NYS Department of Health Releases Waiver Transition Plan

The NYS Department of Health has released a transition plan for the transition of TBI and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Medicaid Waiver Programs into Managed Care.

The transition plan is available for download on the DOH website. DOH is seeking comments from the public on this plan until August 24, then will issue responses to those comments and an updated transition plan.Please look at the transition plan and accompanying documents and share any comments with the Department. It is vital that our community share our perspectives with those composing the plan.

BIANYS will have a response to the transition plan soon, and will post that on our website. Please check back for additional information.

Alert: TBI Waiver Participants Receiving Housing Subsidy [Updated]

UPDATE 6/24/16: The Department of Health reports that all payments for housing subsidy and assistance have been sent as of June 23, 2016. If you have any problems, please contact the Department at the number below.

UPDATE 6/20/16: The Department of Health has indicated that the contract has been approved with the housing subsidy contractor and that payments for June and July, plus any late fees incurred by this issue, will be sent this week to landlords of program participants.

Original Message:

BIANYS has learned that there is a problem with the payment process for the TBI Medicaid Waiver Programs’ Housing Subsidy. The Housing Subsidy covers housing and utility payments for qualifying participants. The June payments were not issued to billers due to an issue with the contract for the entity that handles payments.

If you receive the housing subsidy, contact your Service Coordinator for assistance. You, your Service Coordinator, and/or your landlord can speak with Marybeth Gnozzio at the NYS Department of Health at 518-474-5271 for assistance.

Please contact BIANYS at 1-800-444-6443 or 518-459-7911 if you are experiencing a problem due to this housing subsidy issue. We are in contact with Department of Health, other contacts in NYS government, and advocacy organizations to address the issue. We are compiling resources to provide assistance and advocating for a quick resolution to the problem.

We will update this message when more information is available.

BIANYS Applauds Delay of Medicaid Waiver Transition to Managed Care

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS DECISION TO
PRESERVE EFFECTIVE PROGRAM AND COORDINATED SERVICES,
DELAY TRANSITION TO MANAGED CARE FOR NEW YORKERS WITH BRAIN INJURY

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) today applauded a decision by the State Department of Health (DOH) to delay for one year a plan to move New Yorkers with traumatic brain injury (TBI) into Medicaid managed care programs.
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BIANYS Fights Proposed Cuts with Services, Support & Successful Outcomes Campaign

For immediate release
Contact: Dan Weiller (518)369-5550
Downloadable press release available here.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE FIGHTS PROPOSED STATE BUDGET CUTS WITH SERVICES, SUPPORT & SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES CAMPAIGN

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) today announced the Services, Support & Successful Outcomes campaign to help New Yorkers understand how changes proposed by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in the 2016-2017 State Budget could lead to harmful service cuts for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read more

Take Action – Waiver Transition Plan Response Needed

On January 27, following months of workgroup meetings and discussion of this process, the Department of Health issued a draft transition plan for Traumatic Brain Injury and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waivers to go into the Managed Care. Download transition plan here. This transition plan is woefully inappropriate and does not reflect the many issues discussed throughout this process. Now is the time to speak out about the need to protect these programs.
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Become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist This June

Sign up for the June 7 CBIS Course in Saratoga Springs, NY!

BIANYS is offering a CBIS training course, including a 6-week email study course, culminating in a review class and exam on June 7 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The CBIS class is held the week of the BIANYS Professional Symposium and Annual Conference, providing the opportunity to receive continuing education programs following certification.

BIANYS provides the CBIS manual and a 6-week email study course. On June 7, CBIS Trainers Victoria Clingan and Karen Thomas will provide a review class (including lunch), followed by the CBIS exam.

CBIS participants also receive a subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Registration is $500 and application and payment must be received by April 1, 2016. Download the CBIS flyer for details and download the CBIS Class Application to register.