February 9, 2021
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NYDA hosting virtual rally Thursday, Feb. 11, 1:15 p.m.
Topic: Virtual Rally - Make Us a PRIORITY!
Time: Feb 11, 2021 01:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 959 3105 4430
Passcode: NYDA1
Video of Mental Hygiene Budget Hearing now available
Video is now available of the February 5 Mental Hygiene Budget Hearing.
If you don't have 8 hours to watch the entire video, click here to skip to OPWDD Commissioner Ted Kastner's statements, or here to view the testimony of Panel G, including parent-advocates and Susan Constantino speaking on behalf of NYDA.
FEMA statement on 100% cost share
FEMA issued a formal statement on February 3, regarding the federal cost share for COVID-19 public assistance disaster declarations, including DR-4480, the declaration for New York State (https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210203/fema-statement-100-cost-share). This press release addresses the retroactive and prospective 100% federal cost shares authorized by President Biden and FEMA indicates they will issue an amended COVID-19 policy to implement this directive in the coming days. FEMA advises obligated projects will be updated from 75 percent to 100 percent federal cost share in the near future.
At this time, FEMA also advises they will fund vaccine distribution and administration-related project worksheets at 100 percent federal cost share for work conducted on and after January 21, 2021, until September 30, 2021. The most recent FEMA guidance related to vaccine distribution and administration is “COVID-19 Pandemic: Vaccination Planning FAQ” (see: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_covid-19-vaccination-planning_faq_11-19-2020.pdf).
NYC Ballet Access Workshops are back on Feb. 25
The NYC Ballet is once again offering Virtual Access Workshops for children, teens, and adults with disabilities this winter with workshops beginning February 25.
Click here for details, including links to register on the website. 
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Materials available from Multi-Agency Vaccination Data Collection System Training 
Click here to view or download the presentation from yesterday’s training: Multi-Agency COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting: Data Entry for Day and Waiver Services.
If you have additional questions after reviewing the presentation or any questions related to COVID-19 they should be emailed to:  covidreporting@opwdd.ny.gov   
CP State Training Series
Relationships for people with I/DD
CP State is honored to host a series on navigating dating and relationships for people with disabilities. These FREE sessions will begin on February 23 and are presented by Kathy O'Connell, Director of Radiant Abilities. Radiant Abilities provides resources and products for people with disabilities in the areas of self-esteem, relationships, and personal empowerment.
Free series on community building for people with I/DD continues February 17
CP State continues Dr. Al Condeluci's series on community building on Wednesday, February 17,at 10 a.m. with "Understanding the Social Infrastructure."
This session will go over strategies and actions that can soften the social infrastructure, the places and spaces where people engage in community, in welcoming all people.
Sessions continue through March:
• Understanding the Social Infrastructure – Wednesday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.
• MACRO CHANGE: The key to 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.
CP State and SAP Litmos have your training needs covered
CP State is proud to provide the SAP Litmos online learning platform to provide efficient and thorough training for Affiliate staff.
Whether you need to onboard staff more efficiently or are looking for a suite of COVID-19 related classes, we provide top-level professional development courses within our online learning library!
For more information contact:
Tim Ferguson
Director of Online Learning