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September 11, 2020




Table of Contents:
  • Opening Keynote Speakers for 2020 IARF Virtual Conference Announced
  • Therap Webinar for IARF Members: Person-Centered Thinking & Community Based Documentation
  • NADSP Virtual Event: From Praise to Promise in Celebration of DSP Recognition Week
  • Covid-19 Relief Package Increasingly Unlikely as Congress Works on CR: Pressure Needed
  • Representative Michelle Mussman Prioritizes Disability Supports
  • Vote Yes For Fair Tax Organizational Sign-On
  • Are You Interested in Serving as an Integrated Health Home?
  • IARF BH COVID Billing Relief Extension & Telehealth Utilization Survey
  • Law Aims to Improve Mental Health Services at Colleges, But There’s No Money to Make it Happen
  • Mobile Crisis Response and Crisis Stabilization Program Approval
  • Illinois Partners for Human Service Fair Tax Call September 16
  • DDD Releases Final Information Bulletins – Appeals and Rate Increases
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) finalized between DDD & DRS on Employment
  • Draft Information Bulletin: Additional Staff Supports During At-Home Day Services
  • Rate Sheets and Budget Projections for CILA Providers
  • DDD Email Encryption Software
  • Register for the IARF Webinar WC-103: Navigating Complex Claims
  • StationMD to Host IARF Member Webinar September 17
  • The Horton Group to Host Webinar on Navigating the PPP
  • IARF Invited to Speak to Legislative Panel on Telehealth
  • Trinity Services Wins International Awards for Pandemic Response

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR 2020 IARF VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ANNOUCNED
IARF is pleased to announce the opening keynote speakers for the 2020 IARF Virtual Conference. Art Dykstra and Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., authors of A NEW PLAN, will open the Virtual Conference on Tuesday, November 10th with the session, A New Plan: Renew the Promise of Person-Centered Planning. A NEW PLAN introduces a contemporary model of person-centered planning for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This planning process also works for the elderly and persons recovering from mental illness also in need of supports in goal setting and accomplishment.

The 2020 IARF Virtual Conference will also feature 5 additional keynote speakers, over 15 educational sessions, a virtual exhibit hall and continuing education credits! Click here to learn more about the 2020 IARF Virtual Conference, view the schedule-at-a-glance, and register to attend today! Or, if you would like to learn more about exhibiting or sponsoring the Virtual Conference, click here to see what packages are available. (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)
 
NADSP VIRTUAL EVENT: FROM PRAISE TO PROMISE IN CELEBRATION OF DSP RECOGNITION WEEK
During 2020 National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, which takes place next week, September 13th – 19th, NADSP and the Research and Training Center on Community Living from the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, will be holding its first ever virtual event ‘From Praise to Promise.’ While the in-person connections created each year at our conferences feel irreplaceable, this week-long occasion provides an unprecedented opportunity.
 
This virtual event is completely FREE and we want everyone to participate.
 
The theme ‘From Praise to Promise’ offers a mix of recognition and gratitude for DSPs, along with concrete steps and proven best practices that can be implemented across the human services field. This has the potential to elevate the status of DSPs, involving how they’re acknowledged, empowered, and supported.
 
Throughout the week we’ll be hosting keynotes, breakouts, panel presentations and of course the John F. Kennedy Jr. Award. Additional details will be released in the coming weeks including the conference schedule, registration information, and sponsorship options. Click here to learn more and register today! (Contact: Maggie Henley)
 
COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE INCREASINGLY UNLIKELY AS CONGRESS WORKS ON CR: PRESSURE NEEDED
Despite leadership on both chambers of Congress advancing competing proposals months ago, election politics have seemingly destroyed any meaningful opportunity to see a fourth COVID-19 relief package prior to the General Election (and possibly not until January). 
 
The HEROES Act advanced by the House in May included several important provisions for HCBS services and supports with state and local government relief, with the Senate HEALS Act coming in as less generous, but including provisions on employer liability.  While the Senate Republicans have recently introduced an even leaner package (which failed to advance earlier this week), it remains unlikely we will see a fourth package tied to what Congress absolutely MUST do this month – pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government into the new fiscal year, which starts October 1st.
 
The talk of the day is that Congress and the White House will agree to advance a temporary CR to fund the government, and include some Medicare and Medicaid ‘extenders’ through the end of the calendar year – this is typical Congress for you on these matters. 
 
We simply can’t take this lying down.  It is imperative that Congress set aside election year politics and address core issues impacting the provision of services due to the pandemic.  Specifically, we are asking Congress to:

  • Protect Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for people with intellectual /developmental disabilities (I/DD) through targeted investments;
  • Stabilize funding for state and local governments to prevent cuts to HCBS funding.

Please use this link to send a message directly to your member(s) of Congress using the ANCOR Advocacy Tool. (Contact: Josh Evans)
 
REPRESENTATIVE MICHELLE MUSSMAN PRIORITIZES DISABILITY SUPPORTS
In the Chicago Sun Times questionnaire of Illinois House of Representatives candidates for the General Election, Representative Michelle Mussman indicates her top priorities are improving how the state supports and cares for people with disabilities to help” them lead their best lives, continue to move the state forward in education and social service policy.”  Be sure to check out her responses. (Contact: Luis Andrade)
 
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.  You can learn more about the Fair Tax by clicking here. (Contact: Dan Frey)
 
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)
 
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 view and complete the survey by clicking here. (Contact: Dan Frey)
 
LAW AIMS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT COLLEGES, BUT THERE’S NO MONEY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
WBEZ posted a story this week on a law passed last year aimed at boosting mental health services and awareness at Illinois’ public universities and community colleges still hasn’t received any of the funding schools say they need to bring the law to life.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mental health advocates say the money is crucial to helping colleges address gaps in services at a time when counseling and resources have quickly shifted online and students are facing increased isolation, stress and anxiety.

Schools estimate it would take $17 to $20 million each year over the next three years to fully implement the law across all colleges and universities.  Click here to read the entire article. (Contact: Dan Frey)
 
MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE AND CRISIS STABILIZATION PROGRAM APPROVAL
HFS has release a notice regarding the Mobile Crisis Response and Crisis Stabilization program.  This notice provides an update regarding the Medicaid Rehabilitation Option (MRO) Crisis Response program approval. Providers seeking program approval as a Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) and/or as a Crisis Stabilization (STA) provider must meet the requirements established by the Department detailed in 89 Ill. Admin. Code 140 Table N, complete the required Illinois Medicaid Advanced Cloud Technology (IMPACT) system provider enrollment process, and have successfully completed the Crisis Response program approval process.  To read the entire notice, please click here. (Contact: Dan Frey)
 
ILLINOIS PARTNERS FOR HUMAN SERVICE FAIR TAX CALL SEPTEMBER 16
The Illinois Partners for Human Service will be holding a statewide all on September 16 at 2 pm on the Fair Tax. If interested, please join the Statewide Call next week Thursday, 9/16 at 2 PM for a panel on the Graduated Income Tax Amendment, or Fair Tax.  The panel will include the following leaders: John Bouman, Chairman of Vote Yes for Fair Tax Ballot Committee; Graciela Guzman, Campaign Director for Healthy Illinois; and Sam Tuttle, Committee Director for Vote Yes for Fair Tax.  Register here to receive the zoom webinar information (Contact: Dan Frey)

DDD RELEASES FINAL INFORMATIONAL BULLETINS – APPEALS AND RATE INCREASES
The Division of Developmental Disabilities released two finalized Informational Bulletins (IB) this week.  They include Appeals Process and Rate Increase for DDD Waiver Funded Programs FY2021. The rate changes are effective July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021 for CILA, Grant, and POS services. Effective dates for ICF/IDD, ICF/IDD day training, and MC/DD Programs, including 31S effective dates, are to be determined upon approval of the State Plan Amendment.  (Contact: Beth Owens)
 
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) FINALIZED BETWEEN DDD & DRS ON EMPLOYMENT
The MOU released by the Division this week addresses the synchronization of employment services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). It outlines the collaborative relationship between DDD & DRS, as well. It specifically addresses eligibility requirements, provider entity responsibilities, the scope of employment related services and supports, confidentiality measures, the flow of funding and the coordination and communication of all parties involved in the delivery of services. (Contact:  Beth Owens)
 
DRAFT INFORMATION BULLETIN: ADDITIONAL STAFF SUPPORTS DURING AT-HOME DAY SERVICES
The Division has released another Draft IB.  It states that CILA providers should not bill 53R for At Home Day Program (37U) hours unless they have applied for additional hours. Providers who use existing 53R for additional staff during At Home day Services (37U) hours will run short of billable hours before the end of the fiscal year.  (Contact: Beth Owens)
 
RATE SHEETS AND BUDGET PROJECTIONS FOR CILA PROVIDERS
The DDD is mailing out updated rate summaries to each CILA Agency.  The rates have been updated for the July 1, 2020 $1.00 wage reimbursement increase and the rates also include the 5% COVID-19 premium, which will end December 31, 2020.  Many agencies may be projecting revenue for the next year from these rate summaries.  The DDD wants to remind CILA providers that January 1, 2021 when the $0.50 wage reimbursement is applied to CILA Rates, the 5% COVID-19 premium will be coming off each person’s CILA Rate. The net result will be about a 2.5% decrease in the rates shown in the current mailing of CILA Rate Summaries. (Contact: Beth Owens)
 
DDD EMAIL ENCRIPTION SOFTWARE
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has previously indicated that all providers are required to encrypt any emails sent to the Division which contain confidential client information.  It has become an issue recently as the Division has begun to implement remote surveys, in addition to responding to provider’s inquiries and questions via email. As a reminder, Providers are required to identify at least one individual who will maintain the Entrust encryption software on their computer within their organization and be identified as the specific contact person for the DDD. More information from the Division on this topic and directions to obtain the Entrust software can be found HERE in the Memo from DDD.  (Contact: Beth Owens)
 
REGISTER FOR THE IARF WEBINAR WC-103: NAVIGATING COMPLEX CLAIMS
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)
 
STATIONMD TO HOST IARF MEMBER WEBINAR SEPTEMBER 17
IARF Members are invited to join StationMD for a webinar; Clinical Guidelines for the Management of COVID-19 for the I/DD Population in the Congregated Home Setting. In this presentation, StationMD founding doctors share their expertise in managing the current health crisis for group homes, which are at a higher risk of COVID-19 spread. You will learn how to determine who needs to be tested, who needs hospital care and who needs isolation. The presentation will go over isolation / cohorting techniques to control spread, as well as give examples of managing symptomatic and asymptomatic exposed individuals. Webinar to be held on September 17 at 10:00am. Click here to learn more and register today! (Contact: Maggie Henley)
 
THE HORTON GROUP TO HOST WEBINAR ON NAVIGATING THE PPP
Join The Horton Group on September 22nd for an informational webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Certified Exit Planning Advisor® (CEPA), Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor® (CM&AA), Brett Dearing, partner at Certiy Partners will discuss how to navigate the PPP. During the webinar Dearing will give an overview of PPP, discuss potential future challenges caused by the loan and transitioning to the growth mindset. Details and webinar registration link are available below.  (Contact: Maggie Henley)

Navigating the PPP: How to Maximize Forgiveness and Prepare for Future Challenges Webinar
Tuesday, September 22
10:00 am – 11:00 am
REGISTER HERE
 
IARF INVITED TO SPEAK BEFORE LEGISLATIVE PANEL ON TELEHEALTH
The Illinois General Assembly, on behalf of State Senator Harris and State Representative Jones, have invited IARF to speak before a legislative panel on potential Telehealth Legislation. The meeting will take Wednesday 9/16/2020. The purpose of this call will be to get the perspective of the various patient and provider groups participating on telehealth and share any data or information on this topic that we think is important for the legislators to know, as they look to craft legislation moving forward.  These meetings are less a formal presentation format and more a question and answer discussion style format, especially given that there will be multiple groups joining IARF will keep members apprised of the latest GA developments. (Contact: Luis Andrade)
 
TRINITY SERVICES WIN INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Trinity Services, Inc. is proud to announce that the organization was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Most Valuable Non-Profit Response and Silver Stevie Award in the Most Exemplary Employer categories of The 17th Annual International Business Awards. Trinity Services was recognized for its proactive response to the coronavirus pandemic, keeping the health and safety of the people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom it supports and its staff members at heart. Trinity created a shelter-in-place staffing model through which more than 150 staff members moved into residential locations for weeks and even months at a time to ensure that people with developmental disabilities were as safe as possible. Many people Trinity supports have preexisting conditions which put them at higher risk for severe complications from the virus. (Contact: Luis Andrade)















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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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