Video Description: Sim Goldman of Disability Rights New York (DRNY) will present information on the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with disabilities in New York. As the P&A/CAP for New York, DRNY advocates for the civil and legal rights for New Yorkers with disabilities. New York residents with disabilities can contact DRNY for assistance with problems directly related to their disabilities. DRNY investigates complaints and provides direct assistance to callers with disability-related issues under the terms of its federal grants and its annual goals and priorities. Information on the history of the program, eligibility, types of services and how to access services will be given.

Date: 05/19/2015

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Sim Goldman of Disability Rights New York (DRNY).

Presentation Slides: Disability Rights New York Overview (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Disability Rights New York OverviewWebinar 2015-05-19

Video Description: This training will provide transition specialists with an overview of types of abuse and neglect as well as their responsibilities when they become aware of possible abuse or neglect. This training is mandatory for all transition specialists. Transition specialists should notify their regional lead upon completion of this training.

Date: 05/21/2015

Author: Hosted by NYAIL. Presented by Suzanne de Beaumont, Project Director of the MFP Transition Center Project.

Presentation Slides: OPWDD Abuse and Neglect Training (PDF)

Webinar Recording: OPWDD Abuse and Neglect Training 2015-05-21 

Video Description: MBI-WPD allows people with disabilities who work to receive Medicaid benefits even if they earn more than Medicaid normally allows. Independent Living Centers frequently assist consumers with MBI-WPD applications and recertifications. Because the program is often poorly understood at the local Medicaid offices, we explored advocacy strategies to ensure appropriate access. Topics covered include eligibility criteria, documenting income, and proving disability. New Medicaid disability forms for those without a disability determination from Social Security are also discussed within the webinar.

This Webinar was presented by the NYAIL and CIDNY as part of the Community Health Advocates program.

Date: April 11, 2013

Presentation Slides: Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities Webinar 2013-04-11

Video Description: As the State continues to implement the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) recommendations approved in the 2011-12 State Budget, New Yorkers with disabilities are increasingly feeling the impact of these changes in the way they access health care services, community based supports, and prescription drugs. An overall theme of the MRT’s initiatives has been care management for all, transitioning thousands of New Yorkers from the State’s fee-for-service model of care to fully integrated care coordination models that manage enrollees’ primary, acute and long term services and supports.

This webinar is intended to provide an in-depth description of the changes to Medicaid managed care implemented thus far and those to come, and their impact on people with disabilities. Topics include “mainstream” Medicaid Managed Care, Managed-Long-Term Care (MLTC), and Fully Integrated Dual Advantage Plans.

This webinar was presented by NYAIL and CIDNY as part of the Community Health Advocates program

Date: August 2, 2012

Presentation Slides: Medicaid Managed Care (PDF)

Video Description: The lack of access to affordable, accessible, integrated housing is the most significant barrier to people with disabilities and older New Yorkers, who wish to transition from institutions or other segregated settings or who are at risk of institutionalization, who would prefer to live independently in the community. Ending the housing crisis for New Yorkers with disabilities of all ages that require long term services and supports in the community is a complex undertaking which faces many barriers. This workshop will discuss the New York Association on Independent Living's recommendations to increase affordable, accessible and integrated housing for people with disabilities and older adults in New York. Workshop participants will learn how they can impact the housing planning process at the national, state and local levels to advance recommendations that would increase the availability of affordable, accessible, integrated housing in their community.

This presentation was delivered at the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual "Aging Concerns Unites Us" conference.

Date: June 5, 2012

Presentation Slides: Housing Options for People with Disabilities and Older Adults (PDF)

On February 15, 2012, NYAIL partnered with the Center for Disability Rights and the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of NYS to host a comprehensive training on the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program for over 50 participants representing 25 health plans statewide. The training was intended to serve as the first in as a series of conversations both to serve as technical assistance to the plans venturing into a new, nontraditional model of health care, as well as to open the dialogue for integrating the model into managed care directly between the experts and the plans. This presentation is also being used by ILCs in local communities to begin their relationship-building with local plans and to help local plans understand CDPAP.

Date: 02/15/12

Presentation slides: CDPAP Training (PDF)

Date: March 28, 2012
This webinar was presented by NYAIL and CIDNY as part of the Community Health Advocates program

BHOs are targeted to persons with serious mental illness and/or substance dependence who have a history of multiple psychiatric admissions/readmissions, emergency service use, dependence relapses and detoxifications, incarceration, and homelessness. During Phase One, now underway, BHOs are conducting concurrent review of behavioral health inpatient stays for individuals in fee-for-service Medicaid. Phase Two is scheduled to begin in 2013 and will involve some form of Medicaid managed care for adults and children with serious mental health issues or substance use disorders.

This webinar presents the latest information on BHOs and their expected impact on people with disabilities and the ILCs that serve them. It also highlight some of the recommendations developed by the Medicaid Redesign Team BHO workgroup, intended to assure that BHOs will best serve the interests of people with disabilities while also saving the state money, including recommendations to improve care coordination, provide peer services, and ensure appropriate housing resources are available.

Presentation Slides: BHOs and the Expected Impact on People with Disabilities (PDF)


Date: February 8, 2012
This webinar was presented by NYAIL and CIDNY as part of the Community Health Advocates program

Last year's New York State budget provided for a major overhaul of the state's Medicaid system through the creation of the Medicaid Redesign Team, which was charged with reducing Medicaid spending by about $2.8 billion. By March of 2011, the MRT had agreed on over 200 initiatives to restructure the Medicaid program, drastically changing the way health care is delivered to New Yorkers with disabilities. People with disabilities are already feeling the impact of these changes in the way they access health care services, community based supports, and prescription drugs. Additional changes are still to come as the State continues to implement the recommendations of the MRT and its many workgroups.

This webinar is intended to provide a broad overview of the changes to Medicaid implemented thus far and those to come, and their impact on people with disabilities. Topics will include Medicaid Managed Care, Managed Long Term Care, Behavioral Health Organizations, and Health Homes. Highlights of the 2012-13 Executive Budget were also included to the extent that the budget included implementation of the MRT workgroups' recommendations. NYAIL and CIDNY will present additional CHA webinars to provide more information on the issues highlighted in this session.

Presentation Slides: MRT Initiatives Overview and Impact on People with Disabilities (PDF)

Date: December 7, 2011
NYAIL hosted a webinar on Disability Statistics presented by Bill Erickson, MS, research specialist with the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University.

Disability statistics are a vital resource for community planning efforts, including demonstrating critical unmet needs for housing and services for people with disabilities and older adults in New York State. Where can you find disability statistics? What are the strengths and limitations of different data sources? What should be considered when presenting disability statistics? This presentation will help answer these questions and assist community stakeholders in using statistics to make the best case for the service and housing needs of people with disabilities in their communities. The presentation includes a tour of the web and will demonstrate how to access disability statistics from a variety of resources with a focus on New York data.

Presentation Slides: Statistics on Disability (PDF)

Date: August 18, 2011
Opportunities for ILCs in the NYS Health Home Initiative

NYAIL recently hosted a webinar presented by Kevin Cleary, with KCGR LLC.

The Health Homes program is on of NY's first steps in redesigning Medicaid for all beneficiaries, including people with disabilities served by Independent Living Centers. The target populations for the health home initiative are individuals with chronic conditions. Health homes will provide enrollees with comprehensive care management, which will include referrals to community and social services. We expect DOH to implement a similar model soon for the managed long term care population.

This presentation included:

  • Brief description of the health home program and the potential role of ILCs as subcontractors with health homes
  • How to identify and build relationships with likely health home applicants and other health home providers in your region
  • What are Behavioral Health Organization and how will they work with health homes?
  • How can you position your center for a role in the rapidly changing Medicaid managed care system?

Presentation Slides: Health Home Initiative (PDF)