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(4.14.20) Federal financial assistance is now available to support provider telehealth needs.  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act, to help health care providers – including eligible community mental health and substance use treatment providers – fund technology and equipment to bolster service delivery via telehealth.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with distributing these funds and accepting applications. The program will provide immediate support by fully funding telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to deliver connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations. The program will last until the funds have been expended or the pandemic ends. The application portal opened yesterday at 12 p.m. ET and the application vetting begins this week. Funding is distributed on a rolling basis until it is all gone.  The link to information the application and FAQs:  https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpkbE56VTVPR1UyT0dRMCIsInQiOiJBRVRFdjg4SEFPRHhZTm1kSnVvVUFWU3BPVnltY1lpRVc2UFBzbm8xRTVXQWtvTzhnQ0Z1TGpYV2FYSGFNRkt4Z3hoUDRuQmtsS0E1STNKamFXZmxxQkxlaFdWWGhiWVNqRzZJNHB5U0o5NEVNcm4zN2JkSVMxSnhvUFhldEhtUyJ9

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(4.14.20) OASAS’ Office Hours for Staff in Inpatient and Residential Settings – Navigating Worry, Stress, and Fear: Support for Frontline Workers during COVID-19. The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) at the State University at Buffalo to support to our heroic frontline staff during this global pandemic. For the next two months, we will be offering “Office Hours” conducted by Susan Green, LCSW and Samantha Koury, LMSW, from ITTIC. They will be available to assist direct care staff in developing practical approaches to responding to trauma. Participants will learn basic skills on the “topic of the day,” which will change every two weeks, and will have an opportunity to discuss with their colleagues and peers how they are coping with issues of stress, anxiety, and loss related to the current state of our communities. Each participant will receive resources on how to continue addressing the issues discussed.  Click here for Office Hours for Staff in Inpatient and Residential Settings and session information.

Click here for Office Hours for Staff in OTPs and Community-Based Settings. Click here for Office Hours for Prevention Staff.

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(4.14.20) OneGroup COVID-19 Healthcare Frequently Asked Questions.

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(4.14.20) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans

to small businesses. Click here to download the handout.

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(4.14.20) Health Funding Handbook, sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub team.

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(4.14.20) New York City community-based behavioral health providers are having increasing challenges maintaining essential congregate care services to New Yorkers with behavioral health needs and developmental/intellectual disabilities during the COIVD-19 pandemic.  Maintenance of staffing levels is a key challenge. To keep services operational and clients safe, programs are increasingly reliant on relief staffing provided by healthcare staffing companies.  To support New Yorkers receiving care at these sites, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will launch the NYC COVID Congregate Care Staffing Portal. The Coalition for Behavioral Health will operate the portal. Click here for full article.

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(4.13.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team. Governor Cuomo has issued a new Executive Order directing employers to provide masks to employees who interact with the public beginning 8 pm April 15.  For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. Click here for the full article.

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(4.12.20) OneGroup is continuing to monitor the coronavirus pandemic’s developments and its impacts on employers. Click here for some important resources specifically for New York employers.   Click here for COVID-19 Employee Leave Quick Guide.

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(4.11.20) One Group: Health Insurance Providers Covering Treatment in Response to Coronavirus and NY Small Group premium payments while under COVID-19 financial stress. As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to increase many health insurance providers are taking action. Coronavirus testing and related office visits are mandated to be covered-in-full by all health insurance plans. This was a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and it pertains to fully-insured and self-insured health insurance plans. Most health insurance carriers are taking that a step further and are now covering coronavirus related treatment in full as well. Click here for the full article.

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(4.10.20) Update is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub team. Click here for the full article.

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(4.10.20) NYAPRS and the National Council on Behavioral Health are teaming up for a webinar next Wednesday, April 15, at 12:00 PM, to highlight new funding opportunities regarding the COVID-19 Emergency.

Register for the event here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C2aQwVMLRpyZ_uSfago-ng

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(4.10.20) Treatment Communities of America (TCA) has published a newsletter with announcements and other helpful information on COVID-19 and the ongoing response at the Federal level. Read the newsletter here.

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(4.9.20) OASAS would like to offer free prescription deactivation bags (i.e., medication disposal bags) to OASAS certified and funded prevention programs for distribution in your communities.  As people are home during this time of social distancing many are cleaning out medicine cabinets and other areas in their house.    In many cases, people may be finding unused medications including pain medication that need to be disposed of properly.   The order will come in a case of 100 bags and there is a limitation of one (1) case per provider organization.  We are not able to break down the cases – if your program feels that distributing this number of bags would be difficult please consider partnering with a prevention coalition, a treatment program, Recovery Center or other community partner (i.e., senior program; hospice; pharmacy).   The supply is limited and orders will be filled in the order the requests are received until the supply runs out.  We ask that you are thoughtful in placing a request for a case of Rx deactivation bags and work with your local coalitions and other partners in distributing them to community.   As the NYS PAUSE Plan is in effect until April 29th, our plan is to kick-off our efforts for the distribution of prescription deactivation bag during SAMHSA National Prevention Week (May 10th – 15th).   We will send ideas for distribution and partnership prior to the end of the month.  Please send your ideas for safe distribution to share with the field. If your program is interested in receiving a supply, complete the survey below by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXbags

Pat Zuber-Wilson,
NYS OASAS

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(4.8.20) A new OASAS resource to use and share during COVID-19.

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(4.7.20) Click here for the latest update on  behalf of the Brown & Weinraub team.

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(4.7.20) Workforce Help for Service Providers: Resource to address staffing shortages created by Coronavirus.

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(4.6.20)  Please find the attached streamlined telepractice document, shared by Rob Kent at OASAS. All of the forms referenced in the document, as well as other guidance and useful information, can be found here: https://oasas.ny.gov/keywords/coronavirus

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(4.6.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub team. Two key take-aways from Governor Cuomo’s briefing today:

  • New York on PAUSE is extended through April 29
  • The maximum fine for violations of state-mandated social distancing rules is increased from $500 to $1000

Other points of interest:

The CDC offers information on how to wear a facemask as is not recommended anytime you are outside of your home.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Use the following link to learn more and access applications for federal assistance programs: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

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(4.4.20)  OASAS COVID-19 materials.  https://oasas.ny.gov/keywords/coronavirus

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(4.5.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team. Please see the attached, issued April 3, 2020, by the Department of Health, with COVID-19 Guidance regarding Suspension of Health Plan Utilization Review Requirements for:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Other Health Care Providers

This guidance will also be posted on the COVID-19 Guidance for Medicaid Providers webpage, which is updated regularly with guidance and information.

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(4.2.20) Click here for some highlights from the SFY 2021 Budget, sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub team.

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(4.2.20) Click here for an updated analysis of the OASAS Aid to Localities budget, including appropriations buried in the State Operations budget bill. A big thank you to John Tauriello at Brown & Weinraub for his detailed and timely analysis.

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(4.2.20) See this helpful Youtube video for those of you working through the CARES Act paycheck protection plan loan process. A special thanks to Rob Kent at OASAS for sharing this resource. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wMxKVQANy6M&feature=youtu.be#dialog

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(4.1.20) COVID-19 Division of Mental Hygiene Guidance for Contracted Providers. As a contracted or subcontracted provider of the Division of Mental Hygiene, you may find the following guidance documents helpful. Click here for the Letter from COH re: BH Provider Surge; DR4480-PNP-PRA-Packet-Private-Not-For-Profit and COVID-19  Applicant Briefings for Public Assistance LocalGovt and PNPs.

NY State:

1. NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services – Request for Public Assistance from FEMA

      a. Applicant Briefing Announcement DR-4480 (COVID-19) – see information about webinar on 4/2/20

b. Private Non-Profit Eligibility Guidelines

NY City:

1. DOHMH: Letter from Commissioner of Health with guidance to request volunteers to fulfill your surge staffing needs (3.31.20). Note: This replaces the previous surge staffing letter sent on 3.23.20

Please visit the DOHMH COVID-19 Provider website often to keep up-to-date with the latest information https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-providers.page. You can also text “COVID” to 692-692 to receive text updates.

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(4.1.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team. NYS BUDGET UPDATE: We are combing through available NYS Budget bills as they are printed to identify opportunities of interest to specific clients. We understand the process continues to move ahead and will share additional information as we have it. Click here for the full article.

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(4.1.20) The following and attached information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team. Brown & Weinraub has had a lot of questions about the recently enacted federal CARES Act. We have obtained the consent of our friends at Sachs Consulting to share their summary of the Act with you. Read the summary here. On March 26th, the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” or CARES Act, an approximately $2.2 trillion relief package to address the rapidly growing COVID-19 public health emergency, passed the Senate on a vote of 96-0. The four missing Senators were in isolation due to confirmed or potential COVID-19 infection. The House then passed the law by voice vote on March 27th, and President Trump signed the law on the same day. The CARES Act is the largest relief package in U.S. history. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal budget for this fiscal year was expected to be roughly $4.7 trillion. The attached document summarizes major aspects of the law, which is available here.

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(4.1.20) Update from Brown and Weinraub Healthcare Team. DOH has released a link to a new FAQ on Medicaid Telehealth, and is also planning a webinar on Medicaid Telehealth (date TBD). Click here to read the full article.

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(4.1.20) Please see the following link for the SBA’s COVID-19 guidance for small business loan applicants: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

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(3.31.20) The Office of Disaster Recovery at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be holding several virtual Applicant Briefings to discuss the federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may be available under the COVID-19 major disaster declaration. We strongly encourage all non-profit service providers to join one of the scheduled webinars to learn more. See attached for a briefings schedule and registration links.

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(3.30.20) Updated: DOH Guidance on Healthcare Personnel Return to Work and Protocols. Please note that this supersedes previously issued guidance and does not differ materially from what has been issued by OMH to State-operated providers. As you may know, Governor Cuomo also has issued an Executive Order dictating that DOH directives supersede any direction from county health authorities, as well as any directives made by other political subdivisions. While the attached reflects guidance which DOH is mandating for the providers targeted in this communication, OMH is providing you this same communication, as a resource.  OMH recommends that community mental health providers follow these guidelines wherever relevant. OMH continues to add guidance documents, including FAQs, to the OMH Guidance website: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/. Please check daily for updates.

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(3.30.20) Update from Brown and Weinraub. Click here to read the full article.

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(3.30.20) Update from Brown and Weinraub healthcare team. In most recent EO (today) https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency :

Sections 16.33, 16.34, 31.35 and 19.20 of the Mental Hygiene law; sections 378-a, 424-a and 495 of the Social Services law; sections 550,633.5, 633.24 and 805 of Title 14 of the NYCRR;  Article 3, sections 442.18, 447.2, 448.3, 449.4, 450.9, 451.6 of Title 18 of the NYCRR ; and sections 166-1.2, 180-1.5, 180-3.4, 182-1.5, 182-1.9, 182-1.11, 182-2.5,  182-2.9 and 6051.1 of Title 9 of the NYCRR, to the extent necessary to allow current employees of OPWDD or OPWDD approved providers, OCFS licensed or certified programs, OASAS certified, funded or authorized programs, OMH or OMH licensed, funded or approved programs who have previously undergone such background checks to be employed by a different OPWDD approved provider and/or OCFS licensed or certified program and/or OASAS certified, funded or authorized program and/or OMH licensed, funded or approved program without undergoing new background checks.   These provisions are also waived to the extent necessary to allow providers the discretion to permit already qualified individuals and who are not listed on the Staff Exclusion List to work unsupervised while an updated background check is completed;

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(3.30.20) Attached you will find a letter ASAP shared last week with the Governor’s office and legislative leadership regarding our concern with an item included in Medicaid Redesign Team II recommendations that would carve out the managed care pharmacy benefit. We encourage you to use the attached letter as a template if your organization would like to weigh in on this issue with your district legislators. As a reminder, the State budget deadline is tomorrow at midnight. ASAP will provide updates on the budget – including a comprehensive analysis – as soon as possible. Stay tuned for additional updates.

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(3.30.20) Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice Released. On March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice for employers to use to satisfy the posting requirement in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Covered employers can find the FFCRA notice here. The Department of Labor also published frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the notice on its website. Per the FAQs, each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. OneGroup will continue to monitor legislative changes due to COVID-19, and issue updates as appropriate.

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(3.30.20) The Office of Disaster Recovery at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be holding several virtual Applicant Briefings to discuss the federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may be available under the COVID-19 major disaster declaration. See attached for a briefings schedule and registration links.

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(3.27.20) Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers can begin medication-assisted treatment (MAT) at home in various counties. Find a provider in your catchment area to inquire about at-home buprenorphine induction at the following link: https://oasas.ny.gov/medication-assisted-treatment-telehealth

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(3.27.20) Reporting and Discharge Protocols for Criminal Justice Involved Individuals During the COVID-19 Crisis newly issued OASAS guidance. Click here for the full article.

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(3.27.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team:.

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/federal-disaster-resources/?entry=54067

New York’s application to the federal government to waive certain Medicaid and Medicare requirements was granted last night. The 1135 Waiver waives or modifies certain Medicaid and Medicare rules to “to ensure that health care providers that furnish such items and services in good faith, but are unable to comply with one or more of such requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, may be reimbursed for such items and services and exempted from sanctions for such noncompliance, absent any determination of fraud or abuse.” Click here for the full article.

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(3.26.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team.

As NYS continues to try to identify additional hospital bed capacity, Governor Cuomo announced that an additional 12,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This brings the total number of volunteers to more than 52,000. The Governor also announced that more than 8,600 mental health professionals, including individuals from other states, have signed up to provide free online mental health services; appointments can be scheduled using the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314. Click here for the full article.

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(3.25.20) ASAM COVID-19 Resources. As the leader in developing clinical guidelines and standards in addiction medicine, we take our responsibility very seriously.  We realize that many providers and programs are trying to mitigate circumstances related to COVID-19. We have convened the ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force. The Task Force includes a national panel of experts that are recognized in the field of addiction medicine. They are rapidly producing comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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(3.25.20) New York State Government Call for Health Professionals

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(3.25.20) ONDCP: COVID-19 Resources – We appreciate the effort, sacrifices, and concern many of you are facing in keeping yourselves, loved ones, and community members healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are a number of updated resources and guidance compiled by our Federal colleagues and the White House. Please continue to reach out to us should you need additional resources to help you respond to this crisis.

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(3.25.20) As many of you already know, SAMHSA has a number of resources to assist you in getting help, access treatment, and connect to a crisis counselor.  Please click here for the resources.

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(3.25.20) Some service providers have indicated concerns about people living in residential treatment centers being required to leave the facility for in-person HRA appointments. This is contrary to Coronavirus related health directives. If you have any such experiences or others needing attention, contact: Maribel Pagan – paganmar@hra.nyc.gov and Greer McKnight – mcknightg@hra.nyc.gov

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(3.25.20) Many mental health clinicians are shifting to telehealth to provide essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak in New York State. The attached guidance document provides telehealth tips for mental health clinicians working with suicidal clients, including recommendations on how to develop a clinical management plan and adaptations for conducting comprehensive suicide risk assessment and safety planning in a telehealth setting. It was developed by the Suicide Prevention Training, Implement, and Evaluation group at the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Click here for the guidance document.

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(3.25.20) Please see the attached FAQ document, which provides answers to many frequently asked questions received from OMH Supportive Housing providers. OMH continues to add guidance documents, including FAQs, to the OMH Guidance website: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/. Please check daily for updates.

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(3.25.20 Brown & Weinraub healthcare team update) Governor Cuomo’s focus has been on increasing treatment capacity and securing needed equipment, while continuing to plead for help from the Federal government. The Governor underscored his optimism that, although it’s going to get worse in the near term, we will emerge New York Strong.

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(3.25.20) The following information is sent on behalf of the Brown & Weinraub healthcare team.The attached letter from Dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner of Health to CMS, requests significant flexibility and waiver authority to address the COVID-19 virus emergency, under Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, EMTALA, and HIPAA programs and authority, pursuant to Section 1135 or the Social Security Act. The letter requests broad and sweeping flexibility and waiver authority from CMS that would impact virtually all health and behavioral health providers in the State. Among the many areas that NY is seeking flexibility and waiver authority from Federal requirements include: provider screening and enrollment, hospital requirements, HIPAA and EMTALA requirements, fear hearing timeframes and requirements, critical access hospital size, health homes, long-term care, behavioral health care requirements, hospice, telehealth, physician referrals, lab services, managed care, and additional flexibility to increase rates and revenues. We have been informed that the State can expect a response from CMS within approximately 5-days. Importantly, this requested flexibility and waiver authority has not yet been approved, however, we believe it may be helpful for all providers to review this letter, to help you plan for needed emergency actions in the coming days and weeks. We will send out another notice as soon as we hear which of these requests are approved by CMS.

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(3.24.20 Covid-19 Tips for Children, Elders and Vulnerable Populations )

Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/checklist.html 

People who are at higher risk for severe illness

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/people-at-higher-risk.html

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(3.24.20) Fair Chance for Housing: Rent Assistance. It is ASAP’s understanding that HRA is offering Cash Assistance special grants for people who are likely to miss rent due to reduced income. If your work schedule or the schedules of your employees have been reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you/they are unable to pay rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant to get benefits for an emergency like the coronavirus. For information and to apply, visit ACCESS HRA: https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/ 

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(3.24.20 Updated COVID-19 Medicaid Update Special Edition: Comprehensive Telehealth Guidance 3-23-2020)

From NYSDOH: Attached please find an updated version of the Medicaid Update Special Edition – Comprehensive Guidance Regarding Use of Telehealth including Telephonic Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency, which now includes clarifications for FQHC billing as well as billing for home care providers. This guidance was originally issued on March 21, 2020. The Department will be scheduling a webinar shortly to walk through this guidance and a set of FAQs for Medicaid telehealth are under development.

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(3.24.20) IMPORTANT Announcement from NYS DHSES on FEMA Public Assistance/Disaster Grant Funding by Brown & Weinraub Healthcare Team). The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be conducting a series of briefings regarding the federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may be available under the COVID-19 major disaster declaration. The briefing will provide state agencies and authorities, local governments and private non-profits guidance on the eligibility standards for being an applicant under a FEMA disaster grant and what types of activities are reimbursable under this current declaration.

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(3.24.20) Update from Brown & Weinraub healthcare team.  Last night, Governor Cuomo released Executive Order 202.10 in the continued effort to stem the spread of coronavirus in the State. This new EO has sweeping ramifications for those in the health care space. Click here to read the full article.

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(3.23.20) Essential OASAS Employee letter template, as defined in guidance to implement Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.

Essential OASAS patient letter template, as defined in guidance to implement Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.

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(3.23.20) Updated OASAS Questions & Answers

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(3.23.20) Update from Brown & Weinraub. While doing everything NYS can to respond to the COVID-19, and continuing to request needed federal help, Governor Cuomo is beginning to look beyond the crisis. Click here for the update.

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(3.23.20) NYS is in desperate need of space, goods, and services, including healthcare and behavioral health professionals who wish to offer their services in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please see the DOH website below to find out how you or your organization can contribute or volunteer: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid19-tracking-offers

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(3.23.20) Please click here for the to FAQ’s related to telepractice in OASAS settings.  Any questions can be directed to legal@oasas.ny.gov

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(3.22.20) DOH Medicaid Update: Comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance for Telehealth – Please see the  Medicaid Update Special Edition, issued yesterday by NYS DOH, featuring an updated comprehensive guidance regarding the use of telehealth, including telephonic services, during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

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(3.21.20) Direct links to newly issued OASAS guidance:

Regulatory Relief for Providers amid COVID-19 – http://oasas.ny.gov/regulatory-relief-providers-amid-covid-19

OASAS is temporarily waiving certain rules and regulations to ensure maximum flexibility and support for certified and/or funded providers. Issued 3/20/20.

Guidance for Admissions and Continued Stay in Community Based OASAS Inpatient and Residential Settings during COVID-19 diaster emergency – https://oasas.ny.gov/guidance-residential-providers-covid-19

Guidance for admissions and continued stay in community-based OASAS inpatient and residential settings during the COVID-19 disaster emergency. Issued 3/20/20.

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(3.20.20) GUIDANCE FOR OASAS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROVIDERS REGARDING WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS ORDERED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.6

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(3.20.20) Attached you will find resource documents developed by Helio Health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The information and processes in these documents may not be applicable to every program or provider, but we hope that you will find something useful to aid in your efforts during this uncertain time.

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(3.20.20) The latest OASAS Guidance for Telepractice Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). OASAS suggestions that prior to reading the FAQ sheet, those interested in this topic first review the current guidance documents that have been posted regarding the COVID-19 response and Telepractice in relation to this topic. Click here to download.

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(3.20.20) Guidance for Congregate Settings during the COVID-19 outbreak

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(3.20.20)  Update from our public policy consultants, Brown & Weinraub. EXECUTIVE ORDER EXPANDS WORKPLACE RESTRICTIONS. Late last evening, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order. Click here for the following provisions.

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(3.19.20) ASAP continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and the State’s response to the crisis. See below for today’s update, sent on behalf of our public policy consultants at Brown & Weinraub.

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(3.18.20) OTDA Guidance

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