COVID-19 Update
June 3, 2020

The Arc New York SIP-PL Virtual Town Hall 
OPWDD has proposed significant changes to our funding, and is seeking comments on the proposed SIP-PL regulations.  The Arc Chapters are involved, both financially and in leadership roles, with the three largest Care Coordination Organizations in the state. These organizations, in turn, have taken different steps toward preparing for a managed care environment. At the same time, the essential role of every chapter is as a provider of services. 

It is important for us to begin a thoughtful discussion of where The Arc New York should stand in this evolving environment.  The Arc New York is hosting a town hall discussion/webinar on June 9 at 1:30 PM to open this dialogue. 

The webinar will feature The Arc New York CEOs and EDs who are involved with each of the three Care Coordination organizations, to talk about their vision for the future of our services. In addition, Mike Damiano will present the perspective of the Finger Lakes Collaborative, and Amy Howard will discuss the work of the "Building for Our Future" workgroup, to the extent that the group is looking at overlap with these policy issues.   
The webinar will begin with a brief overview of The Arc New York's role in each of these organizations, through the involvement of our Chapters. We will hear from the panelists on their long term vision for the future, as well as the more immediate question of what position, if any, The Arc New York should take on the pending SIP-PL regulations. We will try to leave time for questions. The goal for this session is to determine the perspective of the professional leadership of The Arc New York regarding these critical issues, and to either identify, or begin to work toward, a common understanding of the best path forward for our organization.   

Please register for Webinar/Town Hall Discussion on Managed Care and the SIP-PL Regulations here

OPWDD IRMA COVID-19 Data Entry Webex
On Thursday, June 4, 2020 The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities will be hosting a webinar on entering COVID-19 data into the Incident Management and Reporting Application (IRMA). The information to join the Webex can be found below: 

Event number (access code): 161 897 5224  

Audio Conference Information: 
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code 161 897 5224.

1-518-549-0500 Local
1-844-633-8697 US Toll Free
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Executive Order 202.36
On Monday, June 2, the Governor signed Executive Order 202.36. This EO includes language allowing additional industries to reopen as part of Phase Two of New York Forward. Additionally, the EO allows for regions meeting the conditions of the New York State Department of Health in Phase One to conduct outdoor, low-risk, recreational activities, as determined by Empire State Development Corporation.

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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