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Positive COVID tests continue to be less than 1% statewide

  • Governor Cuomo Press Briefing

    The Governor issued a press release this afternoon detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from yesterday, August 5. The number of ICU patients dropped to 132, the lowest total since March 16. Positive tests are continuing to return at less than one percent across the State.

    GOVERNOR CUOMO UPDATES NEW YORKERS ON STATE’S PROGRESS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
    703 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 418,928; New Cases in 43 Counties 

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

    “There’s no secret to how a virus spreads – this is mathematics, this is science and this is a function of our behavior, which we see reflected in the daily numbers. New Yorkers worked hard to change our behavior and bring the numbers down to the levels we have been holding at through our phased reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are now focused on protecting that hard-won progress. We are fighting against the national surge of cases with our quarantine efforts, but we need local governments to be more active in enforcing compliance.”

    Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 963 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 26 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

    Brooklyn – 8

    Manhattan – 5

    Queens – 6

    Staten Island – 2

    Nassau – 2

     Suffolk – 3

    Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

    ·       Patient Hospitalization – 570 (+6)

    ·       Patients Newly Admitted – 74

    ·       Hospital Counties – 31

    ·       Number ICU – 132 (-2)

    ·       Number ICU with Intubation – 69 (+0)

    ·       Total Discharges – 73,472 (+62)

    ·       Deaths – 3

    ·       Total Deaths – 25,185

    Of the 72,370 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 703, or 0.97 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

    REGION

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    Capital Region

    1.1%

    0.9%

    0.8%

    Central New York

    0.7%

    0.5%

    0.6%

    Finger Lakes

    1.1%

    0.5%

    0.7%

    Long Island

    1.3%

    1.2%

    1.0%

    Mid-Hudson

    1.0%

    0.8%

    1.0%

    Mohawk Valley

    1.7%

    1.0%

    1.5%

    New York City

    1.0%

    1.0%

    1.1%

    North Country

    0.6%

    0.2%

    0.4%

    Southern Tier

    0.9%

    0.5%

    0.5%

    Western New York

    1.1%

    0.5%

    0.9%

    The Governor also confirmed 703 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 418,928 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 418,928 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    2,565

    9

    Allegany

    78

    2

    Broome

    1,094

    12

    Cattaraugus

    164

    0

    Cayuga

    151

    1

    Chautauqua

    244

    3

    Chemung

    165

    0

    Chenango

    212

    0

    Clinton

    127

    0

    Columbia

    534

    3

    Cortland

    94

    0

    Delaware

    104

    0

    Dutchess

    4,582

    14

    Erie

    8,737

    35

    Essex

    55

    0

    Franklin

    52

    0

    Fulton

    291

    4

    Genesee

    274

    0

    Greene

    290

    1

    Hamilton

    8

    1

    Herkimer

    268

    4

    Jefferson

    140

    0

    Lewis

    39

    2

    Livingston

    173

    2

    Madison

    409

    3

    Monroe

    4,868

    27

    Montgomery

    169

    8

    Nassau

    43,534

    52

    Niagara

    1,470

    4

    NYC

    226,914

    333

    Oneida

    2,117

    3

    Onondaga

    3,535

    10

    Ontario

    355

    3

    Orange

    11,127

    14

    Orleans

    297

    0

    Oswego

    251

    1

    Otsego

    115

    0

    Putnam

    1,444

    5

    Rensselaer

    758

    3

    Rockland

    13,918

    15

    Saratoga

    747

    3

    Schenectady

    1,050

    5

    Schoharie

    69

    1

    Schuyler

    22

    0

    Seneca

    86

    0

    St. Lawrence

    263

    1

    Steuben

    297

    0

    Suffolk

    43,630

    77

    Sullivan

    1,485

    0

    Tioga

    193

    0

    Tompkins

    232

    1

    Ulster

    2,045

    6

    Warren

    304

    0

    Washington

    256

    1

    Wayne

    249

    1

    Westchester

    36,107

    32

    Wyoming

    115

    1

    Yates

    56

    0

    Yesterday, there were 3 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,185. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

    Deaths by County of Residence

    County

    New Deaths

    Manhattan

    1

    Monroe

    1

    Westchester

    1

CP Unlimited welcomes two Columbia Grad School students for fellowship during COVID-19  pandemic

In June, CP Unlimited welcomed 2 students from Columbia University Graduate School of Business for the start of their Summer Fellowship Program.  Stephanie Lin and Li Wang met with CEO Susan Constantino and CFO Tom Mandelkow to share their interests in learning about the services we provide, and their hopes that their projects will provide useful analysis and information to CP Unlimited.

The Governing Board and Management of CP Unlimited would like to thank:

Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogy ’86 Faculty Director &   Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School for sponsoring the students and giving us the opportunity to host the fellows.

Our special thanks to Program Director Ivy Hatsengate for her advice and guidance.

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Stephanie Lin’s educational background consists of a double major for Finance and Statistics at NYU. She also has just finished her first year of an MBA at Columbia Business School and will complete her degree May 2021. Her work experience involves 3 years at Deloitte as a data consultant.

Her interest in CP U is giving her new experiences in working with a non-profit entity, particularly specializing in data analytics. Her experience as an intern is definitely helping her become ready for the nonprofit world: a sphere she hopes to work in post-MBA.

Stephanie wrote:

My project is about measuring the ROI of telemedicine. For context, CPU engaged in a telemedicine project since late 2018, and now want to assess if the grant money used to fund it was put into good use.

What I want to learn is what needs to be considered when assessing a project in the nonprofit space. I am used to evaluating the value of things from a for-profit perspective, so this internship is definitely a great learning opportunity for me to understand how nonprofits assess differently.

I hope to bring to CPU my background in data analytics for financial consulting, as well as my first year of an MBA education.

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Li Wang recently graduated from Columbia Business School with concentration in Finance and Healthcare Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Tsinghua University in China. Her focus on healthcare industry for 7 years in Tokyo, Japan involved working as a strategy analyst for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, then as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Li has accumulated rich experience in business analytics and organizational transformation.

Her project in CPU will be looking at the impact at COVID-19 in an IDD setting. This will give her the experience in looking at the health care industry in US and understand the financial impact of COVID-19 to OPWDD service providers in New York State. She is looking forward to gaining practical skills in risk/crisis management.

Li Wrote:

I am trying to quantify the financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the revenues and costs at CP U, and develop forecast of the upcoming years and recommendations for higher operational efficiency.

This project is tremendously helpful for me to understand the services for IDD population, healthcare system in New York and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and our society.

Hopefully, the project results will bring a bit more visibility of the operations for CP U and be helpful in preparation for any potential crisis.

NYDA hosting July 23 panel with Senator Gillibrand

Register by COB Monday, July 20, for this online panel discussion of our provider system and the proposed OPWDD cuts.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Senator Gillibrand has leading voice for individuals with disabilities and the workforce that serves them. She fought for and secured an increase in the enhanced FMAP and for increases in HCBS waiver funding. 
Join Senator Gillibrand and NYDA members on Thursday, July 23, 11:30 a.m., for this very important discussion on the state of our field.

Executive Order continues limits on visitation

The Governor has released Executive Order 202.48  that, among other things, continues the state’s visitation limits for our homes. The policy restricting visitors unless the recently implemented attestation process is followed will continue beyond July 6.

Also, for child care providers licensed under social services law, this latest executive order rescinds the exemption from the criminal background check process.  This does not affect OPWDD programs which are authorized under mental hygiene law – those exemption rules remain in place.

The Executive Order continues the directive contained in Executive Order 202.41, regarding phase three industries and entities, but modifies it to prohibit indoor food services New York City.

The Executive Order also continues the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202 and each successor Executive Order up to and including Executive Order 202.14, as continued and contained in Executive Order 202.27, 202.28, and 202.38, for another thirty days through August 5, 2020, except:

  • The directives contained in Executive Order 202.3, that closed video lottery gaming or casino gaming, gym, fitness center or classes, and movie theaters, and the directives contained in Executive Order 202.5 that closed the indoor common portions of retail shopping malls, and all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, as amended, are hereby modified to provide that such directives remain in effect only until such time as a future Executive Order opening them is issued.

Further, the provisions of Articles 11-A and 11-B of the State Finance Law, and any regulations authorized thereunder, to the extent necessary to respond to the direct and indirect economic, financial, and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are suspended or modified through August 5, 2020.

The Executive Order discontinues, as of July 7,  the following suspensions, modifications, and directives made by previous Executive Orders, and such statutes, codes, and regulations are in full force and effect:

  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.28, as extended, that prohibited initiation of a proceeding or enforcement of either an eviction of any residential or commercial tenant, for nonpayment of rent or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial mortgage, for nonpayment of such mortgage, is continued only insofar as it applies to a commercial tenant or commercial mortgagor, as it has been superseded by legislation for a residential tenant, and residential mortgagor, in Chapters 112, 126, and 127 of the Laws of 2020;
  • The suspension which allowed for the Commissioner of Education to reduce instructional days, as such suspensions and directives have been superseded by statute, contained in Chapter 107 of the Laws of 2020;
  • The suspension permitting providers to utilize staff members transport individuals receiving services from the Office of Mental Health or a program or provider under the jurisdiction of the Office of Mental Health during the emergency;
  • The suspensions allowing the director of the Authorities Budget Office to disregard deadlines due to a failure by a State or local authority to meet the requirements proscribed during a state of emergency, are continued only insofar as they allow a State or local authority a sixty day extension from the original statutory due date for such reports;
  • Section 390-b of the Social Services Law and regulations at section 413.4 and 415.15 of Title 18 of the NYCRR, relating to criminal history review and background clearances of child care providers;
  • Subdivision 8 of section 8-408 of the Election Law, relating to absentee voting by residents of nursing homes, residential health care facilities, facilities operated or licensed under the Department of Mental Hygiene, hospitals, or facilities operated by the VA;
  • Subdivision (28) of Section 171 of the Tax Law, to the extent that the Commissioner has extended any filing deadline;
  • The directive related dispensing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, as recent findings and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s revocation of the emergency use authorization has alleviated supply shortages for permitted FDA uses of these medications;
  • Business Corporation law sections 602, 605, and 708, as such suspensions have been superseded by statute, as contained in Chapter 122 of the Laws of 2020;
  • Banking Law Section 39 (2), as such suspension has been superseded by statute, as contained in Chapters 112 and 126 of the Laws of 2020, as well as the directives contained in Executive Order 202.9;\
  • Insurance Law and Banking Law provisions suspended by virtue of Executive Order 202.13, which coincide with the expiration of the Superintendent’s emergency regulations;
  • Sections 3216(d)(1)(c) and 4306 (g) of the Insurance Law, and any associated regulatory authority provided by directive in Executive Order 202.14, as the associated emergency regulations are no longer in effect;
  • The suspension requiring a personal appearance of the defendant, and there is consent, in any jurisdiction where the Court has been authorized to commence in-person appearances by the Chief Administrative Judge; provided further that the suspension or modification of the following provisions of law are continued:
    • The 20-day timeframe for the return date for a desk appearance ticket is extended to 90 days from receiving the appearance ticket;
    • The 45-day time limit to present a matter to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing or waiver continues to be suspended and is tolled for an additional 30 days;
    • Speedy trial time limitations remain suspended until such time as petit criminal juries are reconvened or 30 days, whichever is later;
    • Suspending the Criminal Procedure Law that would prohibit the use of electronic appearances for certain pleas, provided that the court make a full and explicit inquiry into the waiver and voluntariness thereof;
    • Allowing an incarcerated defendant to appear virtually with his or her counsel before the grand jury to waive immunity and testify in his or her own defense, provided the defendant elects to do so;
    • Suspending the Criminal Procedure Law, as modified by Executive Order 202.28, is hereby continued for a period not to exceed 30 days in any jurisdiction where there is not a grand jury empaneled; and when a new grand jury is empaneled to hear criminal cases, the criminal procedure law shall no longer be suspended beginning one week after such grand jury is empaneled;
    • Suspending the protective orders to be utilized at preliminary hearings, is continued for 30 days;
    • Suspending the use of electronic appearances for felony pleas, or electronic appearances for preliminary hearings or sentencing in extended for 30 days.

CFR training sessions to be held July 28-30

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) will be conducting three training sessions on completing the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR):

All fiscal employees that feel they may benefit from the Webinars are welcome to attend. As each NYS CFR Agency is separately notifying providers, you may receive more than one announcement regarding this training.

Each session contains different content as noted below.

Session

Date

Start Time

End Time

Content

1

7/28/2020

10:00am

12:30pm

Getting started, Time to do the CFR, Core Reports

2

7/29/2020

10:00am

12:30pm

General and Agency Specific Changes/Highlights, Steps to a successful submission, Claiming

3

7/30/2020

10:00am

11:00am

COVID-19 Instructions

Use the links below to register for the sessions listed above. Please note that you must register for each individual session that you plan to attend.

Session 1 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4ad1fa88f2e46ba2b14c8bdf35febd6b

Session 2 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e97cd7ef0c99db5963f623d46578c0f50

Session 3 – Registration – https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e13f38bc338d35a6e17bec371ac74633e

After the webinar is completed, a recording of the webinar will be posted for your viewing and a link will be sent out to all registered participants.

Note: Representatives from the State Education Department (SED) will not be present at these training sessions, and information regarding SED programs will not be covered. SED encourages filers to view the CFR on-line training modules located on the Rate Setting Unit’s website at the following address for CFR training guidance: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/rsu/Training/CFRTraining.html

Visitation at residential programs to resume Friday

Governor Cuomo announced during his daily press briefing that group homes certified by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) may resume visitations at their discretion beginning Friday, June 19. 

Visitors will be required to wear masks and will be subject to symptom and temperature checks. Cuomo indicated that providers must notify the state once they reopen for visitation and follow state guidelines, but the specific details remain unclear. We anticipate further guidance from OPWDD within the week. 

We realize restrictions on visitation put immense emotional strain on loved ones who have been separated for months. The advocacy of CP State and its Affiliates was instrumental in reopening visitation in our residential programs, with appropriate precautions and procedures to ensure the health and safety of the people we support, our staff and communities. 

We thank families for their patience and understanding throughout this challenging time, and staff throughout the state for finding innovative ways to sustain connections between family and friends. 

Click here to read the June 16 OPWDD Commissioner’s message on visitatation.

Randi Rios-Castro to succeed Jill A. Warner as CEO of Jawonio

On June 15, the Board of Directors of Jawonio Inc unanimously approved Associate Executive Director, Randi Rios-Castro, to become the next CEO of Jawonio. Randi will succeed Jill A. Warner, who is retiring on September 30, 2020. Warner will stay on until the end of the year to work on the final stages of the campus revitalization and capital campaign.

“For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with Randi on a variety of important agency issues. She continues to impress me with how quickly she has developed a deep knowledge of both the program and the operations areas throughout the organization,” said Michael Algranati Chairman, Jawonio Inc Board of Directors. “At the same time, Randi has begun development of internal systems that will streamline agency processes and procedures. Additionally, Randi has begun to establish important community relationships by working closely with our non-profit, business and government partners on the state and local levels.”

Warner commended Rios-Castro, saying she is “the right person at the right time, who will embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and in doing so, ensure a strong and sustainable future for Jawonio.”

“We’re very proud of Randi,” said CP State CEO and President Susan A. Constantino. “She is a fitting successor to Jill, and we wish them both the best.”

“We are sorry to see Jill Warner go, but Jawonio will be in very capable hands” said CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro. “Randi will be only the fifth CEO in the agency’s 73-year history, and that is a testament to the quality of their leadership.”

CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro tapped for SED Reopening Schools Regional Task Force

CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro has been invited to be on the New York State Education Department’s Reopening Schools Regional Task Force to participate in the Special Education break out session.

The first phase of the Task Force includes four virtual Regional Task Force meetings  with nine break-out sessions: Health and Safety; Transportation, Facilities, and Nutrition; Teaching and Learning; Digital Equity and Access; Budget and Fiscal; Social-Emotional Needs; Bilingual Education/Multilingual Learners/Bilingual Learners; Staffing/Human Resources; and Special Education.

In the coming days, members of the CP State Education Committee will receive a Zoom invitation and detailed agenda for the meetings.

In the second phase, “the Board of Regents and the Department will review and consider the input received at the four Regional Task Force meetings and elsewhere, and use that input to make policy and regulatory changes to help guide schools and school districts in the safe reopening of their schools.”

July ballet workshop cancelled

The dance workshop for children with disabilities scheduled to be conducted by artists from the New York City Ballet in Saratoga Springs this July has been cancelled.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will not be conducting their annual classical programs this summer, including performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet, so the ballet company will not be coming to Saratoga Springs for their annual week in residence.

Officials at the NYC Ballet have contacted us and indicated that they expect to be back in Saratoga Springs next July and will plan to conduct a workshop during their week at SPAC. We expect to have specific plans for the 2021 workshop early next year and are excited that we can again work with the NYC Ballet to conduct this wonderful event.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Al Shibley at ashibley@cpstate.org or Deb Williams at dwilliams@cpstate.org.

CP State welcomes Colleen Crispino as President and CEO of UCP Long Island

The Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Long Island recently appointed Colleen Crispino as President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are privileged to have someone of Colleen Crispino’s caliber and experience joining us to lead UCP of Long Island,” said Thomas Pfundstein, Board Chair.

Crispino brings a wealth of experience to UCP, with a 25 year demonstrated track record of strong leadership skills including program development, strategic planning, corporate communications, team building and staff  development.

Crispino has a career long passion for enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. She is a seasoned advocate with an extensive history of working collaboratively with elected government officials.

A New York native, she comes to UCP of Long Island with more than two decades of experience working with agencies that provide services to adults and children with disabilities. In her previous role, Crispino was the Chief Program Officer for The Viscardi Center on Long Island. She has held positions as the Assistant Executive Director for ACLD and was the Chief Operating Officer for Head Injury Association.

Crispino has a Master’s of Science in rehabilitation counseling from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University. She has also worked as an Adjunct Faculty Professor for Hofstra University.

“I look forward to working in partnership with our dedicated board and staff to enhance the lives of those we serve.
Together we can increase our visibility and promote our vital mission in our community and to the businesses of Long Island. The increased community presence will enable us to create a LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS for individuals with disabilities” said Crispino.

“We’re honored to welcome Colleen Crispino to the CP State family,” said CP State CEO and President Susan A. Constantino.

“I’m looking forward to supporting Colleen and UCP Long Island in their mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” said CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro.