Louisiana approved for fourth round of Pandemic EBT benefits. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received approval for the fourth time to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible children for the 2022-2023 school year. Louisiana will begin disbursing payments in early May to eligible households with children in grades K-1. There will also be childcare and summer benefits issued in the late summer, officials added. This is the fourth year Louisiana has issued P-EBT benefits. Since 2020, DCFS has reportedly issued more than $1.14 Billion in P-EBT benefits to more than 1.2 million children. According to officials, benefits are being issued in a tiered approach for school year P-EBT. It is based on the number of days a child missed due to COVID per month at a rate of $8.18 per day. Children who previously received P-EBT benefits will have school year 2022-23 and summer P-EBT benefits issued to their existing P-EBT cards.
National Disability Forum: Focusing on Aspects of Childhood Disability and Childhood SSI – Part 2
Wed May 17th 12:00pm – 2:00pm
The purpose of Part 2 of the forum is to learn from social service advocates, educators, pediatricians, other health professionals, researchers, social workers, foster care agencies, educators, and the public about:
If you would like to participate, please register by Monday, May 15, 2023. After registration, you will receive an email with the MS Teams link. We are gathering information from our stakeholders about the forum’s topics through Engage SSA, an online feedback tool. Information can be provided until Friday, June 2, 2023.
We want to hear your ideas about:
If you have not used Engage SSA, please see the Engage SSA guide for details. While a login is required, all responses are anonymous, unless you choose to provide contact information. We hope you can join us, and we look forward to your participation. To learn more about the National Disability Forum, please visit www.ssa.gov/ndf.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Part 2: Substance Misuse Among Students with Disabilities – Guidance for Prevention Professionals
Thursday, May 18, 2023 2:30-4:00 pm CT
Even before the pandemic, demand for mental health and substance use services was increasing, especially for our nation’s young people. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made the situation more challenging, subjecting many young Americans to social isolation, loss of routines, and traumatic grief. Even though students with disabilities are at higher risk for substance abuse, in some states, a student cannot qualify for the Emotional Disturbance category of special education if drug abuse is the primary cause of the emotional or behavioral problems. It is important that preventionists have the appropriate knowledge and skills to include students with emotional or behavioral problems when delivering prevention services in schools. During this webinar we will discuss inclusive strategies that schools, parents, youth, and preventionists can use when delivering substance misuse prevention services for students with disabilities in a system where they have been overlooked or written off.
Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs Conference
In celebration of 33rd Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs (GODA) will host its annual fully virtual conference July 24th-27th, 2023! Registration to the conference gives access to all sessions with one link. Conference attendees can choose which sessions they want to attend and join in on the zoom link. Register for the conference at https://www.bit.ly/GODAconf23.
The conference will be packed with sessions on topics including:
LDOE Family Summer Support Toolkit
Summer shouldn’t mean a break from learning. LDOE’s Family Summer Support Toolkit helps students avoid the summer slide. Math and literacy activities, guidance for students with disabilities and English learners, and social media templates to help stay connected with families. This new resource can be used by educators, students, homeschool families, community groups and organizations, and early care and education centers.