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September 25, 2020




Table of Contents:
  • IARF Virtual Conference Day 2 Opening Keynote & Breakout Session Highlights
  • September Brings Member Networking Back to Monthly Meetings
  • Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020 IARF Community Care Professional of the Year Award IARF Webinar WC-103: Navigating Complex Claims Next Tuesday
  • Voting in Illinois has Begun!
  • IARF BH COVID Billing Relief Extension & Telehealth Utilization Survey
  • IARF Meets with Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee to Talk About COVID-19
  • Community Day Services Provider Survey
  • Reinvention Payment Remittance Details
  • DHS-DDD Releases Day Programing Reminders
  • BH Trade Organizations Ask for IM+CANS Delay
  • DDD Draft Information Bulletins
  • Are You Interested in Serving as an Integrated Health Home?
  • Vote Yes For Fair Tax Organizational Sign-On
  • Foothold Technology to Host Virtual Trivia Next Week
  • Therap Webinar for IARF Members: Person-Centered Thinking & Community Based Documentation
  • 10/8 CRSS Supervisor Training with DMH
  • Oregon Resource Association Launching Wildfire Relief Fund for DSPs. Donate Today!

IARF VIRTUAL CONFERENCE DAY 2 OPENING KEYNOTE & BREAKOUT SESSION HIGHLIGHTS
Earlier this week, IARF announced Jason Kander as the Opening Keynote at day two of the 2020 IARF Virtual Conference and gave a preview of breakout sessions for day one. Kander is a former Army Captain and President of Let America Vote. On Wednesday, November 11th at 12:15, Jason will open day two of the IARF Virtual Conference with his keynote presentation from a lived experience perspective that recognizes the importance of self-care.
 
In Outside the Wire, Jason Kander describes his journey from Midwestern suburban kid to soldier to politician and details what he's learned along the way. Outside the Wire is a candid, practical guide for anyone thinking about public service and everyone wishing to make a difference. It's a call to action, an entertaining meditation on the demands and rewards of civic engagement, and, ultimately, a hopeful vision for America's future -- all seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated servants.
 
In addition, IARF gave a preview of a few of our breakout sessions. Day one of the conference attendees will have three breakouts to choose from to attend live:
 
Dual Diagnosis: Strategies to Better Support Persons with I/DD & SMI
Presented by: Mele Manning, RN CDDN – Nurse Consultant, EverSpring Pharmacy
 
What's the Buzz? Telehealth in Outpatient Mental Health
Presented by: Jill Hayden – President, Medicaid Policy Network LLC & Ann Ford, Partner/Managing Director, HPS Advise
 
Towards a Statewide Plan for Community Integrated Employment
Presented by: Dale Versegen, M.B.A – Senior Research Associate, TransCen, Inc.
 
Click here to learn more about these breakout sessions. These sessions will be live on, Tuesday, November 10th at 10:30 am and available as a recording after the event for attendees.
 
Don’t miss out; register today! Team discount available for registrations of 5 or more team members from your agency. Click here to learn more and register. (Contact: Maggie Henley)
 
SEPTEMBER BRINGS MEMBER NETWORKING BACK TO MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS
Virtual meetings have been the norm for many of us these last few months.  As such, the Association has tried to stick to focused, topical area discussions amongst our Board, Committees, and workgroups.  In what was a pleasant break from the approach, IARF held a Meeting of the Membership on Wednesday specifically to encourage attendees simply to network and talk amongst themselves.  With three meeting rooms for networking on “we are doing cool things over here, what are you hearing and I have questions, (nobody wanted to vent) our team moderated some great discussion without limitation to a specific topic.  While Beth, Luis, and Dan moderated, Maggie and Josh were able to jump among the rooms to track the discussions. 
 
Based on feedback we’ve received so far, the change in approach was well received and we plan to take this into consideration as we schedule discussions for the fourth quarter of the calendar year.  Thanks to all of our members that took some time from their day to simply talk with one another, share great ideas, and learn! (Contact: Maggie Henley)
 
NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2020 IARF COMMUNITY CARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
IARF is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2020 IARF Community Care Professional of the Year!  The purpose of this award is to acknowledge excellence. This award seeks to recognize a frontline staff member working in an IARF member agency that exemplifies quality care, compassion, person-centered focus, and commitment to the individuals and families they support and understands the value of the care professional's work. In recognition of the incredible work of so many frontline staff during the COVID-19 pandemic era, for 2020, IARF will recognize all nominees during our award presentation during the 2020 IARF Virtual Conference: Meeting the Challenge and the award winner will receive a complimentary ticket for a full conference registration!

The 2020 IARF Community Care Professional of the Year is intended to acknowledge a frontline staff person.  By this, we mean an individual that provides direct services and supports to an individual receiving services at an IARF member agency. This may include, but is not limited to, DSPs, QIDPs, QMHPs, MHPs, LCPs, nurses, RSAs, etc.  IARF members are eligible to nominate one frontline staff person from each organization. In order to successfully nominate someone for the award, nominators must complete the online nomination form by October 19, 2020.  Click here to view the nomination criteria details. Click here to access the nomination form. (Contact: Maggie Henley)
 
IARF WEBINAR WC-103: NAVIGATING COMPLEX CLAIMS NEXT TUESDAY
Join us for the IARF members only webinar, WC 103: Navigating Complex Claims. In course three of the IARF Workers’ Compensation Webinar Series presenter Lori Beers will discuss what happens when cases get a bit more serious and an employee is taken off work or needs more serious medical treatment, including surgery. She will talk about ways your claims adjuster can help employers navigate more serious/complex claims. Lastly, she will look at legal representation, and what that means to employers.
 
This IARF Member webinar will be held on September 29th from 10:00 am – 11:00am. Registration for IARF Members is FREE and member login is required. Click here to learn more and register. (Contact: Maggie Henley)

VOTING IN ILLINOIS HAS BEGUN!
On Thursday, local election authorities began sending out vote-by-mail ballots and early voting starts in some places in Illinois!

Please make sure you know your registration status and have a plan to vote!

The Fair Tax amendment will only succeed if we are telling our family, friends and neighbors about the key facts of the proposal:

  • Anyone making less than $250,000 a year will get a tax cut.
  • 97% of Illinois taxpayers will get a tax cut or pay no more.
  • Billions of dollars can be invested in schools, healthcare, infrastructure, and our communities.

Wealthy special interests are blanketing the airwaves with misinformation and distractions. Voters need to hear the real story from someone they trust, and they need to be encouraged to get out and vote.

Learn more about early voting in your area!

Please, make a plan to vote and help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! (Contact: Dan Frey)

IARF BH COVID BILLING RELIEF EXTENSION & TELEHEALTH UTILIZATION SURVEY
IARF is attempting to ascertain the level of decline in billing for the codes that received COVID relief dollars from the MCOs for March 8 - June 30. Answers are being sought to questions as they relate to the codes that received the COVID relief rate increase. This will allow IARF to present an accurate accounting of our members' losses during the pandemic, and advocate more effectively for an extension of this rate increase.
 
Additionally, the state is encouraging providers to conduct a migration of services to telehealth for the remainder of the public health crisis, and legislation is in development to make these changes permanent. It is believed that an increase in telehealth utilization will correspond with more stable claims and billing. You can view and complete the survey by clicking here. (Contact: Dan Frey)

IARF MEETS WITH ILLINOIS SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WORK GROUP TO TALK ABOUT COVID-19
This week, President and CEO Josh Evans, Vice President for Health and Long-Term Care Policy Luis Andrade, and Vice President for Behavioral Health Policy Dan Frey participated in a discussion with the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Working Group, Chaired by Senate Majority Leader Mattie Hunter. The group was interested in how IARF membership was doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
IARF highlighted our communications with DHS and DPH during the pandemic and provided an overall assessment of the I/DD system to the legislators and staff. IARF addressed staffing and funding issues (retainer payments), re-opening of CDS, SODCs, patient safety, family visitation, and PPE. IARF then presented the results of our PPE survey, which asked of our membership about their PPE needs.
As always, IARF will continually advocate for our members before all elected officials.

The discussion also included the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association, and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. (Contact: Luis Andrade)

COMMUNITY DAY SERVICES PROVIDER SURVEY
The Division has released a CDS survey to providers that is intended to gather data on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Community Day Services (CDS) system with regards to individuals returning to services.  The document is an excel workbook with multiple pages to document every CDS site and agency may operate.  The Division is requesting that the data in the survey be based on cumulative participation for the month of September.  The Division is requesting the survey to be returned via e-mail to Valerie Taylor, valerie.taylor@illinois.gov, by October 9, 2020.  Questions about the survey can be sent to George Bengel, george.bengel@illinois.gov or Derek Hedges, derek.hedges@illinois.gov. (Contact: Beth Owens)

REINVENTION PAYMENT REMITTANCE DETAILS
Providers should soon receive remittance details for reinvention payments. The Bureau of Reimbursement and Program Support is working on the breakdown by provider. Processing payments by individual agency and payment recalculations have delayed the release of these report. Provider questions on remittance details and reinvention payments can be directed them to Celia Weatherford at Celia.R.Weatherford@Illinois.Gov or Elizabeth Solomon at  Elizabeth.Solomon@Illinois.Gov . (Contact: Beth Owens)

DHS-DDD RELEASES DAY PROGRAMING REMINDERS
The Division has released information reminding providers that At-Home Day Program (37U) is a habilitative day program with programming (IB: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=125456) and should be implemented as such. 

Additionally, they have asked ISC and residential providers to draw awareness to this component of the CDS IB (https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=125676):
If multiple day programs or supported employment is used, there must be Implementation Strategies that define exactly the hours billed for each type of service to ensure the 1,100 hours is divided appropriately. The ISC is responsible for ensuring all services are reflected and itemized appropriately.

If an individual has returned to a CDS program, but still plans to participate in At-Home Day Program (37U), it is imperative the ISC mediate and ensure that both providers have a plan for utilization of the 1100 hours. This will also be relevant for VDS. (Contact: Beth Owens)

BH TRADE ORGANIZATIONS ASK FOR IM+CANS DELAY
IARF, along with our fellow behavioral health trade organizations CBAH, IABH, and ICOY sent a formal request to HFS this week asking for a delay in implementation of the IM+CANS portal, currently scheduled for October 1, along with other changes to the portal.  You can view the whole letter by clicking here. (Contact: Dan Frey)

DDD DRAFT INFORMATION BULLETINS
The Division has 4 Information Bulletins (IB) currently in draft form that are open for comment:

DRAFT - Virtual Day Services
DRAFT - CILA and DD Facilities Electronic Monitoring Forms and Process
DRAFT - ISC Remote Monitoring Activities
DRAFT - COVID-19 PSW Background Checks

A Draft Information Bulletin on SEP and the recently signed DRS/ DDD MOU is expected to be released soon.  Provider feedback or comments on the current draft IB’s can be sent to Beth Owens, bowens@iarf.org. (Contact: Beth Owens)

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING AS AN INTEGRATED HEALTH HOME?
With the launch of the Integrated Health Home (IHH) now pushed back to January 1, 2021, there are ways to begin the process of becoming an IHH ahead of more specific information or criteria becoming available. If you are interested in serving as an IHH, please let the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP) know and they will send that information on to the Medicaid health plans.

Complete the IHH Submission Form and IAMHP will send at least a weekly report to the plans with your information. (Contact: Dan Frey)

VOTE YES FOR FAIR TAX ORGANIZATIONAL SIGN-ON
As you all know, IARF last December unanimously passed a resolution to support the Illinois Fair Tax initiative. As a part of that initiative, IARF has been participating in the Vote Yes for Fair Tax and Vote Yes for Fairness committees.
 
Vote Yes for Fair Tax has requested that organizations who support the passage of the Fair Tax constitutional amendment in November sign on to formally list their support. You can do so by clicking here.  Individuals who want to be listed as a supporter, or validator, of the Fair Tax can click here. (Contact: Dan Frey)

FOOTHOLD TECHNOLOGY TO HOST VIRTUAL TRIVIA NEXT WEEK
On September 30th, Foothold Technology will host a virtual trivia event! Get a team together or sign up as an individual and they’ll assign you a team. Teams can be as small or as large as you would like, but 4-6 players per team is ideal. This is a great opportunity for team building, engaging with colleagues, and just some good old fun! There will be raffles throughout the event and prizes for the winners. Click here to learn more and sign up. (Contact: Maggie Henley)


 
THERAP WEBINAR FOR IARF MEMBERS: PERSON-CENTERED THINKING & COMMUNITY BASED DOCUMENTATION
Person-centered planning has become a buzz word all over the nation, but is it really effective in getting people the lives they desire? Join this Therap session on person-centered thinking, discovery and planning. This conversation will challenge your thinking on the “why” of person-centered practices and its impact on helping individuals to achieve their desired good life through personalized supports. The second half of this webinar will delve into Community Based Documentation: Considerations, policies and practices with a live demonstration of Therap's mobile application Suite.  Please register here. (Contact: Maggie Henley)

10/8 CRSS SUPERVISOR TRAINING WITH DMH
Please plan to join on October 8th, 2020 for DMH’s second Virtual CRSS Supervisor Training!  The theme this year is "Effective Supervision!” These educational trainings place an emphasis on sharing successful tools and strategies for supervising those with the Certified Recovery Support Specialist credential or who are seeking their CRSS. This quarter's focus is "Evaluating CRSS Performance!”
 
ABOUT THIS QUARTER’S VIRTUAL TRAINING:
DATE:             October 8, 2020
TIME:             10:00am - 11:30am
TOPIC:            Evaluating CRSS Performance
 
OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn: The basics of the 4 domains of the CRSS: Advocacy, Mentoring, Recovery Support, and Personal Responsibility; How to use the 4 domains of the CRSS model to create a job description for a CRSS; How to use the 4 domains of the CRSS model to evaluate the performance of CRSS professionals
 
 To Register click: HERE
(Contact: Dan Frey)

OREGON RESOURCE ASSOCIATION (ORA) LAUNCHING WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND FOR DSPS. DONATE TODAY!
If you've watched the news regarding Oregon's wildfires, you've probably wondered what you can do to help. Even as evacuations of people with I/DD were happening throughout the state Oregon, we learned that DSPs were also losing their homes. We felt compelled to act.
 
ORA members have been more than generous in opening up their homes and offices, but many who experienced loss will need additional assistance getting back on their feet. For now it's clear that money will provide the most immediate relief. If you contribute to the ORA Wildfire Relief Fund, we will ensure that your donation gets to those in need as quickly as possible. DONATE HERE. (Contact: Luis Andrade)
 















Thank You to Our 2020 Supporting Members & Partners!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

Thank you to our 2020 Virtual Conference Sponsors!
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 





 










Josh Evans - President & CEO  - jevans@iarf.org
Beth Owens - Vice President for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Policy - bowens@iarf.org
Daniel M.O. Frey - Vice President for Behavioral Health Policy - dfrey@iarf.org  
Luis Andrade - Vice President of Health & Long-Term Care Policy - landrade@iarf.org
Maggie Henley - Director of Member Services - mhenley@iarf.org
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