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Olsen Financial Meetings

Don and Pat Olsen of Olsen Financial will be presenting a series of meetings with information that will benefit families who have a special needs individual to consider in their planning. Attend one or attend them all. It’s up to you. All meetings are free of charge and will be held at 4201 N. Brady Street from 6 to 7 p.m. with respite care available upon request. Contact Carol Foster at 563-391-4834 or carolfoster@hdcmail.org to RSVP. Upcoming Meetings Wednesday, June 28th Special Needs Trust What it is Reasons to have one Who should have one Types of trusts...

J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center

The J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center has begun to take shape.  The flooring has been installed and some of the furniture is in place.  In addition to the generous gifts from The Republic Companies anniversary celebration, a grant was received from the Scott County Regional Authority to assist with the addition of some adaptive and specialized equipment.  The grand opening of the tech. center will be planned soon.  Stay tuned!      ...

New Iowa Laws

Now that summer is here and the dust has settled from the 2017 Iowa Legislative session, it is time to take stock of what transpired. What follows is a partial list of new laws that may be of interest to people with disabilities and their families or advocates. Most of these laws are effective July 1, 2017. • Health insurance plans will now be required to pay for Applied Behavior Analysis for children/youth with autism. This applies to any plans renewed or issued after January 1, 2018. • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) will be able to receive training online. • County election commissioners will be able to combine or separate precincts for any election, so voters can vote at a central location if more practical. • Voters will be required to show a photo ID or a new voter registration card when voting, and their signatures can be questioned by poll workers. While this goes into effect this July, poll workers won’t actually enforce the new ID law until January 1, 2019. • Iowans with several chronic conditions (including cancer, MS, ALS, among others) will be able to use low-THC medical cannabidiol, currently limited to people who have a severe form of epilepsy. Several dispensaries in the state will be available beginning December 1, 2018. • Caretakers who personally degrade or do things to intentionally embarrass the people under their care can now be charged with dependent adult abuse. • Hospitals will be able to more quickly evaluate and provide treatment to people who are facing commitment by allowing other mental health providers (not just doctors) to perform these...