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January 30, 2014

From CDR: "Though some budget initiatives clearly undercut the Olmstead Plan, CDR still sees opportunities with which to implement stronger policies that prioritize the needs of people with disabilities. CDR stands ready to work with Governor's Cuomo's administration to develop the policy and budget changes needed to make that vision a reality for New Yorkers with disabilities. "


January 16, 2014

In order to ensure beneficiary protections and provide additional time for stakeholder advice, CMS and the State have agreed to an adjustment in the enrollment timeline for FIDA. The voluntary period for both the community based and nursing home populations will start 10/1/14 and the passive period for both populations will start 1/1/15. A new timeline is scheduled to be released by 1/31/14 for all the deliverables and the Medicaid Redesign Team plans to host a webinar or conference call in early February to go over the new schedule. They are not delaying the site visits.

For more information on FIDA, please visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/mrt_101.htm

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January 9, 2014

Don't forget to mark your calendars for NYAIL's Annual Legislative Day scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th. More information will be available on our website soon!

January 9, 2014

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State address. The speech provided little comment on health related issues. The full text of the address is available as a download at the end of this news story. Below are a few highlights of Governor Cuomo's address:

From Crain's Health Pulse:

In contrast to past years when Medicaid figured heavily in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, yesterday's comments briefly mentioned enrollment in the New York State of Health and his proposed medical marijuana pilot. His written address included reference to additional issues: creating Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives, the promotion of organ donation, and the creation of the NY Genomic Medicine Network. The latter is a proposed partnership linking the medical community in New York City with the University at Buffalo's computational infrastructure and biomedical research expertise at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The intent is to develop upstate "as a national center for genomic medicine research and jobs," according to the governor's office. HANYS noted that the Executive Budget proposal is due by Jan. 21, and with "tax relief a major priority and a projected budget deficit in the coming year, hospitals and all health care providers are potentially at risk."

From the New York Times:

For the most part, Mr. Cuomo's speech took on the tones of a business presentation, though he did sound notes of passion when he said he would push for several issues — abortion rights, campaign finance and ethics reforms — that dominated the debate during the 2013 legislative session. Bills on those issues were unsuccessful, and all will face steep climbs to pass this year as well. But he said he would try again, urging legislators to "stop playing politics with women's rights" and promising success on new ethics laws.
[Governor Cuomo] said the upstate economy had improved, unemployment had fallen in every region and taxes for every New Yorker were down.
Advocates for the poor noted there was little mention of antipoverty initiatives.
Retirees were irritated at the lack of any mention of support for care givers.
He also disclosed his support for loosening restrictions on marijuana, saying he planned to use an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses.

From Page 192 of the 2014 State of State:

Provide Specialized Justice Center Training for Law Enforcement

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs began operations on June 30, 2013. This independent State agency, enacted through the leadership of Governor Cuomo, was created to ensure that the more than one million vulnerable New Yorkers are protected from abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. The Justice Center has established new standards and practices that reform and strengthen the State's system of incident reporting, investigations and disciplinary processes.

Beginning in 2014, Governor Cuomo will direct the Justice Center to conduct statewide training programs to educate local law enforcement agencies at every level about the mandate of the Justice Center, its jurisdiction and the critical role it plays in criminal investigations related to the abuse and neglect of vulnerable New Yorkers. By providing this important information and engaging police officers and other law enforcement personnel, the Justice Center intends to build partnerships with law enforcement that will further protect New Yorkers with special needs.

In addition, the Justice Center in partnership with State public safety agencies will provide guidance on best practices for law enforcement response to situations and confrontations involving individuals with special needs. This training will focus on the sensitivities and special needs of people with both mental and physical disabilities and will include topics such as progressive approaches to addressing emergency situations, challenging behaviors and responsiveness, victimization of people with disabilities, and improved interaction skills. The training will promote collaboration among the Justice Center, law enforcement, emergency service workers and service providers to ensure that vulnerable New Yorkers are protected to the maximum extent possible.

For more information use the link below:

December 18, 2013

The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 (beginning October 1, 2014). To assist in the development of the State Plan, individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, employers and services providers are invited to attend the public meetings to provide comments on the provision of vocational rehabilitation services. The public comment period extends from February 5, 2014 through March 7, 2014. The current State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services is available for review.

For more information use the links below: