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8-16-13 CP NEWS

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 8/16/13 Affiliate Update
(Volume #19 – Issue #12)


DOH WILL OFFER EI SAFETY NET PAYMENTS

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced that it would be offering all Early Intervention providers state-funded “Safety Net Payments” for outstanding commercial insurance claims. Because only eight counties had opted to participate in the previously announced “Preliminary Escrow Payment (PEP),” DOH is replacing the PEP initiative with state-only funding (no county) in the “Safety Net Payments.”
 
The 125 providers which had already agreed to participate in PEP will be sent a termination form and an amendment to the existing DOH provider agreement via certified mail with return receipt.
All other providers will be notified by email that they can participate in this new Safety Net Payments and will need to contact DOH in order to receive the provider agreement amendment via certified mail. This amendment will reflect the Early Intervention providers’ agreement to participate in the Safety Net Payments.

The Safety Net Payments will be a one-time payment in an amount of 75% of your outstanding claims that have been submitted – consistent with the PEP calculation. The repayment of the Safety Net Payments will begin October 1,2013 and extend through July 2014.

Barbara Crosier


PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS

Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is soliciting applicants for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council. The PADD Advisory Council will be comprised of approximately 7-9 people representing all parts of the state. A majority of the members shall be individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services, or parents or family members, (including those representing individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live in institutions and home and community based settings), guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals.

The PADD Advisory Council will meet no less than three times annually. Members must be able to attend all meetings. DRNY will cover the reasonable travel costs to attend. The Advisory Council will be responsible for advising DRNY on its priorities and advocacy for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

To be considered for membership to the PADD Advisory Council, please submit this application.  All applications will be presented to DRNY’s Board of Directors for approval.

Barbara Crosier


AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

The 2013 Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Saratoga City Center on Monday, October 21 at 6:00 pm. Individuals and organizations from across the state will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments or service to people with disabilities.

Ten individuals and organizations will be recognized in eight awards categories. The 2013 CP of NYS Awards categories and winners are:

Al Felmet Achievement Award
Henry Gage Johnson (Inspire of Orange County)
Henry “Gage” Johnson first came to Inspire for early intervention services when he was six months old. He took his first unaided steps at Inspire at the age of 12 and 11 years later is a trusted and valued employee at the Orange County agency.  
 
Anthony J. Koenig Volunteer Service Award
Anthony Galano, Jr. (United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc.)
Tony Galano has been an active supporter of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (ucpn) for more than 23 years. He has served on the ucpn Board of Directors since 1990, serving in many leadership positions and is a member of the organization’s foundation board.

Employer of the Year
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (Tarrytown)
The 2013 Employer of the Year Award recipient works hard to support people with disabilities and currently employs nine individuals from the Jawonio (Rockland County) Employment Services Department.

Program Innovation Award
Center for Disability Services / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biomedical Engineering Collaborative
For the past six years the School of Engineering at Rensselaer and the Center for Disability Services have had a collaborative agreement that has been beneficial to both organizations. Staff and program participants at the Center develop challenging projects for biomedical engineering students, providing them with opportunities to make meaningful impacts on the lives of people with diverse and complex needs.

Robert Schonhorn Direct Support Professional of the Year Award
Marcus Benjamin (CP Rochester) & Michael Sayers (Aspire of WNY)
Marcus Benjamin’s supervisors and co-workers say that he displays a passion and commitment to his work that is truly inspiring to all he encounters. He strongly believes that everyone needs to control their own life, regardless of who they are or the circumstances in which they find themselves.

Michael Sayers came to Aspire WNY as a direct service professional after a 25-year career as an adaptive physical education teacher at BOCES because he felt he had more to give. He is a positive influence on program participants, but also an inspiration to his colleagues. He believes that every life experience can be a teachable moment and an opportunity to become a better and stronger person.

Natalie Rogers Employee of the Year Award
Amy Bittinger (UCP of NYC)
Amy Bittinger has done much to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities through her work as director of family support at UCP of New York City and as chair of the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council Family Support Committee. She was instrumental in establishing the New York State Self Advocacy Association and also created the Family Connect Information and Referral Database at UCP of NYC.  

Elks Award
Ballston Spa Lodge # 2619 – David Brown
David Brown has a long history of commitment to the Home Service Program and a strong record of leadership in raising funds and awareness in support of the mission and vision of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.


The Awards Banquet is part of the CP of NYS Annual Conference, which will bring hundreds of people from across the state to Saratoga October 21-23.

Al Shibley


SENATOR LIBOUS LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION TO PREVENT DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER CLOSURE

New York State Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous, of Binghamton, has initiated an online petition to prevent the closure of a developmental center in his district. According to a television station, “The Senator has launched an online petition campaign opposing the shut-down of the Broome Developmental Center on Glenwood Road in Dickinson. The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) recently announced that the facility, which employs about 700 full-time workers, would close within three years. OPWDD plans to transition the 160 plus residents to group homes.” Libous says he supports community integration of people with developmental disabilities but that there is a “different way to do this.”

Libous is a former chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

The effort to save Broome Developmental Center comes on the heels of another petition drive by Libous to save the Greater Binghamton Health Center which is one of a number of state psychiatric hospitals that the Office of Mental Health has slated for closure. You can find links to both petitions at TomLibous.com.

Barbara Crosier


ELKS AMBASSADORS CHOSEN

New York State Elks Major Projects, Inc. has chosen Allie Comfort from Able 2 and Kimberly Kennedy from Inspire and Jawonio to serve three-year terms as Elks Major Projects Ambassadors. As Ambassadors they and their families will represent the CP of NYS Home Service Program and their Affiliates at Elks events around the state.

Allie Comfort has been diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder, which causes her to have global developmental delays and weak muscle tone. She began receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy at the age of four months through the Early Intervention Program. At 18 months, she began speech therapy. Allie attended a preschool program at Able 2 in Elmira, where she continued receiving PT, OT and speech therapy in addition to respite services. Her family attributes much of her success to the therapists, teachers and staff with Able 2.

Allie enjoys riding horses, playing Challenger T-ball, swimming in Special Olympics and attending specialized camps. She also enjoys being outside and loves to play with her brother, Ryan, whom she calls her best friend.

Kimberly Kennedy is a happy 17 year-old with cerebral palsy. She was born seemingly healthy but began having seizures at six months old. After a two-week stay at Columbia Presbyterian hospital and many tests, the doctors determined that Kimmie had cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability.

She started her school career at Jawonio and currently attends Jesse Kaplan School Rockland County. She also receives service coordination from Inspire in Orange County. “The people at Inspire are just wonderful,” says her mother Jeannine.  Kimmie loves swimming, horseback riding and skiing, plays adapted soccer, has many friends and loves going to school.

Among other events around the state, at least one of the Ambassadors will attend the Elks Annual Fall and Spring Conventions and the CP of NYS Annual Conference. Look for them at an Elks event near you.

Allie Comfort  Kimmie Kennedy
                  Allie Comfort                                           Kimmie Kennedy

Al Shibley


MEDICAID SPENDING ON TRACK WITH GLOBAL CAP PROJECTIONS THROUGH TWO MONTHS

The Department of Health’s (DOH) May 2013 Medicaid Global Spending Cap Report shows that expenditures are $5 million (0.2%) under projections through the first two months of state fiscal year (SFY) 2013-2014. State share DOH Medicaid spending for SFY 2013-2014 is capped at $16.4 billion. Medicaid enrollment reached 5,295,204 enrollees at the end of May 2013, representing an increase of about 42,500 enrollees since March 2013. The Medicaid Cap does not currently include OPWDD.

Barbara Crosier


ACCSES ISSUES VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF WORKER PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

ACCSES supports Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In a recently released video ACCSES calls the Act worker protection legislation that ensures a full array of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For those with the most significant disabilities, a world without Section 14(c) is a world without work. You can protect employment, opportunity and personal choice for all by supporting Section 14(c) and helping to spread the word.

See the ACCSES information video on Section 14(c) at the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQALpECCpM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Barbara Crosier


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES STATES’ IDEA IMPLEMENTATION PERFORMANCE – NYS “NEEDS ASSISTANCE”
 
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released its annual determination of how states have performed in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). States are required to submit data and measurable improvement goals to OSERS about graduation rates, meeting evaluation timelines, participation and performance on statewide assessments, and many other areas. States must report on their progress in meeting those goals. OSERS then evaluates the performance of each state and issues determination letters. States may receive one of four determinations: meets, needs assistance, needs intervention, or needs substantial intervention. New York State was found to “need assistance.” IDEA requires OSERS to direct states to obtain technical assistance or develop corrective action plans. In worst cases, IDEA authorizes OSERS to withhold a state’s IDEA funding.

OSERS ratings of New York can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/partbspap/allyears.html#ny

Barbara Crosier


U.S. SENATE APPROVES DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION WEEK RESOLUTION
 
On July 31, led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week beginning September 8 as "National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week." This year's resolution marks the sixth consecutive year of recognition by the U.S. Senate for this essential workforce.
 
Senate Resolution 208 recognizes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for their commitment to supporting individuals and promoting community inclusion for individuals with disabilities of all ages. The resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
 
"Families across America depend on the hard work of Direct Support Professionals who provide an invaluable service to millions living with disabilities, seniors and people with chronic conditions. I am proud to honor these men and women who do so much to improve their clients' quality of life and keep community bonds strong," said Senator Cardin.

Barbara Crosier


JANET LABRECK CONFIRMED AS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMISSIONER OF THE REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

On Thursday, August 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Janet L. LaBreck. Ms. LaBreck was nominated by President Obama to serve as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration in February. Janet LaBreck was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), a position she held since 2007. Ms. LaBreck joined the MCB in 1985 as Consumer Advocate. She has served in a number of positions at the MCB since then, including Independent Living Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Regional Director of Central Massachusetts. Since 2005, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Assumption College, where she teaches courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation.  She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. She received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Springfield College.

Barbara Crosier


FEDERAL CHANGE IN TERMINOLOGY: “MENTAL RETARDATION” TO “INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY”

The United States Federal Register is replacing the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in the Listing of Impairments that are used to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act and in other appropriate sections of the rules. This change reflects the widespread adoption of the term “intellectual disability” by Congress, government agencies and various public and private organizations.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/08/01/2013-18552/change-in-terminology-mental-retardation-to-intellectual-disability

Barbara Crosier


BEST KEPT SECRET

JFK High School in Newark, NJ is for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of six young men for four years. They must graduate from JFK in the spring. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world – a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets. Best Kept Secret is a film about the school and these four young men.

BEST KEPT SECRET
Opening in NYC from September 5 - 12
HARLEM: At the New
MIST Harlem Theater
(Premiere 9/5, screenings 9/7-9/8)
46 W 116th Street, New York, NY 10026

DOWNTOWN: At the
IFC Center
(Playing 9/6-9/12)
323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014


Al Shibley



STATE AGENCY INFORMATION UPDATE

OPWDD JUSTICE CENTER MEMORANDUM
OPWDD recently issued a memorandum with updates and new information regarding the Justice Center implementation.

The memo includes information about new investigation submission requirements; a clarification on investigative assignments; requirements for reporting deaths; the Justice Center intake form and additional new resources and information. Each of the above categories in the memo also includes links to additional information. You may access the memorandum at the link below.
http://www.cpofnys.org/Libraries/Justice_Center/JC_Updates_7_30_13.sflb.ashx

    
JUSTICE CENTER ISSUES INTERIM PROCESS FOR CHECKING STAFF EXCLUSION LIST (SEL)
The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs has created an interim process for Providers to use to check the Staff Exclusion List before hiring anyone who will have regular and substantial contact with a service recipient. The Justice Center Memorandum detailing the interim process can be accessed at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/l3hsnjp.


OMIG UPDATES COMPLIANCE BEST PRACTICES
The Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) posted an updated list of compliance best practices, opportunities for enhancement and insufficiencies in its compliance library. These lists are based on what OMIG observed during program reviews of Medicaid providers’ compliance programs. The lists are current for reviews up through March 31, 2013. OMIG expects to continue to update this information periodically on its web site http://www.omig.ny.gov/.


OPWDD FRONT DOOR
Below is a link to the Q&A on the Front Door as well as contact information which is now on the OPWDD website.

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/welcome-front-door/questions-answers

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/welcome-front-door/Front_Door_Contact_Numbers

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