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Affiliate appreciation is underway!

We’re excited to announce that the Affiliate appreciation videos have begun and will be posted every weekday until our Virtual Conference, October 26-29

We’ll post them below, but you can  also find them on CP State’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please like and share with your followers so they can see the wonderful work we’re doing throughout the state.

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Voting information for persons with developmental disabilities

Election Day 2020 is November 3 – only six weeks away. Deadlines to register to vote or request an absentee ballot or an accessible absentee ballot are coming even sooner. There is so much on the line this year, and voting is absolutely critical to ensure that Medicaid and programs like CDPA continue to exist and are available to everyone who needs it. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to help shape the future of healthcare access and vital long-term care services.

 

Make sure you are registered to vote, find your polling place, and check out the dates for important deadlines below, as well as information on how you can make sure your vote counts.

Make a plan to vote.

  • Voter registration deadline – October 9
    • The last day to register to vote in person or online is October 9, 2020.
    • Mail-in registrations must be postmarked on or before October 9, 2020.
    • Register to vote online here.
  • Absentee ballot request deadline – October 27
    • Absentee ballots must be requested on or before October 27, 2020.
    • Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020.
    • Ballots must be returned in person by 9 PM on November 3, 2020.
    • Request an absentee ballot here.
  • Accessible Absentee ballot request deadline – October 27
    • The form to request an accessible absentee ballot must be submitted on or before October 27, 2020.
    • Completed accessible ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020.
    • Completed accessible ballots must be returned in person by 9 PM on November 3, 2020.
    • Request an accessible ballot here.
  • Early voting – October 24 to November 1
    • Find the times and days for early voting in your county here.

Want to do more? Check out these online tools and resources from our partners at the New York Association on Independent Living to help organize and educate voters with disabilities.
The following information is provided by OPWDD:

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as “The Motor Voter Act”) made it easier for all Americans, regardless of ability, to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The Motor Voter Act requires all offices of State-funded programs that are primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities to provide all program applicants with voter registration forms and to assist in their completion and submission.

OPWDD is committed to ensuring that voting rights are upheld for the people we serve, and that every person is given the opportunity to register to vote. Every effort should be made to discuss with individuals their right to vote and to encourage and assist with any interest in doing so.

This year’s general election will be held: Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

In NYS, the deadline to register to vote is: Friday, October 9th, 2020, and it can be done online, in person or by mail.

Additionally, if registered to vote, mail-in ballots can be requested by Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Several early voting days will be available, beginning October 24th.

A safe way to vote must be discussed with every individual seeking to exercise this right.

Mental Hygiene Law 33.01 provides for equal provision of civil rights to persons with developmental disabilities and specifically includes the right to register for and to vote in elections “if in all other respects qualified and eligible.” New York State Election Law sets forth the qualifications for eligible voter participation. Section 5-106 prohibits those who have been convicted of a felony and those who “have been adjudged incompetent by order of a court of competent judicial authority” from voting. Interpretation, implementation and monitoring of eligibility criteria is left to the Local Boards of Elections and questions regarding specific individuals’ eligibility and registration statuses should be directed to the Local Boards of Election.

Counsel’s Office Bureau of Service Delivery may be contacted at (518) 474-7700 with additional questions.

One month with COVID-19 infection rate below 1%

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ONE MONTH WITH COVID-19 INFECTION RATE BELOW 1 PERCENT

   

0.88 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

  

2 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,064 Establishments; Observes 7 Establishments Not in Compliance

 

Confirms 520 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 440,021; New Cases in 42 Counties

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced for one month, or 31 days, that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has remained below 1 percent. Yesterday, 0.88 percent of tests reported to the state were positive. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, our state has now gone a full month with our COVID infection rate remaining below one percent,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our numbers have continued to remain stable even as we reach new milestones in our phased, data-driven reopening. As we close out this Labor Day Weekend, I urge everyone to remain smart so we can continue to celebrate our progress in the weeks and months ahead. It took the work of all of us to get here, and to protect this progress we will need to all continue to wash our hands, wear our masks, remain socially distant and above all, stay New York tough.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,064 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 7 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

·       Brooklyn – 1

·       Manhattan – 1 

·       Suffolk – 5 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

·       Patient Hospitalization – 413 (+3)

·       Patients Newly Admitted – 49

·       Hospital Counties – 33

·       Number ICU – 115 (-4)

·       Number ICU with Intubation – 57 (+1)

·       Total Discharges – 75,471 (+46)

·       Deaths – 2

·       Total Deaths – 25,361

Of the 58,865 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 520, or 0.88 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Capital Region

0.5%

0.9%

0.5%

Central New York

0.7%

0.8%

1.1%

Finger Lakes

0.6%

0.7%

0.7%

Long Island

1.5%

1.1%

1.0%

Mid-Hudson

1.1%

0.9%

1.2%

Mohawk Valley

0.7%

0.9%

1.1%

New York City

0.7%

0.7%

0.8%

North Country

0.2%

0.2%

0.3%

Southern Tier

0.2%

0.5%

0.4%

Western New York

1.2%

2.0%

1.9%

The Governor also confirmed 520 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 440,021 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 440,021 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

2,833

2

Allegany

92

0

Broome

1,365

8

Cattaraugus

230

1

Cayuga

183

0

Chautauqua

476

1

Chemung

210

2

Chenango

235

0

Clinton

152

0

Columbia

576

1

Cortland

103

0

Delaware

124

1

Dutchess

4,939

11

Erie

10,320

54

Essex

149

1

Franklin

59

0

Fulton

312

0

Genesee

302

1

Greene

314

0

Hamilton

14

0

Herkimer

308

0

Jefferson

156

2

Lewis

49

0

Livingston

189

0

Madison

475

1

Monroe

5,585

13

Montgomery

215

0

Nassau

45,229

36

Niagara

1,654

4

NYC

236,212

203

Oneida

2,305

3

Onondaga

3,993

10

Ontario

408

3

Orange

11,525

10

Orleans

315

1

Oswego

329

4

Otsego

285

17

Putnam

1,534

3

Rensselaer

860

1

Rockland

14,418

22

Saratoga

893

4

Schenectady

1,314

4

Schoharie

73

0

Schuyler

28

0

Seneca

102

0

St. Lawrence

297

1

Steuben

320

0

Suffolk

45,304

46

Sullivan

1,544

1

Tioga

214

2

Tompkins

339

7

Ulster

2,203

2

Warren

326

0

Washington

270

0

Wayne

296

5

Westchester

37,277

31

Wyoming

127

1

Yates

62

0

Yesterday, there were 2 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,361. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

1

Kings

1

ISS exemption from 20% withhold 

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) reported on their call with providers that certain payments for housing will be exempt from the 20% withhold. Such payments are included in Individual Supports and Services (ISS) contracts, Assistive Support Prices, and direct housing subsidies in self-directed budgets. 

 OPWDD indicated that payments made during the current quarter (July1, 2020 to September 30, 2020) of the State’s current fiscal year for invoices related to the ISS (ISS/Housing Subsidy) Program will not be subject to the 20% withhold, regardless of service date. This applies to housing subsidies that are directly available to individuals enrolled in the traditional ISS program and paid through an ISS contract or Assistive Support Price, as well as people who receive housing subsidies and self-direct their services.

Special designation needed

To ensure that a portion of these payments are not inadvertently withheld, OPWDD is requiring that any invoices, vouchers and claims for reimbursement of ISS/housing subsidies be specifically identified when they are submitted. Effective immediately, please include the term “ISS/housing subsidy” in the upper right-hand corner of any ISS/housing subsidy request for reimbursement. 

Payments that have already been made from which the 20% was withheld are currently being reviewed by OPWDD. You will be contacted if there is need for further information.

As a reminder, the 20% withhold continues to be applied to other state-only forms of reimbursement.

We will inform you of any additional requirements as they become available and will continue to work on a longer commitment. Kevin Valenchais and his staff, as well as others at OPWDD worked to get this accomplished for all the people who are living independently in the community and we are grateful for their effort.

Electronic Visit Verification resources

Electronic Visit Verification is required to be implemented as of January 1, 2021.  

Attached and below are the following:

  1. DOH EVV technical assistance call on Tuesday, August 18.  DOH has urged that all providers’ IT/technical folks be on the call to hear the DOH explanation
  2. A link to all of the billing codes that are subject to EVV effective 1-1-2021
  3. A link to the DOH draft Interface Control Document (ICD) for review and comment. The ICD describes the relationship between the Electronic Medicaid of New York (eMedNY) information system and EVV Submitters and specifies the requirements of both participating systems.
  4. EVV event calendar link
  5. Letter to CMS/Seema Verma urging an EVV implementation delay from ANCOR, ACCSES & other national provider associations.

#1 EVV TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CALL

Following NYSDOH’s commitment for continued collaboration and communication with EVV stakeholders, NYSDOH would like to invite stakeholders to attend a Technical Assistance Call scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 2-3 p.m. During this call we will be presenting a webinar on the following topics:

  • Review of prerequisites to access the NYS EVV API Service
  • Demo of the eMedNY Developer portal and the EVV API Sandbox
  • Discussion of EVV API Best Practices
  • Review of the multiple approaches to submit EVV Data to eMedNY

Please use the following link to register prior to the event: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4dce88323cce69768cb5b7fdc2b65191

Additional details can be found here: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/evv/tech_assist/index.htm

NYSDOH looks forward to continued collaboration with the EVV stakeholder community.

#2  List of billing codes that are subject to federal and state EVV requirements 

These are effective 1-1-2021 and includes OPWDD com hab, respite, HCBS TBI, CDPA, etc.

https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/evv/repository/app_billing_codes.htm

 #3   Interface Control Document (ICD)

As discussed on recent Technical Assistance Calls, NYSOH is posting a draft Interface Control Document (ICD) for review and comment. The ICD describes the relationship between the Electronic Medicaid of New York (eMedNY) information system and EVV Submitters and specifies the requirements of both participating systems. This includes the concept of operations, the file structure and protocols that govern the interchange of data, and the communication paths along which the data is expected to flow. The ICD can be found here.

Comments can be sent to EVVHelp@health.ny.gov.

 #4  EVV Event Calendar

DOH will host a series of technical collaboration calls to assist with questions related to EVV implementation.

 #5  Ancor letter urging EVV implementation delay

Click here to read the letter to CMS/Seema Verma urging an EVV implementation delay from ANCOR, ACCSES & other national provider associations.

CP State Annual Art and Photo Contest

CP State will, once again, hold an art contest from which we will produce a commemorative poster. This year, more than ever, we believe it is important that we continue to offer opportunities for the people we support to express themselves through art.

ANNUAL ART CONTEST & POSTER 

Featuring Artwork by People with Disabilities from CP State Affiliates

We know that it may be more difficult for you this year, but we are asking that each Affiliate select and submit one piece of original artwork created by someone receiving services from your agency.  It must be submitted by the Affiliate. There is no minimum or maximum age. You may submit artwork by children or adults, but please submit just one piece of original artwork per Affiliate.

Please email a high-resolution (at least 240 dpi) picture of your Affiliate’s entry to Bill DeVoe at wdevoe@cpstate.org by September 14, using your Affiliate name and “Art Show” in the subject line. We will display the pieces in a virtual art gallery during our virtual conference October 26-28. A commemorative poster will be printed and sent to affiliates.

Please make sure that we have permission to publicly display the work and the artist’s name.  We ask that you obtain permission to use any of the art on our website or in some of our Conference-related materials. Click here top download the permission form. Please complete the form and send it with the artwork.

2020 SNAPSHOTS 

We will also conduct a photography exhibit. Make sure to submit work that we have permission to display publicly and on line A permission form is attached.

We would also like to have permission to use any photograph submitted in publications or online.

Please send us a digital version of the photo so that we may incorporate all the entries in the conference materials.

Contact me if you have any questions at (518) 478-4809 or wdevoe@cpstate.org.

Senator Carlucci Op-Ed: Thirty Years Later – The Fight for Inclusion and Equality

The following Op-Ed appeared in the July 28, 2020 edition of the River Journal

 

NYS Senator David Carlucci

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Few laws have affected the lives of so many Americans, and even fewer have made such sweeping positive change. Thirty years later, we credit the ADA for improving accessibility—requiring elevators, ramps, and curb cuts. We credit it for reasonable accommodations and revolutionized telecommunications for individuals with hearing and speech disabilities. More than this, the ADA is a civil rights law, which prohibits discrimination often faced by individuals with disabilities. The law was the first step in guaranteeing equal opportunity to employment, housing, education, transportation and more for individuals with disabilities. Thirty years after the ADA’s passage, we celebrate the landmark law, and commit to the necessary reforms still needed to eliminate barriers for individuals with disabilities.

As Chair of the New York State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, it’s been my goal to ensure equal access to independence, employment, and quality of life improvements for individuals with disabilities. My work has included authoring and passing a number of bills to this end like the NY ABLE Act and the Inspire New York Act. The NY ABLE ACT allows New Yorkers with disabilities to save for expenses related to their disability, without risking their eligibility for Medicaid or Supplemental Security. The Inspire New York Act provides a tax credit to employers who hire individuals with a developmental disability. Further, to help destigmatize disabilities in New York, I worked to update the State’s accessibility logo and remove the word “handicapped” from new or replaced signage. We know despite these reforms, barriers to equality remain in our state.

To help ensure equality, we should start with opposing the proposed $238 million in funding cuts to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These cuts will harm progress we have made in New York, such as securing Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), who care for our most vulnerable, the pay increases they were promised. DSPs have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since day one without adequate personal protection equipment, and now they stand to lose salary increases they deserve. With these proposed cuts, essential service providers who offer housing and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be gravely impacted, creating ripple effects that hurt those we should be protecting during a pandemic. Rather than slash funding, our federal government should be taking the necessary action to provide funding to States to protect individuals with disabilities.

It’s imperative the federal government work to eliminate barriers for individuals with disabilities by addressing unemployment. Thirty years after the ADA’s passage, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities remains more than double that of their non-disabled peers leaving many in poverty. Under current law, employers can pay sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities—a predatory and unjust practice. Despite attempts to change the law passing through the U.S. House of Representatives, the law was stopped in the U.S. Senate. On top of that, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) remains inadequately funded, which is supposed to ensure that children with disabilities get the education and training they need to succeed. Ensuring a quality education, regardless of ability, should not be a political matter. These are just a few examples of a seemingly endless list of barriers that stand in the way of true equality for individuals with disabilities. However, these barriers represent a roadmap of actionable items that we must address to continue our progress in the spirit of the ADA’s thirtieth anniversary.

As we commemorate the ADA, we cannot backpedal in the fight for inclusion and equality. We must understand that this law’s passage did not mark an end to this fight, rather, a new beginning. Let’s be alert to the gaps that remain, continue our work to level the playing field, and fight to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of our society.

CP Unlimited welcomes two Columbia Grad School students for fellowship during COVID-19  pandemic

In June, CP Unlimited welcomed 2 students from Columbia University Graduate School of Business for the start of their Summer Fellowship Program.  Stephanie Lin and Li Wang met with CEO Susan Constantino and CFO Tom Mandelkow to share their interests in learning about the services we provide, and their hopes that their projects will provide useful analysis and information to CP Unlimited.

The Governing Board and Management of CP Unlimited would like to thank:

Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogy ’86 Faculty Director &   Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School for sponsoring the students and giving us the opportunity to host the fellows.

Our special thanks to Program Director Ivy Hatsengate for her advice and guidance.

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Stephanie Lin’s educational background consists of a double major for Finance and Statistics at NYU. She also has just finished her first year of an MBA at Columbia Business School and will complete her degree May 2021. Her work experience involves 3 years at Deloitte as a data consultant.

Her interest in CP U is giving her new experiences in working with a non-profit entity, particularly specializing in data analytics. Her experience as an intern is definitely helping her become ready for the nonprofit world: a sphere she hopes to work in post-MBA.

Stephanie wrote:

My project is about measuring the ROI of telemedicine. For context, CPU engaged in a telemedicine project since late 2018, and now want to assess if the grant money used to fund it was put into good use.

What I want to learn is what needs to be considered when assessing a project in the nonprofit space. I am used to evaluating the value of things from a for-profit perspective, so this internship is definitely a great learning opportunity for me to understand how nonprofits assess differently.

I hope to bring to CPU my background in data analytics for financial consulting, as well as my first year of an MBA education.

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Li Wang recently graduated from Columbia Business School with concentration in Finance and Healthcare Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Tsinghua University in China. Her focus on healthcare industry for 7 years in Tokyo, Japan involved working as a strategy analyst for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, then as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Li has accumulated rich experience in business analytics and organizational transformation.

Her project in CPU will be looking at the impact at COVID-19 in an IDD setting. This will give her the experience in looking at the health care industry in US and understand the financial impact of COVID-19 to OPWDD service providers in New York State. She is looking forward to gaining practical skills in risk/crisis management.

Li Wrote:

I am trying to quantify the financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the revenues and costs at CP U, and develop forecast of the upcoming years and recommendations for higher operational efficiency.

This project is tremendously helpful for me to understand the services for IDD population, healthcare system in New York and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and our society.

Hopefully, the project results will bring a bit more visibility of the operations for CP U and be helpful in preparation for any potential crisis.

NYDA hosting July 23 panel with Senator Gillibrand

Register by COB Monday, July 20, for this online panel discussion of our provider system and the proposed OPWDD cuts.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Senator Gillibrand has leading voice for individuals with disabilities and the workforce that serves them. She fought for and secured an increase in the enhanced FMAP and for increases in HCBS waiver funding. 
Join Senator Gillibrand and NYDA members on Thursday, July 23, 11:30 a.m., for this very important discussion on the state of our field.

CFR training sessions to be held July 28-30

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) will be conducting three training sessions on completing the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR):

All fiscal employees that feel they may benefit from the Webinars are welcome to attend. As each NYS CFR Agency is separately notifying providers, you may receive more than one announcement regarding this training.

Each session contains different content as noted below.

Session

Date

Start Time

End Time

Content

1

7/28/2020

10:00am

12:30pm

Getting started, Time to do the CFR, Core Reports

2

7/29/2020

10:00am

12:30pm

General and Agency Specific Changes/Highlights, Steps to a successful submission, Claiming

3

7/30/2020

10:00am

11:00am

COVID-19 Instructions

Use the links below to register for the sessions listed above. Please note that you must register for each individual session that you plan to attend.

Session 1 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4ad1fa88f2e46ba2b14c8bdf35febd6b

Session 2 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e97cd7ef0c99db5963f623d46578c0f50

Session 3 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e13f38bc338d35a6e17bec371ac74633e

After the webinar is completed, a recording of the webinar will be posted for your viewing and a link will be sent out to all registered participants.

Note: Representatives from the State Education Department (SED) will not be present at these training sessions, and information regarding SED programs will not be covered. SED encourages filers to view the CFR on-line training modules located on the Rate Setting Unit’s website at the following address for CFR training guidance: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/rsu/Training/CFRTraining.html