January 5, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Training Jan. 6, 9-10:30 am
OPWDD is providing training for reporting of COVID-19 Vaccinations tomorrow, January 6, from 9-10:30 a.m. This training is intended for those staff who will be responsible to enter COVID-19 Vaccination information going forward for site based certified residential programs (also including Family Care Programs) into the new Multi-Agency Vaccination Data Collection System.
The training will be conducted using a Webex webinar format.
Event number: 178 658 5008
Event password: DQI123
Once registered, you will receive an approval email with a link to “Join event”, as well as information for the audio portion of the event.
NADSP webinar on
COVID-19 vaccines for DSPs
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has made available a webinar by Dr. Rick Rader entitled “The Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines for Direct Support Professionals”. Dr. Rader is a Board member of AADMD and on the National Council for Disabilities. 
Station MD offering COVID-19 Vaccine 'Town Hall' webinar series
Join the doctors of StationMD to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine. • How the vaccines work
• How vaccines are tested and approved
• The benefits and risks
Following a brief presentation, they will open for questions about the vaccine for providers and those that they support. The webinar series will be led by a panel of esteemed physicians with a special dedication to individuals with IDD, and their circles of support.
There is limited room in each session, so please register early at the links below:

EO: Failure to administer vaccine on pace may result in $100k fine, fewer allocated doses
Executive Order 202.88 states that "Any healthcare facility, provider, or entity who has been allocated and has received COVID-19 vaccine, or who has received redistributed COVID-19 vaccine, must administer all such vaccine within one week of its receipt by such facility. Any healthcare facility, provider or entity who is not on pace to administer all vaccine must notify the Department of Health on the 5th day after receipt. This will be effective for any vaccine currently on hand at any healthcare facility, provider or entity as of January 4, 2020, and such remaining doses must be administered no later than January 8, 2020. The failure to administer vaccine in accordance with this process may result in a civil penalty of up to $100,000, and/or reduction or elimination of future allocations of vaccine."
Attn: Execs, Finance, and Education committee members
Complete the Preschool/School Age SED COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Reimbursement Survey by Jan. 8
CP State has been working with the State Education Department (SED) to establish a process that will ensure that all approved preschool and school age programs for students with disabilities, that are subject to the rate-setting methodology, are timely and appropriately reimbursed for the additional costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. These costs are necessary to meet health and safety requirements to provide education services to students with disabilities.
A review of information from a number of approved programs clearly indicates that the additional costs of school reopening and maintaining health and safety guidelines compliance is significant. The approved programs cannot bear the financial burdens of these unforeseen costs given current reimbursement levels and rate setting parameters. In order to advocate with the State Education Department for a process that will ensure that all approved preschool and school age programs for students with disabilities are timely and appropriately reimbursed for additional COVID-19 pandemic costs, please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEDReimbSurvey by January 8,2021. 
Information provided to SED will be aggregated and no program will be identified.
Please contact thamel@cpstate.org or bcrosier@cpstate.org with any questions.
UK COVID Variant found in Saratoga, post-holiday uptick in cases
As expected, New York is experiencing an uptick in infection and hospitalization rates following the holiday season. Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers to refrain from gathering and continue to follow safety protocols in order to avoid further shutdowns. The Finger Lakes and Mohawk Valley regions continue to sustain the highest infection rates in the State. Governor Cuomo said these communities can change this trajectory by modifying their behavior. However, if the trajectory does not change and hospital bed availability diminishes, the regions will be shut down.
Governor pushes for equitable vaccine distribution
“COVID has exposed many of the existing injustices in our society, most notably that racism is, without a doubt, a public health crisis. Case and point – data has continued to show that despite higher infection and death rates in the Black and Latino communities, testing has remained more widely available in white communities. I refuse to let race or income determine who lives and who dies in New York and I mean it," Cuomo said at his Jan. 3 press briefing. "That’s why as we work to break down barriers and ensure vaccine access for all, I will not take the vaccine until it is available for my age group in Black, Hispanic, and poor communities around the state.”
CP State continues series on community building for people with I/DD
On the heels of Dr. Al Condeluci's highly informative session on seclusion and loneliness in the I?DD population, CP State is proud to announce a continuation of the series, with sessions scheduled through March!
Upcoming FREE sessions include:
  • Building Community through Social Capital – Wednesday, January 20 @ 10 a.m.
  • Community Mapping – Wednesday, February 3 @ 10 a.m.
  • Understanding the Social Infrastructure – Wednesday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.
  • MACRO CHANGE: The key Ingredient for Community Success– Wednesday, March 3 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Session 6 (TBA) – Tuesday, March 16 @ 10 a.m.
  • Session 7 (TBA) – Thursday, March 18 @ 10 a.m.
CP State is offering these FREE sessions through its DDPC Rural Advocacy Grant. 
If you would like to participate, please contact Tim Ferguson at TFerguson@cpstate.org or 518-436-0178.