News & Views 12.07.2011

  • THREE-WAY AGREEMENT REACHED ON COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PLAN – GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION
  • NADSP Competencies Recognized as a Component of the United States Department of Labor's
  • Long-Term Supports & Services Competency Model
  • NEWS BULLETIN FROM THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND CHIP SERVICES – CMCS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
  • NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK RELEASES REPORT ON COMMUNITY MONITORING PROJECTS
  • OPWDD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE EMPLOYMENT PAGE
  • SED SURVEY DUE BY DECEMBER 30
THREE-WAY AGREEMENT REACHED ON COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PLAN – GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION
 
On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a proposed three-way agreement on plans to stimulate New York’s economy and infrastructure projects to create jobs.  The plan includes major provisions to restructure New York’s tax code which may result in a tax cut for 4.4 million middle class residents and reduces the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) payroll tax, among other initiatives.  The plan also includes a job retention tax credit for businesses affected by this year’s natural disasters and a new tax credit to incentivize the hiring of inner city youth.
 
Through creating a more progressive tax structure, the three-way agreement will provide almost $2 billion in revenue for the State of New York and temporarily restructure current tax brackets to provide relief to taxpayers.  The Governor will appoint a Commission to examine a more complete overhaul of the entire state tax code.  Through the Governor’s New York Works Agenda, tens of thousands of jobs will be created through $1 billion in funds earmarked to specific infrastructure projects and a plan to expand casino gambling may be implemented.
 
Additionally, the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon announced plans to reduce the MTA payroll tax to provide relief to small businesses as well as a $50 million grant program to businesses and counties adversely impacted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
 
Through Executive authority, the Governor has called a Special Session of the State Legislature today.  The Assembly and Senate are expected to take up the measures set forth in the three-way agreement.  To review the Governor’s Proclamation, click here.  To view the joint Press Release issued by the Governor and legislative leaders outlining the three-way agreement, go to:  http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/1262011GrowTheEconomy
 
 
NADSP Competencies Recognized as a Component of the United States Department of Labor's
Long-Term Supports & Services Competency Model
 
 
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has announced the launch of the NADSP Competency set on the U.S. Department of Labors Competency Model for Long-Term Care Supports & Services Model - the first set of long-term care supports & services competencies to receive such approval by US DOL.
 
Competencies are the skills and knowledge needed to perform the activities of a job, or jobs within a particular industry.  The NADSP competency model was created in 2005 and is built upon the nationally validated community support skills standards (CSSS) that were developed for human service workers in community settings, and funded by the Department of Labor in 1996. These competencies define the skills that direct support professionals need in order to support people with disabilities in leading self-directed lives, contributing to their communities and encouraging the attitudes and behaviors that enhance inclusion in the community. The competencies reflect the skills, knowledge and attitudes of an experienced worker who is recognized by peers and supervisors as skilled and competent. "The fact that our competencies have been recognized as the standard by the US Department of Labor is a huge step for NADSP and our efforts to change the way training is delivered to direct support professionals" said Joseph Macbeth, Executive Director, NADSP. 
 
The NADSP competency set is the basis for the NADSP Credentialing Program and the US DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program for Direct Support Professionals that was created in partnership with NADSP and ANCOR.  Competencies are a necessary component to building and promoting a competent and stable direct support workforce.  The US DOL has advanced opportunities for entities to build workforce development tools and engage in the competency-based training, mentoring, and recognition programs; leading to a professional workforce prepared to meeting the growing demand of services and supports to individuals with disabilities and aging adults.  
 
NEWS BULLETIN FROM THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND CHIP SERVICES – CMCS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
 
The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) announced the initial launch of the first Federal government website devoted to the policies -- and the people -- of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The website is the culmination of efforts at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to revitalize and reorient the information the Federal government makes available about Medicaid and CHIP. As part of CMCS’ commitment to transparency and information sharing, Medicaid.gov brings to the forefront the items that States, the health policy community and other stakeholders have said they care about most, including: Federal policy guidance; lists of pending and approved waivers; highlights of the Affordable Care Act implementation efforts; State-specific program information and data; and improved search capabilities.
 
The new site design provides information about the Medicaid and CHIP programs that is organized and updated to reflect today's policy issues and priorities. CMCS provides easy access to answers to the most commonly asked questions and requests for information. Finally, Medicaid.gov includes a section for consumers to help them get information about the Medicaid or CHIP program in their State and links to http://www.healthcare.gov/ and http://www.insurekidsnow.gov where broader information about health coverage options is now available.
 
NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK RELEASES REPORT ON COMMUNITY MONITORING PROJECTS
 
Last month, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released a report:  “Keeping the Promise: True Community Integration and the Need for Monitoring and Advocacy”.  The report highlights two community monitoring projects in Alabama and North Carolina. NDRN received a grant from the Administration of Developmental Disabilities to contract with protection and advocacy (P&A) agencies in the two states and monitor at least 20 community settings (6 or less residents with intellectual disabilities).  The P&A agencies tracked individuals moving from institutions to community-based settings and sought to determine if people’s lives had improved. To access the report, go to:  http://www.ndrn.org/en/component/content/article/24-hompagestories/258-keeping-the-promise.html
 
OPWDD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE EMPLOYMENT PAGE
 
As a part of a comprehensive redesign of its’ website, OPWDD announced that the new employment page is now live.  The page contains both direct care professional opportunities, as well as others.  Applicants may also search state and non-profit agency opportunities. OPWDD envisions that this web page will evolve into an employment clearinghouse and over the next few months will be creating accounts to allow certified agencies to post employment opportunities free of charge.  Provider agencies are urged to create an account to post positions, if they do not already have one.  To post positions, provider agencies will be required to submit a user access request form which is available at www.opwdd.ny.gov/gl/images/userid_form.pdf.  Forms may be mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or faxed to Mary Ann Riviello at 518.486.7963. To view the site, please go to www.opwdd.ny.gov and open the Jobs tab located on the menu bar.
 
 
 
SED SURVEY DUE BY DECEMBER 30
 
OPWDD requests non-profit provider agency executives and DDSO Directors to complete the new on-line survey recently issued by the New York State Education Department (SED) prior to December 30, 2011.  The survey is seeking comments on the reports and recommendations made by the state agencies currently exempt from certain New York State professional licensure laws. The information from this survey will be used to shape SED’s recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor, which, by law, must be issued no later than July 1, 2012. Chapters 130 and 132 of the Laws of 2010 permit a time-limited exemption from specific licensing requirements for social workers, psychologists and mental health practitioners who are employed in programs which are regulated, funded or approved by OPWDD and certain other state agencies.  Without legislative action, these exemptions will expire on July 1, 2013.
 
In September 2011, OPWDD issued its’ own report to SED regarding the profoundly negative impact the expiration of these exemptions would have on service delivery in the developmental disabilities field.  In that report, OPWDD recommendations included the development of alternative pathways to licensure, substitution of equivalent experience for examination or other licensure requirements, and the expansion of current permanent exemptions to include OPWDD certified non-profit agency settings.
 

 

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