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CP of NYS NEWS 5/24/11

5/25/2011 12:04:30 PM

CP of NYS NEWS 5/25/11

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MAY 24, 2011 – IN THIS ISSUE

  • OPWDD, DOH Schedule Public Forums on People First Waiver
  • Feds Provide Flexibility for States to Improve Medicaid & Implement Innovative Practices
  • Helping People with Disabilities Live in Their Communities
  • CP Rochester Manager of Communications Named Citizen of the Year by NYS Elks
  • Corporate Compliance Conference a Success
  • OPWDD to Honor Businesses Providing Employment Opportunities to People with Disabilities
  • Four NY Counties Collaborate to Create Student Mental Health Website





The NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) have released the schedule of public forums to hear comment on the development of the People First Waiver. OPWDD and DOH will engage members of the public, key State Agency leaders, experts in the fields of health care and long-term care, and representatives from nonprofit service providers in a process of developing the formal application to the federal government. The public forums are the first of many opportunities that will be provided for public participation in this process. The forums are scheduled to occur in the following locations:


            New York City, May 25, 2011, at 75 Morton Street (three sessions, register for one)

                        1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

                        4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


            Rochester, June 2, 2011, at the National Museum of Play, The Strong

                        1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


            Schenectady, June 6, 2011, at 500 Balltown Road

                        1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


            Video conference to multiple locations, May 31, 2011

                        1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Sites established in Long Island DDSO, Broome DDSO, Sunmount DDSO, Taconic DDSO, Hudson Valley DDSO, and Western New York DDSO. (Please see registration form for exact locations.)


The public is invited to submit recommendations during the forums that address the following questions:


  • How can we further break down barriers and support people to live truly integrated lives in the community?
  • What do families need to better support their loved ones at home?
  • What reform ideas do you have to help us operate more efficiently so that more funds can be directed to the services and supports people need to be healthy and engaged in meaningful work and activities?
  • What should we be measuring to tell us if we are doing a good job supporting people to have good health, positive relationships, live in homes of their choice, and enjoy meaningful activities and employment?


While the People First Waiver public forums are open to anyone, prior registration is required. To ensure all interested parties have the opportunity to present at these forums, recommendations should be limited to two minutes. A copy of the registration form can be obtained at If you have trouble opening the form or you need assistance with registration, please contact the OPWDD Information Line at 1-866-946-9733 (voice) or 1-866-933-4889 (TTY).


Al Shibley





The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering states more flexibility to adopt innovative practices and provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicaid and Medicare while helping reduce costs for states and families. The initiatives are intended to make Medicaid more flexible and efficient and to address long-term cost growth.

New York is one of fifteen states that will receive federal funding to develop better ways to coordinate care for people with Medicare and Medicaid coverage, also known as dual eligibles. All states will receive increased flexibility to provide home and community-based services for more people living with disabilities. The goal of the program is to eliminate duplication of services, expand access to needed care and improve the lives of dual eligibles, while lowering costs.

Barbara Crosier





New rules have been proposed that will give states new flexibility for their programs to help people with disabilities choose to live in their communities rather than in institutions. The proposed rules reduce administrative barriers for states seeking to help multiple populations, which may include seniors and/or people with different types of disabilities. They will also allow individuals to participate in the design of their own array of services and supports, including such things as personal care and respite services for caregivers. The proposed rule, CMS-2296-P, can be found at

For more information visit

Barbara Crosier





Kate Proctor Named Elks Citizen of the YearKate Proctor (on the right in photo), Manager of Communications at CP Rochester, has been named Citizen of the Year by the New York State ELKS Association. Kate received the prestigious award for her creative and supportive efforts to connect the people who are served through CP Rochester with the members of ELKS Lodge #24 in Henrietta. “The award allows the ELKS to recognize individuals that may not be members, but work with the group to help make the world a better place,” said Shirley Schuhart, Exalted Ruler at Elks Lodge #24. 

Al Shibley






OPWDD will honor selected businesses across New York State which have demonstrated that employing individuals with developmental disabilities is great for business. The employers will be recognized at an event in Albany on October 26.

Affiliates are invited to nominate a business or employer who has hired an individual with a developmental disability and demonstrated that employees with developmental disabilities meet the workforce needs of the employer and contribute to the vitality of each business. OPWDD is especially interested in nominations that demonstrate the power of work in a person’s life and are written from the viewpoint of the employee with a developmental disability.

Nominations may be submitted by regular mail, by fax, or in person to the Works For Me DDSO contact, and must be received by June 10, 2011. Click on the links below for additional information or contact your Works For Me DDSO contact.

Learn more at the link below.


The link below will open the OPWDD Nomination Form.


The link below will provide directions form filling out the Nomination Form.


Al Shibley





Over 200 participants gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Albany on May 10th for the fourth annual CP of NYS and NYSARC Corporate Compliance Conference. Four speakers selected for their expertise in corporate compliance provided information critical to establishing and maintaining an effective corporate compliance program.


Melissa Zambri, a partner with the law firm Hiscock & Barclay opened the conference with her presentation “Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program.” Ms. Zambri discussed the NYS Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) audit process in evaluating the effectiveness of a provider’s compliance program. She shared tips on what material should be reviewed in a compliance evaluation and suggested ways providers can self-assess their programs.


James Sheehan, the NYS Medicaid Inspector General, presented “Mandatory Compliance and Mandatory Reporting in the Medicaid Program.” He spoke on the federal mandate for Medicaid compliance programs. He also addressed two requirements of the Affordable Care Act, Section 6402 – the requirement for self-disclosures in 60 days and the federal requirement to suspend Medicaid payments to organizations where a credible allegation of fraud has been made. In regard to the latter, he stated that the OMIG and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) are still addressing how this will work. The OMIG is considering regulations to narrow the suspension of Medicaid funds to the specific program where the allegation of fraud has been made as opposed to suspending payment of all Medicaid funds to the provider.


Abby Pendleton, an attorney with The Health Law Partners, spoke on the topic of Medicaid RACs (Recovery Audit Contractors). Medicaid RACs are a federal audit program new under the Affordable Care Act. To predict how they will be implemented, Ms. Pendleton shared information on the Medicare RAC program which will be the model for the Medicaid program. Private companies contracted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RACs are tasked with identifying and correcting improper payments, both overpayments and underpayments. These contractors are compensated on a contingency fee basis based on the principal amount collected from and/or returned to the provider. 


The conference’s closing speaker was Richard Harrow. He spent 27 years as a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) prosecutor before joining a private law firm. Mr. Harrow shared the ins and outs of the MFCU investigative process and detailed the processes and tactics of MFCU prosecutors and investigators.


Many thanks to Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, and O’Connell & Aronowitz, the 2011 conference sponsors.


You can access the presentations from the conference at the link below.


Susan Hornbeck



FOUR NY COUNTIES COLLABORATE TO CREATE STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH WEBSITE has recently been launched in New York’s Southern Tier area to support mental health professionals, teachers, school districts and other community providers who care for young people with mental health challenges. The new website offers easy access to a variety of referral resources, forms, and information about effective strategies for caring for young people with mental health concerns. The site also contains news articles, contact information for service organizations and a local calendar of events.


Produced through Expanding Possibilities, a federally-funded grant initiative to promote student mental health and increased collaboration between stakeholders, the website has been one of a number of projects completed over the last two years. Building upon the strong foundation of “Possibilities,” a partner program with CP of NYS Affiliate Franziska Racker Centers, and with the help of a larger group of concerned professionals who evolved into what is now known as CHAMPS (Child and Adolescent Alliance for Mental Health Planning and Services,) the collaboration of the Expanding Possibilities program began.


The efforts of many individuals in Cortland, Seneca, Schuyler and Thompkins Counties went into the development of If you are interested in becoming involved with the Expanding Possibilities program can use the “Contact Us” form available on the website.


Al Shibley


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