COVID-19 Update
October 6, 2020

Bonadio Webinar October 30
Bonadio Group is offering a comprehensive webinar on Friday, October 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., covering a host of topics, outlined below. The webinar is free of charge, but you must register in advance.

It is expected that another stimulus bill proposed for enactment prior to Election Day, and by the end of October clarification is anticipated regarding questions that have arisen from federal and state government actions implemented since the end of March. The primary objective of this webinar is to provide a current overview of the following subjects: 
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), CARES Act, and documentation requirements, including the provisions of the new stimulus bill (presented by Jeff Paille, Partner)
  • Provider Relief Fund (PRF) documentation, reporting, and Single Audit Uniform Guidance requirements (presented by Margaret Lally, Manager)
  • Current year CFR updates, reporting of stimulus funding and COVID-19 incremental costs and lost revenue, "double-dipping" issues, & more (presented by Terry Phillips, Partner)
  • Financial reporting matters, Uniform Guidance requirements for organizations not previously subject to Single Audit reporting, and other matters that may affect your audited financial statements (presented by Jon Miller, Partner, and Terry Phillips, Partner)
  • Top 10 questions and concerns addressed since the adoption of the CARES Act and PPPFA  (presented by Jon Miller, Partner, and Mike Vollmer, Principal)
  • Impact of the next stimulus bill on current and future year state budget proposals, including a prospective outlook for 2021-22 budget cuts and Managed Care implementation timeline (presented by Jerry Archibald)
In addition to the presenters listed above, other Bonadio subject matter experts will be attending the webinar to address questions that are posed. 

Online registration can be completed here

WebEx meeting participation may be limited. We encourage you to register for this webinar as soon as possible. All registrants will receive a copy of the slide deck and other presentation resource materials. CPE credit will not be offered for this session. 

Additional information about the webinar topics can be found below: 
Executive Order 202.67
On October 4, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.67This EO extended the provisions of earlier EOs including 202.55. 202.55, and 202.60, which provided the previous extension of flexibility on criminal background checks (CBC) and abbreviated training. The flexibility is extended through November 3, 2020. We reached out to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to confirm that the flexibility afforded in OPWDD's interim guidance on criminal background checks and training are also extended through November 3. As a reminder, we detailed these guidance documents in our August 6 COVID-19 Update.

OPWDD Program Flexibilities Chart
OPWDD released a "Program Flexibilities" chart to address the program and billing flexibility for Supervised IRA, Day Habilitation, Community Habilitation and Site and Community Prevocational services, as well as the timeframe that the flexibility is in effect. Remote telehealth services and services within certified IRAs will continue to be an option after October 14, 2020. Please share this chart with all staff overseeing Chapter program operations.

OPWDD Routine Surveys and COVID-19 Protocols
On October 2, OPWDD announced that routine surveys would resume. We detailed this announcement in our October 2 COVID-19 Update. In response to Chapter inquiry, we reached out to OPWDD to seek additional information about any potential inclusion of COVID-19 review standards in the routine surveys. Yesterday, OPWDD's Statewide Director of the Bureau of Program Certification (BPC) clarified that the COVID-19 protocol will be included in the routine surveys. We can expect surveyors will be reviewing compliance with infection control and prevention guidance published by OPWDD to date. We included the COVID-19 survey protocols in our May 20 COVID-19 Update. Please review those standards in preparation for routine OPWDD surveys.

NYDA Online Advocacy Campaign: Add Your Voice! 
In response to the cuts that went into effect October 1, New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) launched a new online advocacy campaign, giving families, self-advocates, staff and other supporters of NYDA member agencies a simple way to voice their opposition to these harmful cuts to essential services.

Click here to send a message to the Governor and other representatives demanding that disability services be fully funded. The campaign includes a customizable letter and phone script, and automatically pairs users with their state and federal reps.

Please share this campaign far and wide as we work in collaboration with other NYDA member agencies to send a powerful, fieldwide message to state leaders. 

CDC Tips for Personal and Social Gatherings
With the holiday season upon us, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidance on personal and social gatherings. Family gatherings are a tradition of the season, and we are already receiving inquires about holiday gatherings. The CDC guidance can be a valuable resource when educating staff about how to keep themselves and others safe during the holiday season. This guidance is best used to address staff questions about gatherings outside of the certified programs (e.g., personal gatherings with family and friends, etc.). Chapters should continue to follow the existing OPWDD guidance on visitation to the certified programs. 
This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.

Josh Christiana, Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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