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CP NEWS - Volume 17, Issue #6 - 6/24/11

6/24/2011 12:43:00 PM

CP NEWS 6/24/11

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JUNE 24, 2011 – IN THIS ISSUE

 

 

 

Constantino, Matthews Will Serve on Commissioner’s Panel

People First Waiver

CP of NYS Organizes Forum on NY State’s Proposed 1115 Waiver

Evidence Shows that Plan to Radically Change Funding for Medicare and Medicaid will Hurt Recipients.

Roosevelt Island Exhibit to Display Work by Artists with Disabilities Representing CP of NYS Affiliates.

Happiness House Project Receives $440,000 from Golisano Foundation.

Enable will Host Treatment Seminar in July.

 

 


CONSTANTINO, MATTHEWS WILL SERVE ON COMMISSIONER’S PANEL

 

Last week New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Courtney Burke announced the members of the Steering Committee that will guide the development of the People First Waiver in New York. Susan Constantino, President and CEO, Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State and Edward Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, are among those appointed to serve on the committee.

 

According to Commissioner Burke this committee will oversee a comprehensive planning process in which a wide range of interested parties will develop a proposal to the federal government for a new administrative and fiscal structure for New York State’s developmental disabilities service system. The committee will examine current policy issues and shape the work of design teams focused on key elements of the system.

 

Al Shibley

 


PEOPLE FIRST WAIVER

OPWDD is asking for comments on the development of a new Medicaid waiver program called the People First Waiver. The purpose of this waiver is to develop and implement creative service delivery and payment models that integrate acute and long-term care to achieve improved health outcomes and quality of care, while lowering health care costs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

To view the latest news on the “People First Waiver”,
click here.

To view an explanatory letter from the OPWDD Commissioner,
click here.

To view a concept paper with more information on this waiver,
click here.

If you would like to email any ideas, comments, concerns or questions regarding this waiver and/or strengthening system oversight and accountability, send an email to OPWDD at:
[email protected]

Al Shibley

 


CP of NYS ORGANIZES FORUM ON NY STATE’S PROPOSED 1115 WAIVER

 

On June 29 and 30, CP of NYS will be holding a forum for Affiliate Executive Directors and other leaders across the State to learn how other states have attempted to implement “managed care” programs for people with developmental disabilities. In this program, underwritten in part by the Burton Blatt Institute, Allan Bergman – a national expert on federal waivers in other States – will facilitate the discussion and present information about the current landscape under the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care; how other states have implemented managed care models and what the federal government will allow. Those in attendance will develop a list of ideas and principles that must be included in an 1115 waiver.

 

State leaders including OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke, Jim Introne, and key OPWDD staff members working on the waiver application have been invited to attend the first day of this meeting.

 

The next day there will be a meeting of CP of NYS Affiliates only, who will work to develop CP of NYS positions on the 1115 waiver for our advocacy over the coming months.

 

Affiliate Executive Directors should have received their invitation to this event; if you require further information, please contact Marie Colbert at [email protected] or (518) 436-0178

Mike Alvaro

 


EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT PLAN TO RADICALLY CHANGE FUNDING FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WILL HURT RECIPIENTS

 

A recent letter to their colleagues from Reps. Henry Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Health Subcommittee provided detailed analyses of the impact of House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. The Ryan budget was included in the FY 2012 budget resolution (H.Con. Res. 34). The Waxman/Pallone analyses demonstrate the harsh outcomes of block-granting Medicaid and converting Medicare into a private voucher program in all 435 congressional districts.

 

Although the Senate rejected the House FY 2012 budget resolution in May, advocates are concerned that elements of this budget resolution could resurface in future reconciled budget resolutions. Review the Waxman/Pallone analyses to see how House budget plans for Medicare and Medicaid would negatively impact low-income communities and the elderly in your congressional district by logging onto this site http://tinyurl.com/3mffk3w .

 

Your elected officials need to hear your voices in support of the current structures of Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Barbara Crosier

 


ROOSEVELT ISLAND EXHIBIT TO DISPLAY WORK BY ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES REPRESENTING CP OF NYS AFFILIATES

 

Queens Centers for Progress, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester and Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State-Metro Services have joined with the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) to produce an exhibit of art work by people with disabilities. The exhibit will run from June 25 to July 17 at the Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. RIVAA hosted a similar exhibit by CP of NYS, QCP and UCP of NYC in 2009.

 

The 2011 show will feature paintings, photography and other forms of artwork created by people with disabilities supported and served by the four participating organizations. For more information visit the gallery website at www.rivaa.com .

 

Al Shibley

 


HAPPINESS HOUSE PROJECT RECEIVES $440,000 FROM GOLISANO FOUNDATION

 

CP of NYS Affiliate Happiness House is getting a $440,000 gift from the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation to help build a residence and efficiency apartments for transitional residents. The transitional home will assist in serving three young adults with disabilities and five adults with traumatic brain injuries.

 

The total cost of the project is $725,000. Additional funds will be raised through grants, financing plans and fundraising events. Over the past six years Happiness House has received approximately one-million dollars from the Golisano Foundation to serve people with disabilities in the Finger Lakes region.

 

Al Shibley

 


ENABLE WILL HOST TREATMENT SEMINAR IN JULY

 

Systems-Based Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy:

Using Evidence to Guide Practice

July 18, 2011

 

8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Registration begins at 8:00 am

Enable Large Conference Room, 1603 Court Street, Syracuse NY

Presented by Dr. Anne Marie Abt & Dr. Colleen Shaver

 

This seminar will include:

 

·         Background Information on Cerebral Palsy

·         Evaluation and Prediction of Functional Abilities

·         Theories of Motor Control and Motor Learning

·         Outline of Treatment Strategies (neurodevelopmental, constraint induced, therapeutic exercise, conductive education, and motor learning activity focused interventions)

·         Case Studies

 

Registration - $89 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Registration Deadline: July 8, 2011

This seminar is worth 6 NYSPTA CEUs.

For more information, please contact Deb Oonk
at (315) 410-3384 or [email protected] .

 

Al Shibley

 


 

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