2/20/15 CP News

Volume #21 – Issue #2


OPWDD has released the list of Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) award projects that received funding.  CP of NYS and our Affiliates were awarded over $13.5 million of the $65 million awarded statewide. Congratulations to all. Two awards CP of NYS submitted on behalf of interested Affiliates will receive funds:

  • The CP of NYS Care Management/Managed Care Readiness Initiative has been selected for a New York State BIP Transformation Fund award of up to $619,724.
  • The Transformation Training Initiative has been selected for a New York State BIP Transformation Fund award of up to $1,752,621.

CP of NYS has started making plans to convene work groups required for each of these projects.  We will need to adjust timelines for the work activities because the awards were made almost two months behind schedule and the timeframe for completing activities has been extended three months.  Once we have things sorted out, we will send Affiliates a more detailed list of meeting plans, related work activities, goals and deliverables for each CP of NYS project.

Care Management/Managed Care Readiness Initiative – CP of NYS, through its Affiliate Services Office, will work in collaboration with 24 Affiliates across New York State to assess and improve care coordination and our collective readiness for managed care in domains like infrastructure, billing operations, information technology (IT), best practices, and gaining administrative efficiencies.  This project will rely on consulting services of Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) to work with CP Affiliate Services staff to facilitate much of the analysis in the Affiliate organizations, to conduct research and make recommendations for establishing best practice protocols.

Transformation Training Initiative – CP of NYS, through its Affiliate Services Office, will work in coordination with 24 Affiliates across New York State to develop and/or implement training focusing on achieving Transformation Agenda goals at four key times of transition that need to be understood and addressed properly if those goals are to be met.  Trainings will be geared toward those making transitions, their families and employees of organizations supporting them.  In addition to trainings, we will develop a matrix identifying critical steps, best practices in achieving successful transitions.


Mike Alvaro


Effective March 27, all prescriptions in New York State are required to be done electronically.  Because many providers will be unable to meet that deadline due to factors beyond their control, both the Senate and the Assembly have legislation to delay the effective date.  Senator Kemp Hannon’s (R-Westbury) bill (S.2486) to delay implementation of the e-prescribing mandate for one year, until March 27, 2016, passed the State Senate last week.  Assembly Member John McDonald’s (D-Cohoes) companion bill (A.4274) was reported out of the Assembly Health Committee last week and can be passed by the Assembly when they return on February 25th.

Barbara Crosier


The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) announced the availability of funding for loan forgiveness for social workers who currently work in under-served areas during the calendar year preceding their application.  To be eligible, an applicant must be a legal resident of New York State, be a U.S. citizen, be a social worker professionally licensed to practice in the state, have an outstanding balance on a student loan, have at least one year of qualified experience, be in compliance with the terms of any service condition posed by a state award, and not be in default on any state or federal student loan.  The application deadline is March 15, 2015.

Barbara Crosier


CP of NYS Affiliates Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. and CP Rochester/United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area, Inc. have formed Ability Partners, Inc., a ‘passive parent’ corporation. “Since May 2013, both Happiness House and CP Rochester have seen increased collaboration and substantial benefits on all levels thanks to the executive staffing agreement,” said Mary Walsh Boatfield, President/CEO of Happiness House and President of CP Rochester. “By officially joining forces under this new parent corporation, our two agencies will develop even greater efficiencies which will ultimately benefit thousands of adults and children with and without disabilities in the Finger Lakes and Greater Rochester regions.”

CP Rochester and Happiness House have a long history of providing clinical, therapeutic, educational and residential services to people of all ages and abilities. Happiness House, based in Geneva and Canandaigua, serves people in Ontario, Wayne, Yates, and Seneca counties. From its offices in Henrietta, CP Rochester provides services to individuals in Monroe, Livingston and Orleans counties.

“This joint venture comes at a perfect time in today’s difficult business climate,” said Jeffrey Baker, Chairperson of CP Rochester’s Board of Directors. “The hard work done by the leaders of both organizations in bringing us together has allowed us to focus on best practices, as well as shared resources and referrals.”

While both agencies will continue to operate as separate subsidiaries of Ability Partners, Inc., CP Rochester and Happiness House will further align their business practices. Short term goals include investing in a shared electronic medical record system, staff development and training, purchasing agreements and acquiring new technology. In addition, the organizations have laid the foundation for developing a shared referral base across multiple counties in Western New York.

“With the creation of this new entity, CP Rochester and Happiness House have ensured that valuable community resources are now part of a stronger more efficient organization that people with disabilities, and their families, in the Rochester and Fingers Lakes regions can depend on for years to come,” said Susan Constantino, President & CEO of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS). “Ability Partners, Inc. sets a high standard for our colleagues in the disability community across the State to emulate as we work to meet our collective mission in a time of growing need and diminished resources. We congratulate the leadership of both organizations for taking this bold but necessary step forward.”

Al Shibley