Assistance for SKIP Families: Post Hurricane Update
November 7, 2012—SKIP’s offices in lower Manhattan suffered significant damage during the hurricane. After being unable to get to the office for more than a week, we are now fully operational once again and we remain committed to helping SKIP families through this disaster. Please call your case manager if you need assistance.
October 4, 2012--As part of the new Affordable Care Act, the federal government is mandating that all Fee-for-Service doctors (i.e., not in Medicaid managed care) and other practitioners enroll in Medicaid in order to prescribe drugs, supplies and other services for patients who have Medicaid. These doctors must enroll even if they don’t ordinarily take care of Medicaid patients.
July 31, 2012 -- Since we last reported to you about the People First Waiver, a lot more has happened but most of it has been behind the scenes. In fact, you’d need to have been a very close fly on the wall to know what’s going on. Here are the facts and what we’ve observed.
March 23, 2012—In our ongoing commitment to keeping the families and children we serve up to date on what’s happening with the 1115 Waiver, we are posting OPWDD answers to 1115 Waiver questions that were raised by agency directors and staff as part of a video conference on February 17th. We received them March 22.
OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke and Deputy Commissioner Jim Moran meet with families in a frank Q&A regarding concerns over proposed policy changes to Medicaid-funded services received by their children through OPWDD.
New York Times Reports on Impact, Status of New Definition of Autism
January 23, 2012—A New York Times article entitled "New autism definition may exclude many, study suggests," that appeared on Thursday, 1/19/12, reports, "Proposed changes in the defnition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and may make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests." For the full article, click here.
New Law Aims to Increase Organ Donors in New York
October 4, 2012--Thanks to 12-year-old Lauren Shields, there is a new law on the books that requires an organ donor question to appear on all driver's license applicataions. While New Yorkers account for nearly 9% of all children and adults on the organ donor list, it ranks nearly last among states in number of organ donors. The hope is the new law will increase the number of organ donors in New York. Lauren has advocated for the bill since undergoing heart transplant surgery in 2009.
A Look Inside SKIP
SKIP has the perfect gift for graduation, for birthdays, for any occasion: It's the SKIP Home Collection of pendants, earrings and charms finely crafted by the skilled artisans of Carelle. It's the perfect way to remind loved ones how home is always with them, providing support wherever they may go. Best of all, with this gift, you give twice because when you purchase one of these gorgeous pieces, all profits go to SKIP of New York and the hard work we are doing to help special needs kids live at home with their families.
July 11, 2011—Nearly 60 SKIP kids donated drawings for a special art exhibit at SKIP's recent Friendraiser. All art was offered for sale; 100% of the funds raised went directly to getting kids off SKIP’s waiting list.