Lt. Gov. Crouch visits Lafayette non-profit, Shine On College

Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown, left, joined Shine On University student Nathan Wilson, Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Shine On University board member Debra Wilson gather for a photo during a Crouch

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch joined Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown Saturday on a visited to Shine On College, a Lafayette-based non-profit.

The cease was a part of Crouch’s position as chair of the Indiana Mental & Developmental Incapacity Job Pressure.

“It was a job pressure created by the Indiana Common Meeting to take a look at how we as a state may help these Hoosiers who’ve autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy be capable of have extra significant lives, be capable of reside, work and play protected in accessible environments,” stated Crouch on Saturday.

As chair, she discovered extra in regards to the companies Shine On College offers for particular wants adults, in addition to any points that the non-profit could also be going through.

Shine On College is a day service the place these people have alternatives to study new expertise, work together with the neighborhood and provide significant actions through the week.

“Tammy Frost was the one who began it. She had a particular wants son, and she or he was not proud of what his choices had been after highschool. She was a case supervisor for years, and so she developed Shine On for what she needed her son to have after college. He ended up passing proper earlier than she opened, so it’s type of his legacy,” stated Roxanne Logan, director of Shine On College.

“We’re right here to supply one thing that isn’t simply staying at residence. They arrive right here to study, mainly, the great issues in life. We assist with cooking expertise, we do arts and crafts, we exit into the neighborhood, we go to films, we go bowling … Our entire curriculum relies off what the scholars themselves have expressed an curiosity in.”

Shine On University Board Member Peni Satterfield, MaryAnn Grove, Debra Wilson, Indiana’s Lieutenant Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Shine On University student Nathan Wilson, Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown, Shine On University Board Member Dave Mecklenburg, Shine On University staff member Gena Carson, Roxanne Logan, Jennifer Robbins, Heather Hutcheson, and Shelley Mitchell poses for a photo during a Crouch

?Shine On College initially opened round 5 years in the past, serving round 10 adults. Now it serves round 45 adults representing a wide range of ages, starting from 18 to 68 years previous.

This system presents its companies each weekday, however adults are solely required to attend three out of the 5 days, which supplies some the pliability to keep up part-time jobs inside the neighborhood.

As a part of their mission to assist adults become involved with the neighborhood, leaders at Shine On College have created an occasion welcomed people within this system to work together with the adults.

Just a few examples that they shared with Crouch, who introduced her bid for Indiana governor in December 2022, had been occasions that they placed on for college students from Lafayette faculties, together with vacation events that featured preschoolers visiting the ability to obtain goodies from the Shine On College college students.

“We did the identical factor for kindergarteners for Christmas,” stated Logan, “and we had Santa right here. Our college students really had completely different stations arrange throughout with completely different video games to play. All of them bought a prize, or they did crafts or received prizes. Our college students cherished interacting with the youngsters as a result of they felt like they had been in cost they usually’re main. Whereas through the day we’re main them on prepare dinner, clear, crafts and something for every day life.”

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown listen to Shine On University

Throughout Crouch’s go to, she requested program leaders if there have been any points they had been experiencing as a nonprofit. Leaders expressed their considerations relating to acquiring sufficient funding to afford its overhead value and workers pay.

This system solely receives round $10.50 in funds from Medicaid per scholar enrolled. With the price of overhead and the state requiring that Shine On College pays their workers $14 an hour, the non-profits typically discover it tough to afford the price of operation.

To be able to mitigate this, the nonprofit holds fundraising occasions that assist with working prices.

Though the nonprofit enjoys holding fundraisers with its adults, leaders vocalized their need to someday see a rise in funds from the state.

However the largest subject that Shine On College leaders shared with Crouch was their rising concern with the Indiana Bureau of High quality Enchancment Companies enforcement of the Residence and Neighborhood Based mostly Companies Settings Guidelines.

The HCBS Settings Rule requires that each state make sure that suppliers that supply companies to aged individuals and folks with disabilities residing locally and out of doors of establishments should meet minimal requirements for integration, entry to neighborhood life, selection and autonomy to the individuals they’re serving.

The HCBS Settings Rule was put into place as a response to considerations that many states and suppliers had been utilizing federal {dollars} devoted to community-based helps to pay for incapacity companies that had been nonetheless institutional in nature. Most of the suppliers would register as a “neighborhood” choice however train the identical management and isolation over people as bigger establishments.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown listen to Shine On University

The leaders of Shine On College expressed the significance of the HCBS Settings Rule, however they shared how, as a result of broad language of the setting guidelines, it has led to some confusion on how the workers can work together with adults.

For instance, if an grownup was meant to take a selected every day dose of remedy that would scale back the frequency of seizures, however on one event the grownup expresses their need to not take the medication, workers ought to adjust to the request.

That is the place among the confusion for employees lies. When does the significance of sure actions override the significance of respecting the autonomy of the adults, if in any respect?

Leaders shared these considerations with Crouch, who stated that she would look into methods to handle these considerations.

Crouch has served two phrases because the state’s lieutenant governor, a time period as state auditor, and as a member of the Indiana Home of Representatives.

Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Electronic mail him at and comply with him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.

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