Dear Direct Care Staff Employee:
The Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1001 which mandated a 5 percent rate increase for specific services provided under the FSW and CIH waivers. While this increase is specifically for direct care wages and costs, this doesn’t mean that all direct care staff will see a pay increase.
We are excited to be participating in this plan and we will be able to increase compensation to direct care staff in various areas as follows:
The evaluation of individual employee pay rates is continuing. Some direct care staff have already received pay rate increases; however, we cannot say who specifically will receive a raise, but you will be notified of any increase.
Thank you for your continued service to our clients!
Heartland participated in this years Walk to End Alzheimer’s! We are honored to help advance Alzheimer’s support , care and research! #AlzheimersAwareness #Support
It’s that time of year again. Heartland will be having it’s annual in-service training for all direct care staff members. Information on dates, time and location are below.
2017 Annual In-Service Trainings
Heartland Corporate Office
|Courtyard by Marriott
150 Fairington Avenue
Lafayette, IN 47905
3325 S. US Hwy 41
Terre Haute, IN 47802
All locations will have an AM and PM Session.
AM Sessions are from 9AM to 2PM. PM Sessions are from 4:30PM to 9:15PM.
Hello all! September 10-16th is DSP appreciation week! We would like to thank all of our wonderful and caring direct care staff for the love and companionship that they show to our clients every day. Our direct care staff are such an important part of our team. To show our appreciation, we will have something special planned this year during our annual in-service training later this month! #DSPsRock
Heartland would like to thank guest speaker, Gordon Holmes of Mass Mutual Financial, for speaking at our annual Guardian Round-table about financial stability for those with special needs. We also want to thank all of the Guardians who attended and hope you found the meeting helpful and informative. It was a great to see you all.
Every year, Heartland recognizes a culturally diverse, historical figure. This year, that is Katherine G. Johnson who was an African-American mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Her calculations were critical to the success of the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, through the Space Shuttle program.
The corporate office will be closed on Friday, 8/25/17 in observance of Katherine G. Johnson day and this will be a paid holiday for our Direct Care staff members.
Heartland is honored to sponsor the 11th annual “Open House, Fly-In & Air Race” supporting Down Syndrome Indiana! Stop by our booth from 9am-2pm located at 11329 E. St. Rd. 32, Zionsville, IN 46077. Hope to see you there!
Come out and see what it takes to become one of Heartland’s caring, dedicated Direct Care Staff at the 2017 Indiana Career Fair! 50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive Indianapolis, IN 46208, is where you can come to learn more and apply.
Parents, Guardians & Advocates,
We are excited to invite you to attend our annual Round-table scheduled for August 25th 2017 at 6:00pm. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Indianapolis Northwest located at 6930 Intech Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
Please come enjoy a dinner buffet and a time of informative discussion. We are excited to share recent events and updates with you all, as well as hearing any feedback that you may have. We appreciate the continued opportunity you give us to provide quality services to your loved ones.
Please reserve your place by contacting our office at (317) 686-2337.
Know someone who is dedicated, loving and is looking for a job in the supported living industry? Heartland is now hiring in Lafayette and holding open interviews at the WorkOne job from 10am-2pm tomorrow. The job fair is at Ivy Tech located at 3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN 47905.
We’re “Lighting it up BLUE” for Autism Awareness month! #AutismSpeaks #LightItUpBLUE
April is Autism Awareness month! Show your support by wearing blue! Please check out our community activity letters for more information on upcoming Autism awareness events! #AutismSpeaks
Congratulations to the outstanding Direct Care Staff members of the quarter! Thank you for the care and companionship that you provide to our consumers!
Heartland is happy to be able to make a charitable contribution to a great organization. Center for At Risk Elders is a non-profit team of advocates that guard Indiana’s neglected, abused and exploited elders. Check out their website at www.indianacare.org for more information about their organization. Thank you for your honorable work!
Celebrate Black History month! Check out our weekly activity letters where we will be recognizing historical black figures and giving information on upcoming Black History month events!
Heartland would like to congratulate our 2016 Employee of the Year, Patricia Collins of Kokomo, IN! Thank you for the outstanding commitment and companionship that you have displayed to our consumers! We hope you enjoy your new 2016 Kia Soul!
Heartland has had an amazing year!
Heartland has had some very eventful activities this year! We are very proud of the turn out at our corporate movie day, client prom, company picnic, Halloween bash, Christmas party and other events! Be sure to check the events calendar for upcoming events for 2017!
Last year, Heartland became an active member of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). ANCOR is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,200 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. With this partnership, Heartland is hoping gain access to innovation and technology, advocacy as well a professional development opportunities in the field that will enhance the lives of the individuals that we serve.
Last year, Heartland purchased 2 Handicap accessible vans. The addition of these vehicles is to increase the quality of life for our clients, by providing safe transport into the community.
Heartland rolled out it’s first Direct Care Staff referral program in 2016. With this program, our employees our rewarded for referring qualified employees to our program. This program has helped with recruiting direct care staff, and we plan to continue this program throughout 2017!
Heartland has continue to support and be involved with the Special Olympics. Last year, HRS clients participated in numerous Special Olympics events and activities. Heartland is a faithful donor and supporter of the Special Olympics and we plan to remain heavily involved in their events in the upcoming years!
In late 2017, HRS is up for our CARF re-accreditation. We are excited to share with CARF that progress we have made in continually improving the lives of the individuals that we serve!
This year for cultural diversity, we will be celebrating the accomplishments of Katherine G. Johnson. In honor of her achievements, the office the corporate office will be closed on Friday, August 25 and this will be a paid holiday for all direct care staff members. Please check the events calendar for information on all 2017 office closures and paid holidays.
Heartland appreciates the love and companionship that our Direct Care Staff show to our client each and every day. We currently show that appreciation through merit bonuses and recognizing employees of the year. Going forward, Heartland plans to celebrate DSP appreciation week by doing something extra special for our staff members, in an effort to show our gratitude and continue to recruit the best possible staff for our clients!
In an effort to continue our involvement in the community, Heartland plans to increase Expo participation as well as partnerships. One of these partnership is with the Aktion Club – Kiwanis Program for Adults with Disabilities. Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Aktion Club draws members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. Aktion clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.
In addition to this, Heartland plans to add a Director of Development, to help with expansion and increasing active involvement in the community.
Every year, Heartland celebrates diversity by recognizing a historical figure. This year, on September 24th, we recognize Saigō Takamori. Saigō Takamori was one of the pro-imperial samurai supporting the Meiji Restoration. He has often been called the “last true samurai”.
In honor of Saigo Takamori, September 24th, 2016 will be a paid Holiday for all direct care staff. Heartland’s Corporate Office will also be closed on Monday September 26th. #CelebrateHistory #CelebrateDiversity
Hello Team Members!
Heartland is always looking to find qualified and dedicated direct care staff to provide the best possible services to our clients. We have encouraged referrals for new staff members on a regular basis. We have now organized a referral program for our employees which we believe will benefit all of us!
Starting August 1st, when a referred employee is hired and makes it past their initial 90 day probationary period, the direct care staff that referred the employee will received a $50 cash referral bonus. The applicant must list the employee’s first and last name on their application.
Please encourage your referrals to visit our website for a description of the job duties, requirements and information on how to apply online. Referrals can also apply in person at our corporate office, Monday – Friday, 8:30am until 4:30pm.
Your referrals will help ensure that we continue to find the right people for our team. Make a referral today and help us build an even more perfect environment for the individuals we serve!
Heartland would once again like to congratulate our 2015 employee of the year, Brenda Legg! Thank you for the love, care, support and companionship you continue to provide to our clients. Heartland appreciates everything you do and hope you are enjoying your new 2015 Kia Soul. You deserve it!