Arizona Hosts Idaho Delegation

Larry Clausen, Executive Director
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

DDNN Summer 2014

May 1st meeting at ADDPC Offices: staff, Council members and Idaho delegationThis past February I received an interesting telephone call. Christine Pisani, Executive Director for the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, contacted me to discuss the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) model. Arizona’s approach to dispensing and managing care to persons with developmental disabilities as ALTCS members had caught Idaho's attention and they wanted to learn more. As in many states, Idaho is seeking improvements to their Medicaid system with an emphasis on sustainability, flexibility and individualized care. Much of the interest is being driven by a mix of stakeholders acting as a steering committee of the Collaborative Workgroup on Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Turns out that this group didn't want to gather information by long-distance but wanted to visit Arizona and see for themselves how our managed-care system worked. So, beginning in February, Christine and I began to lay plans for an early May visit to engage the Idaho delegation with those who run and use the system, including the Division on Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), advocates and beneficiaries.

Lunch with Idaho delegation and self-advocates.May 1st was a "D-Day" of sorts as the Idaho group spent a busy morning meeting with DDD and AHCCCS. Lunch was held at the Council offices where our Council members and staff shared pizza, information and insights on issues facing our respective states (pictured above). The delegation then went off on other visits, including stops at the office of Raising Special Kids and a meal with self-advocates and ALTCS beneficiaries (pictured left).