Birdies for the Bluegrass

As part of the PGA TOUR’s mission to positively impact local charities through its events, the Barbasol Championship created Birdies for the Bluegrass to maximize the tournament’s impact through not only Central Kentucky but for charities throughout the Commonwealth. PGA TOUR events generated more than $180 million for charities in 2017 and has now raised an all-time total of $2.65 billion for charity. The Barbasol Championship is Kentucky’s only PGA TOUR event which will be played on July 16-22, 2018 at Champions at Keene Trace. The tournament, played the same weekend as the British Open, will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

If you are interested in attending the Barbasol Championship, considering being a volunteer! There is a small cost ($75) to volunteer, but incredible benefits, including:

· A Nike polo shirt

· A Nike hat

· A round of golf at Keene Trace Golf Club

· A parking pass and tournament credential

· Four grounds passes

· Food & beverage voucher

If you are interested in learning about the volunteer opportunities available, please check out

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

In these meetings, DMS indicated that we would be releasing a Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) and the slide deck from the presentation given at the town halls. Please find both promised documents attached. In addition, DMS and Navigant have recorded the presentation for viewing. You can access this presentation at

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FAQ Link: Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

The ABLE Act

2014 – The ABLE ACT (Federal and Kentucky)

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or the ABLE Act of 2014 – Create accounts to help individuals and families finance disability needs.

The ABLE Act is built on the foundation of the current 529 education savings plans that help families save for college.  In the case of ABLE, families now have a taxdeferred savings vehicle to save for the care of people with disabilities. The National Disability Institute estimates there are 58 million individuals with disabilities in the United States.  Many of these individuals will qualify for ABLE accounts.

 2015 – SB 179 (The Kentucky ABLE ACT) was signed into law by Kentucky Governor Bevin on April 5, 2016


In December 2016, the Office of Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball began offering State Treasurer ABLE accounts in Kentucky, or STABLE Kentucky accounts.  The initiative is a partnership with Ohio’s STABLE Accounts, an initiative launched by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in the summer of 2016.

Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
Division B of Public Law 113-295

The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The law allows eligible individuals with disabilities the ability to establish “ABLE accounts” for qualified beneficiaries that resemble the qualified tuition programs, often called “529 accounts”, that have been established under that section of the tax code since 1996. The new ABLE accounts will allow more individual choice and control over spending on qualified disability expenses and limited investment decisions, while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security

See this helpful fact sheet compiled by The National Arc.

ABLE Act Info Sheet 2015 SHORT version

Available now-The Participant Directed Services Manual

The Department of Aging and Independent Living in collaboration with the Arc of Kentucky has produced a new resource for family members who are interested in Participant Directed Services.  The Supports for Community Living Waiver-Participant Directed Services (PDS) program is based upon the principles of Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning. A person-centered system acknowledges the role of participants, families, guardians, or representatives in planning for the participant who may need assistance in making informed decisions. The principles and tools of Self-Determination are used to assist participants in the creation of meaningful, culturally appropriate lives within their community in which they can develop relationships, learn, work and earn income, and actively participate in community life.

Please download the PDS Manual HERE: Participant PDS Manual