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Information for Carlton Palms Families

If you're looking for information from providers across the state of Florida, be sure to check out the Choosing the Right Home Booklet.

News Release on Carlton Palms Closure

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members declared the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida during the March 7 Cabinet meeting. Click Here to watch the video.

Looking for a Job in Florida?

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is looking for top quality employees. Apply for positions with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities here:

Disaster Preparedness

If you have questions about disaster preparedness, visit Florida Division of Emergency Management. Please note the Emergency Management website now has a new design format. For extreme cold information and preparedness, Click Here. Check out Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide on Also check out the Florida Special Needs Registry to receive important information from local emergency management officials. For recovery efforts information, visit Governor Scott's website.
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The Agency Supports Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Living,
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Other News & Announcements

  • APD will be represented at the inaugural Community Outreach of Resources and Education (C.O.R.E.) Resource Fair hosted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Prevention and Victim Services. The event will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library in Tallahassee.

  • Important Notice on Agency for Persons with Disabilities Regarding Security Breach

  • Important Notice to Agency for Persons with Disabilities Customers Regarding Security Breach

  • Aviso importante para la Agencia para Personas con Discapacidades Clientes con respecto a la violación de seguridad

  • Avi enpòtan pou Ajans pou Moun ak Andikap Kliyan konsènan vyolasyon sekirite

  • The Empower Florida conference is coming up on May 25-26! If you are an iBudget waiver provider or an ALF owner, you do not want to miss this opportunity to learn about the business development resources available to you! Learn more and register here:

  • Be sure to visit the Bright Expectations website. The site is dedicated to provide resources and information on several developmental disabilities. Pregnant women, health care providers, and families can learn how to help individuals with developmental disabilities through evaluations and intervention services.

  • The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goals of the program are to include Floridians of all ages with disabilities in all the Department of Health’s programs and activities for health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and disaster preparedness. The DHP also works with individuals with disabilities, their families, their health care providers, other state agencies, and interested stakeholders to meet its goals. Learn More Here...

  • The Division of Disability Determinations is responsible for making the determination of medical eligibility for Florida citizens who apply for disability benefits under the federal Social Security Administration disability programs (Social Security Disability-Title II and Supplemental Security Income-Title XVI), and under the state Medically Needy program. It is also responsible for the periodic Continuing Disability Review (CDR) of all SSA disability beneficiaries to determine if they continue to meet medical eligibility criteria. Learn More Here...
  • The Florida Lifespan Respite (FLRA) is asking for your assistance. The FLRA is a coalition of individuals and organizations concerned with the issue of respite care in the state of Florida. FLRA is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of aging and disabilities professionals, caregivers, and community leaders seeking to promote awareness about respite and identify new respite resources around the state. FLRA advocates for improvement and advancement in all aspects of respite care. You can learn more about FLRA at In an effort to be better informed about the challenges of family caregivers around the state, the FLRA is asking that caregivers who provide care to their loved ones (paid or unpaid) complete the following Respite Needs Assessment at The survey is anonymous, so your identity will not be disclosed by completing the survey. However, completing the survey will be helpful to promoting the improvement and expansion of respite care resources.

  • Able United announces fees will be waived until 2018! With the one year anniversary of ABLE United fast approaching, we are pleased to announce that account fees will continue to be waived through July 1, 2018. Learn more about the program’s first year of success here.

  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is looking for top quality employees. If you are interested, be sure to check out

  • The RL Mace Universal Design Institute (UDI or the Institute) in North Carolina has been named the administrator for the distribution of money in a fund that has been designated to assist households with a family member who has a disability. This special funding is only available for home accessibility improvements in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. From 2016 – 2018, UDI will distribute the money to a few select local non-profit organizations in each state that specialize in home accessibility modifications. The Institute is currently seeking qualified organizations to partner with in each state that meet the funding criteria and that can reasonably spend out $15,000 - $50,000 in home accessibility funds over the next 21 months. The households who are served with this fund also need to meet standard metrics for low income eligibility. To learn more about the fund, Click Here.

  • The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) and its partners are currently working to implement the federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Rule (CMS-2249-F) that was finalized in January 2014. The Agency has published the latest draft of Florida’s Statewide Transition Plan on its Web site.
    In order to ensure compliance with the HCB Settings Rule, the State has been conducting on-site reviews of residential and non-residential provider settings. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established criteria that states should use to determine if residential and non-residential settings are presumptively institutional. Florida’s Statewide Transition Plan includes a list of settings that the State has verified meet the presumptively institutional criteria. As specified in the Statewide Transition Plan, the State has until March 2019 to fully implement the HCB Settings Rule. The Agency plans to use the remainder of the implementation time period to work closely with providers to help them achieve compliance with the rule; this includes providing technical assistance to providers in the development of supporting evidence packages that may be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for review.

  • Home Care Rule Update - The federal Department of Labor adopted the Home Care Rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to most home care workers. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is responsible for having a process available for any person whose service hours would be reduced as a result of the rule and is at risk of institutionalization. Waiver Support Coordinators must notify APD immediately if they encounter a customer whose service needs are not being met. As part of this process, APD will determine if there are other waiver services which would help the individual remain in the community. APD will continue to monitor this process to ensure that our customers are receiving the care they need.

    The legislature will determine if rates will change for the types of services affected by the DOL rule. To learn more visit the DOL website at:

  • If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.

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