News & Views 01.13.2012

  • GOVERNOR TO DELIVER STATE BUDGET MESSAGE - STATE LEGISLATURE ANNOUNCES BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE
  • COMMISSIONER BURKE EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 1115 PEOPLE FIRST WAIVER
  • CQCAPD TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS
  • OPWDD'S INSTITUTE FOR BASIC RESEARCH RECEIVES
  • 3-YEAR GRANT TO STUDY VERY EARLY INDICATORS OF AUTISM RISK
  • IN THE NEWS....

 

ISSUE NUMBER 150-02

A members only publication.  

January 13, 2012

NYSACRA News and Views

Fredda Rosen, President

www.nysacra.org

Ann Hardiman, Executive Director

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE...

  • State Budget
  • Commissioner Burke
  • CQCAPD
  • OPWDD
  • In The News

 

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GOVERNOR TO DELIVER STATE BUDGET MESSAGE - STATE LEGISLATURE ANNOUNCES BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE

Governor Andrew Cuomo will release the proposed 2012-13 Executive Budget on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  According to a press release from Governor Cuomo’s Office, the Governor will hold the 2012-13 Budget Address at 2:00 PM on January 17th.  NYSACRA staff will review the budget proposal and provide members with a timely analysis. 

 

The State Legislature will commence the Joint Legislative Budget hearings on the proposed Executive Budget starting Monday, January 23rd.  The Mental Hygiene Budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14th in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building at 9:30AM.  To view the Legislative Budget Hearing schedule, go to: 

 http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm/WAM/20120111/.

 

COMMISSIONER BURKE EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 1115 PEOPLE FIRST WAIVER

In a “Friends and Colleagues” message this week, Commissioner Courtney Burke stressed the implementation of the 1115 People First Waiver as being instrumental to the expansion and improvement of supports and services to persons with developmental disabilities.  In a climate of decreasing federal funding, she notes that New York State has been one of the most funded states in the country.  Further, she cites that financial pressure necessitates a radical departure from how services have historically been structured.  Accordingly, she states that personalized service is the path to achieving better outcomes, including the development of meaningful employment opportunities, and the expansion of services tailored to individual needs.  OPWDD has launched a series of short videos in which Commissioner Burke responds to many questions from the field and from individuals and families about the waiver.  To view the videos go to short videos.

 

CQCAPD TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS

The Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is inviting feedback and recommendations from current and former clients, advocates, stakeholders and others regarding the effectiveness of its’ Protection and Advocacy and Client Assistance Programs.  There will be three forums on the following dates and locations:

  • New York City: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fourth Floor Conference Room, Farley Post Office, 380 West 33rd Street Entrance (nearest to 9thAvenue), New York City. A PHOTO ID WILL BE NEEDED FOR ADMITTANCE

 

  • Rochester:        Monday, February 6, 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

                   Rochester Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

 

  • Albany:           Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                            Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 of the Empire State Plaza, Albany

Organizations and individuals intending to speak will be limited to three minutes per person, and are advised to register in advance for the particular location either on-line or by calling CQCAPD at (800) 624-4143 (Voice/TTY/Relay) no later than five business days prior to the forum date.  Those who are unable to attend the public forums are encouraged to submit written comments electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by mail: CQCAPD Forums, 401 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, or by fax: 518-388-1276, by February 15, 2012.   The locations will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, and assistive listening devices will also be provided. Individuals who require other accommodation or auxiliary aids should contact CQCAPD at (800) 624-4143 (Voice/TTY/Relay) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later thanfive business days prior to the forum date.  These forums will be webcast and more information is available at www.cqc.ny.gov, or by phone at (800) 624-4143 (Voice/TTY/Relay.)

 

OPWDD’S INSTITUTE FOR BASIC RESEARCH RECEIVES

3-YEAR GRANT TO STUDY VERY EARLY INDICATORS OF AUTISM RISK

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD’s) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has been selected to receive a three-year grant for $450,000 from Autism Speaksfor research on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Said Commissioner Courtney Burke, “We are confident that this grant will lead to improved outcomes for the individuals we serve by making possible earlier diagnosis of ASD and earlier intervention for children with autism.” Building on IBR’s recent findings reported in the medical journal Pediatrics (September 2010; Vol.126, no. 3)—this award will contribute to the development and evaluation of methods for early identification of behavioral patterns in high-medical-risk NICU infants, which are potentially predictive of ASD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that ASD affects 1 in 110 children in the US, with low birth weight or pre-term infants at even a higher risk. Currently, OPWDD currently serves approximately 22,000 individuals with ASD.

 

IN THE NEWS….

This week, the New York Times (NYT) (1-10-12 “U.S. Report Criticizes New York on Monitoring Care of Developmentally Disabled”), the Wall Street Journal (1-11-12, “Federal Report Slams NY Care of Disabled”) and  other media outlets, covered the findings of a July 2011 site visit and program review of the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) conducted last July by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Developmental Disabilities (ADD.) 

 

Obtained by the NYT, the report indicates that the ADD survey and review team found CQCAPD “out of compliance” with several federal program requirements governing protection and advocacy organizations. The survey report strongly criticized the agency’s oversight of the developmentally disabled.  According to the NYT analysis of the findings and an interview with the ADD Commissioner Sharon B. Lewis, the CQCAPD failed to provide “proper oversight”; “mishandled care and safety” and did not adequately account for how federal dollars were being spent.  Also noted was the apparent lack of the agency’s independence from the governor’s office.  CQCAPD was required to submit a plan of corrections by January 13, 2012, and, in addition, must now submit monthly progress reports to the ADD.  The ADD also indicated in its survey report that the site visit was prompted by the succession of articles published in the NYT. For the full NYT article visit http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/nyregion/federal-government-criticizes-new-york-on-disabled-care.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion.To view the survey findings click “report” in the body of the article (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/11/nyregion/12abused-Federal-Report-on-Disabled-Care.html)

 

In another article, the Connecticut Mirror reported that Governor Daniel P. Molloy is taking bold steps to reduce Medicaid costs by moving HUSKY and Charter Oaks Medicaid programs out of managed care. The state will also expand the “Money Follows The Person” program so that more elderly and disabled persons are able to move from institutional settings into the community-based housing.  The Molloy Administration estimates the state will save “tens of millions” of dollars, in a $4 billion dollar Medicaid program, while significantly increasing their share of federal dollars.  Currently, Connecticut pays three managed care companies a set monthly fee in return for covering the medical claims for over 400,000 Medicaid recipients.  Critics of managed care have long asserted that there is a strong incentive to deny or reduce care because the managed care companies get to keep the dollars they don’t spend.   The new model will pay “administrative service organizations” to coordinate care more comprehensively than the managed care organizations, and incentives would be based on hitting “wellness” targets rather than limiting access to care.  The Molloy administration intends to use this overhaul of health care as a springboard to develop “medical homes.” 

 

Kaiser has also weighed in on Connecticut’s plan to remove the state’s Medicaid programs from private insurance companies. In a recent article in Kaiser Health News, state officials indicated that insurance companies “did not fulfill their promise” of lower cost and better health care. According to Kaiser, Connecticut is convinced that the non-profit administrative services organizations will provide better and more coordinated care to vulnerable populations, and at the same time save the state money.  Connecticut is only the second state to drop for-profit Medicaid managed care plans in the last ten years. Oklahoma did so in 2005, and officials there have affirmed their non-profit administrative service organizations have received high scores in patient satisfaction and quality, while per member costs have increased very slowly, at a rate of 1.2%.

 

Also in the news, ANCOR reported that a North Carolina (NC) panel voted to pay $50,000 to each survivor who was sterilized under the state's eugenics program. The NC Legislature will have to approve the payments; however this would be the first state in the nation to compensate victims of some of the programs that sterilized thousands. The NC Board of Eugenics approved sterilizing 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974. 

 

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