DD Advocacy Call 9-12-2022

Wini Schiff

Sep 12, 2022

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Team Legislative Briefing Call Notes Monday, September 12, 2022

  1. Federal

  1. Congress has returned to session

  1. DSP Standard Occupational Classification "SOC" bill advocacy – S.1437/H.R. 4779 – Take Action Now! To urge your members of Congress to pass this bill to create a Standard Occupational Classification for DSP to collect data that is critical in advocating for a wage that supports the skills and training required for a DSP.

  1. CMS Make Your Voice Heard Request for Information

  1. PHI releases Direct Care Workers in the United States: Key Facts

  1. State

  1. Masking Requirements & COVID-19 Booster Update - Following a press briefing by Governor Hochul on Wednesday, 9/7/22, NYS DOH Commissioner Dr. Bassett issued a Determination on Masking in Certain Indoor Settings, which removes masking requirements in the following settings, effective immediately:

  • Public transportation;

  • For-hire vehicles;

  • Airports;

  • Correctional facilities;

  • Detention centers; and

  • Homeless shelters.

Please note, while the requirement has been lifted, masks may still be encouraged in certain settings, including transit centers and taxis.

Masking requirements remain in place in adult care and health care facilities regulated by the state Department of Health, and in clinical settings regulated by the Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

At the press briefing, Governor Hochul announced the availability of a new bivalent COVID-19 booster that is targeted towards Omicron variants and bolsters previous vaccination protection. The Governor received this booster during the briefing and encouraged all New Yorkers to get the newly approved booster shot. More information on booster shots and eligibility can be found here.

Additional information is available in a press release from the Governor’s office here.

  1. Poliovirus State Disaster Emergency Executive Order 21 - Governor Hochul issued Executive Order 21 declaring a State Disaster Emergency due to the detection and spread of poliovirus. The Executive Order allows additional medical personnel to administer vaccinations for poliovirus.

  1. Assembly Standing Committee on People with Disabilities – Public Hearing on OPWDD’s 5.07 Plan, September 13, 2022. 10am, Hearing Room B, LOB, Albany, NY. Watch it live on www.nyassembly.gov

  1. New York State submitted it’s $13.52 billion 1115 waiver amendment request to CMS (federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) as of 9/2/22. CMS has 15 days to review the state’s application and deem it complete. Once that occurs, a thirty-day federal public comment period begins. You can share your feedback through the CMS webpage for New York’s 1115 Waiver, beginning as soon as September 17.

In addition, the state Medicaid program is holding its annually required 1115 MRT waiver public hearing on September 28, giving an opportunity to anyone who wants to comment - you can be sure that this will be a key focus. Learn more about the state’s public hearing on its 1115 MRT Waiver website.

Page 63 of the waiver document includes 2 paragraphs - one on telehealth and one on special populations – that include our telehealth concerns and specifically recognize the I/DD community – both good news for us.

  1. Governor Hochul announces $35 million for 1,400 permanent supportive housing projects- OMH is the lead procurement agency for the initiative that has-issued a request for proposals today for the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative funding, that the dollars will be dispersed by an interagency workgroup of eight State agencies serving vulnerable New Yorkers and that the supportive housing providers will be support providers serving homeless veterans and their families; victims of domestic violence; seniors or frail elderly; young adults with a history of incarceration, homelessness, or foster care; chronically homeless individuals and families; individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities; individuals reentering the community from prison; and those living with HIV or AIDS, serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

  1. Wiilowbrook Mile Opening & Ribbon Cutting – The College of Staten Island, Staten Island DD Council, OPWDD & Willowbrook Legacy Committee are holding the even on Saturday 9/17/22 at 11am at the College of SI Campus. Register here and see program here

  1. OPWDD

  1. CFRS - The desktop version of CFRS will be shut down 48-hours prior to the release of CFRS Web which is scheduled for September 15, 2022.   CFRs/CBRs that have been uploaded using the CFRS desktop version prior to the cutoff, will be available for review and edit in the new CFRS Web application.   As such, please plan your work related to the preparation and/or edit of a CFR(s) accordingly.  CFRs that are not uploaded prior to the cutoff date will not be available in CFRS Web, therefore, any work completed will be lost.

  1. SED

  1. Updated COVID FAQs - The September 8, 2022 updated “2022-2023 Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19” is available at: 2022-23-school-year-covid-19-faqs-for-schools_9-8-2022_0.pdf (ny.gov)

  1. Revisions include:

  1. Updates to Question #3 that provide clarity around isolation requirements

  1. Addition of Question #19 to share information about reporting COVID-19 case information to local health departments

  1. Advocacy on bills – the Statewide advocacy groups discussed the two bills and agreed to focus on A.10191 (Benedetto)/S.9132 (Mannion) that would allow for our schools to keep any surplus prior to reconciliation as included in the Attached sign on letter.

  1. Early Intervention – The EICC is having a meeting on Thursday, September 15, which you can watch at https://www.health.ny.gov/events/webcasts/, where we are hearing that they may advocate for a significant EI rate increase in 2023 and urging the Governor to include it in her Executive Budget recommendations.

  1. Next Briefing: October 17 at 11 a.m.