Additional Statements Supporting initiatives and legislative action

Statement in support of 2015 Assembly Bill 3563c/Senate Bill 1865B which would enable testing technicians to administer and score standardized psychological tests. BIANYS strongly supports steps that would enhance access to neuropsychological evaluations. UPDATE: This bill passed both the Assembly & Senate this session and awaits signature by the Governor. Contact Governor Cuomo’s office to encourage him to sign this into law.

Statement in support of 2015 Senate Bill 0676/Assembly Bill 1323 – the CARE Act – which would assist caregivers in being better prepared to care for their loved ones upon discharge from a hospital. BIANYS strongly supports steps that would enhance inclusion of caregivers in the discharge process and appropriate training in caregiving tasks. Proper recognition of the role that caregivers play in recovery and reintegration to the community is pivotal for the appropriate care of individuals with brain injury. This bill would ensure that caregivers are officially recognized as part of the recovery process, and provide them the assistance and input that they need to fulfill their new role. UPDATE: This bill passed both the Assembly & Senate this session and awaits signature by the Governor. Contact Governor Cuomo’s office to encourage him to sign this into law.

Child Safety Laws and Regulations: BIANYS has been involved in the implementation of safety recommendations specifically pertaining to children, including legally-mandated helmet use and regulations for safety in motor vehicles. These laws are summarized in this downloadable document. Additional laws and regulations may apply in some counties and cities in New York.

NYS DOH TBI 5-Year Plan: BIANYS worked with the NYS Department of Health to create the NYS Traumatic Brain Injury 5-Year Plan, which itemizes activities and needs in New York State’s brain injury community.

Passed Legislation

Statement in support of the “Protection of People with Special Needs” Act (S. 7749/A. 10721). The Act passed into law in June 2012, and the Justice Center is now serving individuals with disabilities.

BIANYS submitted a memo in support to changing the public health law by extending the number of days within a year-long period that a facility may receive reimbursement for a reserved bed. This change was successfully implemented.

Association responses to policy:

Fully Integrate Dual Advantage (FIDA) Program: Available in a pilot program to residents of the NYC area who receive Medicare and Medicaid, the program provides a blend of programs that are intended to fill need while eliminating some of the complex processes of each program. BIANYS submitted a statement to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the New York State Department of Health’s Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals Final Proposal in 2012. The letter iterates the need for continued availability of all existing TBI Waiver services and offers comments on the State’s proposal for the FIDA pilot program.