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ADHCC Update- January 27, 2017

A lot is happening in Albany with the release of Gov. Cuomo’s proposed Executive Budget. Below are important updates of interest to ADHC providers.

  • Budget update - Advocacy Day and transportation advocacy strategy conference call
  • ADHCC annual award nominations – due soon!
  • ADHC annual conference exhibitor and sponsorship information
  • Olmstead Housing Program
  • NIH research study  

Budget update - Advocacy Day and transportation advocacy strategy conference call

The 2017-18 Executive Budget once again proposes to eliminate Method 1 transportation for ADHC programs, thereby giving LogistiCare or Medical Answering Services (MAS) complete control of all transportation to and from program. Many of you recall that we successfully defeated this proposal last year. We will need widespread member participation between now and April 1 to defeat this again. ADHCC and its new legislative counsel, Greenberg Traurig, are meeting Monday with several key leaders in the Senate and Assembly to discuss our serious concerns with this proposal.

How can you help? Join us in Albany for ADHCC Advocacy Day on Tues., Feb. 7th. This will be the first in a series of efforts to educate the legislature about ADHC and how Method 1 is a critical part of registrant care. Information about Advocacy Day registration and setting up appointments is included in the memo attached to this email and can also be found here. If you need assistance scheduling meetings with your representative, please contact Meg at meverett@leadingageny.org.

Preservation of Method 1 transportation is our number one priority this budget season. You can learn more about our budget action plan by dialing in to our upcoming budget strategy conference call, Mon., Feb. 13 from 10-11 am. During this call we will give you the information you need to communicate effectively with your legislator. We will also call on you to visit your legislators in their district (home) office the week of Feb. 20. This is an “all hands on deck” effort. Stay tuned for call-in information. 

Nominate an outstanding ADHC program or advocate!

Time is running out to submit applications for the Outstanding Program of the Year and Christine M. Fitzpatrick Advocacy Award. These awards recognize the very best of New York’s adult day health care programs and the people who contribute their time, energy and professionalism to the field of adult day health care. The award winners will be recognized during the annual conference awards luncheon, April 20 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The nomination form is attached to this email.

Please send you nominations to Meg Everett at meverett@leadingageny.org by close of business on Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

ADHCC Conference – It’s Right Around the Corner

Join us for ADHCC’s 2017 Annual Conference. We have a great slate of programming for ADHC and SADC professionals. Attendee schedule and educational sessions will be available soon. We are offering NAB, social work and recreation and activity credits as well. Click on our conference webpage for initial details.

Do you know a vendor who might be interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the conference? Please share the exhibitor/sponsor flier (attached) with your ADHC business partners so they can benefit from this event too.

Olmstead Housing Subsidy Program

Are any of your registrants in unstable housing situations? The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) is a rental subsidy program funded by DOH and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living that assists individuals locate and pay for housing. Participants in this program must be enrolled in Medicaid and either currently live in a nursing home or lived in a nursing home in the past two years and are now homeless or unstably housed. Social workers should read and keep this information (see OHS brochure attachment) as it might be a good resource for certain ADHC registrants.

NIH LTC Provider Study – ADHC programs, please participate!

As of January 13th, the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) has received completed questionnaires from only 54 percent of adult day centers in New York State. We encourage all providers (both social and medical model) to complete and submit questionnaires by early February to ensure that your center is included in the study.

Without your participation in the survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) may not be able to produce certain estimates for the adult day services sector in New York, and our state will be left out of the national profile of adult day services in future reports. In addition, NCHS risks losing the opportunity for federal data collection in future studies.

For more information about the survey, please visit the NSLTCP adult day services center survey website:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/adsc_participants.htm. If you have questions about completing the questionnaire, would like to complete it over the telephone, or you received a questionnaire packet in the mail but no longer have it, please contact the NSLTCP help desk today at 1-866-245-8078. 

 

We urge all of you to advocate on behalf of your program and the ADHC community.