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Welcome to Region 2, serving Davis, Weber and Morgan counties. For more information contact Kelie Babcock by email at kelieb@hotmail.com.

Kelie’s Bio: I grew up in Utah and I attended Weber State University where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social work in 2006. I developed a passion for advocating when I served as a student senator for students with disabilities during my time at Weber State. Having a physical disability since birth, I have come to lean the importance of being an advocate for myself as well as for others. I am currently working at Tri-County Independent Living were I teach classes as well as provide resources and services to people with disabilities in an effort to help them live as independently as they can. In 2010 I had the opportunity to advocate in a unique way as I served as Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2010. I also serve on Senator Orrin Hatch’s committee for disability related issues. I love the work I do as an advocate and feel much satisfaction when I help others see the influence and power we each have in making a difference in our community.

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  1. Kelie Babcock says:

    Hello Everyone!

    Don’t forget there is a GAP meeting this week! Thursday the 27th, 2:00 at Tri-County Independent Living Center (2726 Washington Blvd). Sheri Newton from the Disability Law Center will be joining us to talk about what we can do to be ready for the upcoming elections. We will also be recognizing the efforts Davis County has made to make their polling stations accessible to people with Disabilities.

    Hope to see you on the 27th!

  2. Kelie Babcock says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I wanted you all to know that the next GAP meeting for the Weber, Davis and Morgan counties has been set for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2:00 at TRI-COUNTY INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER (2726 Washington Blvd. Ogden 84401). I am inviting Brad Dee to attend; he is the House Majority Whip leader. If he is not available I will invite Stuart Reid to attend. He is a Senator for District 18 which covers part of Davis and Weber County.

    Attending GAP meetings are a great way to get involved and be informed on current legislative issues that affect people with disabilities and their families. GAP gives information and provides a way to proactively advocate for policies and the funding of services for people with disabilities. GAP imparts education to legislators and the community. Working to communicate and build relationships with legislators makes a difference in creating positive changes for people with disabilities.

    Please contact me if you plan on attending or have any questions. Hope to see you there!

  3. Kelie Babcock says:

    Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18th 2012 at 6:00. GAP, Family Advocacy, Tri-County ILC and People First are hosting another Meet the Candidates Night. This will be an opportunity for you to come meet with candidates from Weber, Davis and Morgan counties, as well as some state and federal candidates who are running in the November elections. This is the chance to listen to platforms, ask questions on issues that you care about, and meet face to face the people you will be voting for.

    The location of this event is to be announced at a later time and there will be more details to come. I wanted to put the word out and ask people to save the date so you can plan on attending!

  4. Kelie Babcock says:

    I’ve recently discovered a website I wanted to share that is helpful for understanding the features and timeline of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The website explains how the law is being implimented in each state and includes a timeline of what’s changing and when.

    The website is: healthcare.gov. You can read specifics about the ACA under the tab The Health Care Law and You.

    • Wiktoria says:

      Your action is nedeed within the next 48 hours!Please contact members of the Social Service Appropriations Subcommittee and request that they make motion to add Independent Living Services and Assistive Technology building blocks to the prioritization list.These building blocks are on-going funds for IL and AT services. The prioritization list is a list of services that the committee will consider appropriating additional state funds to. Currently IL and AT services are not anywhere on the list. We NEED to be on the list if we want any chance of receiving funds to increase and sustain existing services.Building Blocks we are requesting to have put on the prioritization list:•Independent Living Centers (IL) pass through funding for the six IL Centers across the state to provide independent living skills training, accessing personal assistance services, accessible affordable housing, moving people out of nursing homes and back into the community and assistive technology. $300,000•Assistive Technology (AT) One time funds to purchase IL assistive technology devices and services. Ongoing funds received July 1st were totally encumbered by previous waiting list. Current waiting list as of 1-26-12 is $227,953.60. $200,000The prioritization list will go out Monday or Tuesday of next week. We need to talk with members of the committee and request that they put these building blocks onto the list. They can make motion to add them during committee meeting, or make motion to have them added during caucus or to make a request to the Committees fiscal analyst. Please contact members of the committee and ask them to do what they can to have these services added to the list.

  5. Kelie Babcock says:

    The next GAP meeting is tentatively scheduled for the end of August, but I have not set an exact date. I will send out emails, calls, once I have the date confirmed.

    The Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and now it’s up to the states to decide what’s next! Come to the next GAP meeting to learn about the ACA, the supreme Court’s decision, how it affects you and how you can help educate legislators! Come learn about this and more and our next GAP meeting!

  6. Kelie Babcock says:

    Get out and vote at the Primary Election on June 26th

    I wanted to remind advocates that Tuesday the 26th is the Primary Elections! Many people don’t realize the importance of primary election days, however, if candidates do not make it through the caucus and primary election process then their names will not be on the ballot in November.

    This year there are many key positions to be filled on local, state, and federal level. These positions will be filled by leaders that will have a significant impact on policy and programs that effect the lives of families and people with disabilities.

    Make your choices and vote on June 26th!

  7. Kelie Babcock says:

    I’d like to do a quick recap of the Meet the Candidates Night that was held last Tuesday evening at Tri-County Indpendent Living Center. We had a really great turn out from both advocates and candidates. Advocates were able to meet and hear from candidates running for state office to represent the constituents of Morgan, Weber and Davis counties as well as candidates running for U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate in the upcoming elections. It was exciting to have 17 candidates attend the meeting!! There was some good discussion centered on healthcare and disability related policy and appropriations. It was great to hear why each of the candidates had decided to run and there was opportunity to mingle and talk one on one with candidates and have questions asked and opinions voiced.

    The event was such a success and we would like to plan another one this Fall before the elections in November so watch for more information to come regarding that.

  8. Kelie Babcock says:

    I just wanted to remind you all of the event coming up next week. Tri-County ILC GAP group is partnering with Family Advocacy to host a Meet the Candidates Night. The event will be held Tuesday, May 29th 6:00 p.m. at Tri-County ILC.

    We are inviting all candidates that will be running in the upcoming elections. We already have confirmations from many candidates that are running for Utah House and Senate on State and Federal level.

    Please join us the evening of the 29th so we can get to know the people running for public office, hear their ideas and ask them questions on matters concerning to people with disabilities. Invite your friends and neighbors!

  9. Kelie Babcock says:

    MEET THE CANDIDATES

    Tuesday May 29, 2012 6:00pm at Tri-County Independent Living Center in Ogden

    Tri-County ILC, Family Advocacy and People First are partnering together to hold an event that will give people in the community an opportunity to hear from candidates that will be running for office in the upcoming election. It’s important that these legislators are informed about issues that you care about so we can best decide who we want to support and vote for. This even will allow people to hear from the candidates and ask them questions regarding issues concerning people with disabilities.

  10. Kelie Babcock says:

    On May 3rd the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities will be hosting the annual Heroes on the Hill award ceremony. This is an event to give recognition to legislators that sponsored a bill or supported funding requests which have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Tri-County ILC and Region 2 of GAP nominated the following legislators: Senator Allen Christensen, Senator Lyle Hillyard, Senator Pat Jones, Rep. David Litvak, Rep. Rhonda Menlove, Rep. Mel Brown, Rep. Brad Last and Rep. Ryan Wilcox.

    If you are intersted in attending this event please contact Kelie at 801.317.2856

  11. kelieb says:

    Your action is needed within the next 48 hours!

    Please contact members of the Social Service Appropriations Subcommittee and request that they make motion to add Independent Living Services and Assistive Technology building blocks to the prioritization list.

    These building blocks are on-going funds for IL and AT services. The prioritization list is a list of services that the committee will consider appropriating additional state funds to. Currently IL and AT services are not anywhere on the list. We NEED to be on the list if we want any chance of receiving funds to increase and sustain existing services.
    Building Blocks we are requesting to have put on the prioritization list:

    • Independent Living Centers (IL) pass through funding for the six IL Centers across the state to provide independent living skills training, accessing personal assistance services, accessible affordable housing, moving people out of nursing homes and back into the community and assistive technology. $300,000

    • Assistive Technology (AT) One time funds to purchase IL assistive technology devices and services. Ongoing funds received July 1st were totally encumbered by previous waiting list. Current waiting list as of 1-26-12 is $227,953.60. $200,000

    The prioritization list will go out Monday or Tuesday of next week. We need to talk with members of the committee and request that they put these building blocks onto the list. They can make motion to add them during committee meeting, or make motion to have them added during caucus or to make a request to the Committees fiscal analyst. Please contact members of the committee and ask them to do what they can to have these services added to the list.

  12. kelieb says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I’d like to remind you all about what is happening Thursday February 2nd. The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities is holding their Legislators’ Reception. The Reception will go from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building. This is an opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss disability related issues that are concerning to you.

    Tri-County will be taking a bus down earlier that day. The Bus will leave the Center at 11:00 to be down at the Capitol by Noon. We will have lunch there and talk about the issues we would like to discuss with legislators. There will be other meetings going on and we will be taking some time to pull legislators from the Floor to come out and talk to our group.

    This is a great opportunity to be a presence at the Capitol and let legislators understand what we are concerned about.

    Please call me today or tomorrow at the latest if you would like a ride to the Capitol on the Tri-County bus. 801-612-3215

    Also Friday February 3rd we will be going to the Capitol again to attend the Social Services Committee meeting where they will be hearing constituents testify about Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation services. This meeting is at 8:00 a.m. and the Tri-County bus will be leaving at 7:00. It is early in the day but this meeting is extremely important to attend in order to retain funding for IL and VR services. Please let me know if you can join us.

  13. kelieb says:

    GAP Team,

    Our next GAP meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th. We will be attending the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee meeting from 10:00-3:00 (with an hour break for lunch). The first part of the meeting will be held at Davis Local Health Department – 22 S. State, Clearfield and the second half will be held at Workforce Services Office, 1290 E. 1450 South Clearfield. Please view the agenda below. If you would like to attend and need transportation please call me so I can schedule it. Note: below is not the complete agenda for the meeting but it is the section we will be attending. Tri-County will provide a light lunch.

    Please contact me and let me know if you will be attending. 801 317-2856

    10:15 a.m. Issue Briefs by Staff
    – Social Services Review
    – Safety Net Services for Low Income Populations
    10:20 a.m. What are the Safety Net Services in Utah for Individuals
    11:10 a.m. Options to Identify High Cost Individuals in Medicaid
    11:25 a.m. Status of Department of Health’s Budget Reductions

    Break

    1:00 p.m. Workforce Services’ Cost Allocation Model
    1:20 p.m. Status of Workforce Services’ Budget Reductions
    1:40 p.m. Updates and Reports from the Department of
    Workforce Services
    1:45 p.m. False Claims Act Changes – Master Study Resolution
    # 139
    2:00 p.m. Public Input on Utah’s Low Income Safety Net
    2:40 p.m. Updates and Reports from the Office of the Inspector
    General of Medicaid Services

  14. kelieb says:

    Region 2′s next GAP meeting will be September 22nd, 2:00 at Tri-County Independent Living Center (2726 Washington Blvd. Ogden). Sheri from Disability Law Center will be coming to talk about voting rights and how to register to vote. Join us as we discuss candidates and to be updated on legislative issues concerning people with disabilities. If you have questions or would like more information please contact me via email kelieb@hotmail.com or by phone 801 612-3215

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