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Old 05-18-2010, 03:45 PM
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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and E I Independent Contractors: By now you are all experiencing the decrease in Provider Rates imposed by the Early Intervention agencies. As you know, the NYS DOH Health Commissioner, Richard Daines, has imposed a reduction in Early Intervention Reimbursement rates effective 4/1/10 – and in so doing has avoided legislative involvement. Unbeknownst to many, the Early Intervention Programs are directing this reduction at only the EI Independent Contractors. Additionally, in February of this year, nearly 25 Early Intervention Programs requested a rate decrease of 20% to our rates – double what Commissioner Daines had imposed. In addition to the rate decrease to Early Intervention Providers, Early Intervention Programs received an increase in reimbursement as did Service Coordination effective 4/1. What does this communicate? That presently, the preferred setting for children with developmental disabilities aged 0 to 3 is not the naturalistic setting of the home environment where parents and extended family are trained to help their own children, but rather the confines of an Early Intervention Program in which parent contact is limited at best. Is this what Families as Partners is all about? As providers of service, we know that home-based care reflects evidence-based practice. Interestingly, Early Intervention knows this as well. Given that Commissioner Daines’ action has impacted many, a response is warranted from many, including providers and families. At present, it is imperative that Early Intervention Providers unite, discuss, and plan this response. At this time, to ensure that children 0-3 with developmental disabilities have the best chance to progress -- when neural plasticity is maximal, have the opportunity to achieve placement in typical classrooms, have the opportunity to receive treatment from seasoned professionals, I am requesting your involvement. WE NEED YOU! To join the United New York Early Intervention Providers, kindly forward a. your name (first and last), b. your domain (SP, OT, SW, PSYCH, Nutrition, Vision Therapists, PT, SI) and c. your email address to: UnitedNYEIProviders@yahoo.com . You will be added to the United NY EI Providers List Serve to facilitate our organization, discussions, and to begin planning. Committees are presently forming.Issues to be discussed include the following:1. Initiating Petitions2. Parent Letter Writing3. Provider Letter Writing4. Legislator Involvement5. Lobbying – Creation of a Lobby Day6. Sharing Amongst Providers of EI Provider Pay Rates offered by agencies7. Discussion of Union Development if Necessary8. Partnering all Domains9. What is an “interim rate change”10. Development of a United NY EI NewsletterFeel free to forward this email to supportive colleagues. I look forward to hearing from you and developing the United NY Early Intervention Providers.Sincerely,Leslie Grubler MA, CCC-SLP, TSHHUnited NY Early Intervention ProvidersUnitedNYEIProviders@yahoo.com
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:41 PM
Location: NY
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Hey Leslie, these are tough times, everyone in the public sector is getting hit because tax revenues are down due to layoffs in the private sector. Quit hitting up the taxpayers and find a way to reduce expenses within your own organization.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:36 PM
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Early Intervention Independent Contractors in New York State: Join the United New York Early Intervention Providers! Register on our Homepage at [url=http://UnitedNYEIProviders.weebly.com]Who Will Intervene For Early Intervention? - Home -- Providers[/url]
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:49 AM
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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Except perhaps for the fact you live/work in Westchester, this probably belongs in a different forum. Maybe the general New York State forum, maybe the Education, Politics, or Work/Employment forums.
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