Legislation Discussions

During the 2021 Virginia General Assembly session, the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) will hold several meetings to discuss legislation impacting people with disabilities. The meetings are open to all disability advocates. The meetings will be held via webinar through Zoom. Meetings will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesdays (January 27, February 3, and February 10). For a link to the captioning, please send a message to sholley@endependence.org

To join the meetings, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82724229836.

Meeting ID: 827 2422 9836

Passcode: 910236

You may also join by telephone, dial 1-267-831-0333. This is not a toll free call.

Now Hiring – Community Living Specialist

Join our team - now hiring

Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. (VAIL) is hiring for a Community Living Specialist.  Position can be full-time or part-time.  Duties include performing home visits, developing plans of care, monitoring services according to program guidelines, using a person-centered approach to assist individuals in accessing needed services,  maintaining quality documentation and data entry to meet state, federal, and other requirements, typing, filing, and coordinating with outside entities.  This individual may also provide one-on-one independent living skills training with individuals in their homes and in the community on an as needed basis.  Pay range: $13-$15/hour.  Benefits included.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The Community Living Specialist must possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in human services or nursing and 2 years of direct care experience OR a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of direct care experience
  • Previous experience should include working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and web-based applications.
  • Safe and reliable vehicle to meet the duties of this position.  Clear driving record and adequate vehicle insurance.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of physical assistance typically required by people with severe physical disabilities or elderly persons and the approximate time those activities normally take
  • Knowledge of the types of functional limitations and health problems that are common to different disability types and the aging process
  • Knowledge of the equipment and environmental modifications commonly used and required by people with physical disabilities or elderly persons which reduces the need for human help and improves safety
  • Knowledge of various Medicaid long-term program requirements, including nursing home and adult care residence placement criteria, Medicaid waiver services, and other federal, state, and local resources that provide personal assistance services
  • Knowledge of DMAS consumer-directed personal attendant services program requirements, as well as the administrative duties for which the recipient will be responsible
  • Knowledge of conducting assessments (including environmental, psychosocial, health, and functional factors) and their uses in care planning
  • Working knowledge of services for persons with disabilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals both in person and in writing
  • Ability to develop a rapport and communicate with different types of persons from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and use independent judgment
  • Ability to record and deliver information and maintain appropriate records
  • Ability to travel throughout Planning District 6
  • Ability to attend functions throughout the Commonwealth as needed
  • Knowledge of the independent living movement & philosophy

Submit cover letter and resume to vail@govail.org.

Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

Position open until filled.

Hazard Pay for Consumer-Directed Attendants

“Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that aides and attendants who provided personal care services to Medicaid members from March 12, 2020 through June 30, 2020, qualify for a one-time hazard payment of $1,500.”

Individuals must meet qualifications. Payments should occur after January 1, 2021.

More information to come and will be posted at https://www.dmas.virginia.gov/#/covid

Email hazardpay@dmas.virginia.gov if you have questions.

Hazard Pay for Attendants