November 19, 2020
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Virtual rally to Save Our Services scheduled for December 9
The mobile rallies that were canceled on November 17 will now be held as a virtual rally on Zoom on December 9, 11 a.m.
Participating legislators and speakers will be announced shortly, as will the Zoom information to participate.
In the meantime, advocates can send stories and pictures of family members to for a montage that will be shown during the rally.
This event is being organized by family groups, including NYC FAIR, L.I.A.N.D.D., ENYDDA, NYADD and NYC Developmental Disabilities (DD) Councils: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
Albany Times Union:
Disability service providers warn of cuts without restored state funding
A report released Thursday found that 80 percent of healthcare providers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities fear future state budget cuts will force them to eliminate services.
The New York Disability Advocates surveyed providers from across the state — collectively representing over 38 percent of the residential support system in New York — who fear additional reductions in state funding will “result in the closure or reduction of existing services and support.”
Washington Post:
Desperately trying to wipe the virus away
As covid-19 threatened a group home for disabled women, their caregivers opened a stash of Clorox wipes, hoping to stop the infection from spreading
CP State featured as Litmos Customer Story
Our partners SAP Litmos recently featured CP State's use of the online learning platform to provide efficient and thorough training for Affiliate staff.
We provide top-level professional development courses within our online learning library!
For more information contact:
Tim Ferguson
Director of Online Learning
HHS offering $300k in prizes for ideas to transform DSP workforce
The Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a competition to strengthen the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce and overall stability of home and community based services (HCBS) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). To achieve this, the Blazing New Trails for Community Based Direct Support Professionals challenge seeks to engage the marketplace to innovate, pilot, and expand innovations that will transform the DSP workforce.
Changes to micro-clusters as positivity rate in Focus Zones is 4%
The Governor said today the State will establish “micro-cluster” zones in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region in parts of Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties.
  • The current Rockland County “yellow zone” will be expanded to include Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stoney Point, and Suffern.
  • An Orange County “yellow zone” will be established, which includes Newburgh, New Windsor, Middletown, and Highland Falls.
  • A Westchester County “yellow zone” will be established, encompassing New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers, and Peekskill.
NYC Ballet offering holiday workshops geared toward children with I/DD
Our partners at the New York City Ballet are again offering workshops for children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Each Saturday from December 5-19, Journey to the Land of the Sweets in these 45-minute movement workshops exploring the music, movement, and themes of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Each workshop will be led by a NYCB dancer and will include a warm-up and choreography inspired by this treasured holiday classic.
Movement options will be offered throughout, and young movers of all abilities and their siblings are welcome.
Workshop livestreams are free of charge, but advance registration is required. For $15 per workshop, users get access to the workshop recording until January 4, 2021, a Nutcracker coloring page, and Nutcracker activity page
Public comment period for OPWDD Comprehensive HCBS Waiver Amendment open until December 18
OPWDD has opened public comment on the draft Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Amendment that they are seeking to make effective April 1, 2021.
The HCBS Waiver is the Medicaid program that provides opportunities for over 88,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services in their own home or community. Click here to read the full text of the waiver.
Written comments will be accepted from November 10, 2020 through December 18, 2020 and may be submitted by mail to: OPWDD, Division of Policy and Program Development, 44 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12229 or by e-mail to:
For more information, including a summary and previous versions of the waiver, click here.
Revised 11/16
UPDATED COVID-19 Updated Return to Work Guidance
Today, OPWDD released revised return to work guidance that supersedes the guidance sent on November 10.
The revision has added the following language to the return-to-work guidance (underlined):
“Providers may allow clinical and direct support professionals or other facility staff who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days, or who have entered New York from a state that is not a contiguous state or from a CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice country, to return to work if all of the following conditions are met…”
The provisions following this clause are unchanged.