What is Happiness Bag?
Happiness Bag is the ONLY educational and recreational facility in the Wabash Valley to provide programs and services solely designed for persons with disabilities. We serve individuals of all levels of ability both at the center, in the community, and/or in the individuals home.
What ages do we serve?
Depending on the specific service, we accept individuals age 4 and up (on a case by case basis determines by the Executive Director). There is no maximum age for our services, nor do we discriminate based on ability. Special Olympics has its own rules and guidelines which specify that participants must be 8 years of age or older to compete. During the school year we do not provide service to school aged participants, but these individuals do have the opportunity to attend our Summer Day Camp June-August.
How do you sign up for services?
To receive services an application packet must be completed by a family member or guardian. To obtain one of these packets you can stop by the center or contact us so we can email or mail you an application. Parts of the form will need to be completed by a physician. All participants will be required to have a TB Test before admittance.
How much do services cost?
Cost varies by program. We provide services for individuals on the Medicaid Waiver, as well as individuals on a private pay arrangement. For private pay participants, after an application has been completed the Executive Director will review the information to determine is any financial assistance can be provided.
How do I get on the Medicaid Waiver?
Medicaid Waivers are issued through the state and must be applied for through the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).
Do you provide transportation?
Transportation is provided only for the Adult Day Service program (and if space permits the Summer Day Camp). Participants can prearrange transportation service via their Waiver for rides to and/or from Happiness Bag to their home (the van will only pick up & drop off participants at their home address) within a set boundary of the city. This is a service predominantly used by Waiver recipients, but private pay participants also have this option, if space permits. The current transportation boundaries are as follows: NORTH: Maple Avenue; SOUTH: Walmart South; EAST: Fruitridge Avenue; and WEST: First Street/HWY 63.