be received by April 30. You can hear from some of the hundreds of graduates via a 2 minute video.


And with all expenses of the training paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, it's an investment in your future.


Streamlining Waivers: My Life, My Community

As of January 2014, the second phase of My Life, My Community has begun. This will involve a cost study to review service reimbursement rates and result, most likely, in a revised rate schedule. In addition, DBHDS and DMAS will explore options for developing fair and reliable means resource allocation. DBHDS is hopeful that a new waiver system will be implemented in January 2016.


There are several parts to the process, including HCBS Waiver Analysis, Public Forum and Interview Results, andPublic Comments. DBHDS is committed to being good listeners, good partners and good stewards of the public resources entrusted to the agency.


DBHDS is dedicated to a system re-design that truly provides opportunity for citizens to receive the supports they need to live full lives in the community.


You can read the full letter from the Commissioner, which discusses the feedback of more than 1,000 stakeholders who attended public forums, and download the HSRI reports at 


Comments about the report can be e-mailed to


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