COVID-19 Resources

Good Afternoon,

The Department for Medicaid Services wants to share more resources with our 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services waiver stakeholders as we all deal with the COVID-19 state of emergency. Thanks to our partners at the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for compiling this list. We hope you find the following information helpful.

Websites

Kentucky COVID-19 Website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute – a number of helpful resource links: https://hdi.uky.edu/covid-19-information
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Toolkit for DSPs https://nadsp.org/covid-19resources/?mc_cid=6ec3fb07e0&mc_eid=155887fec3
NADSP Onboarding DSPs during COVID-19 Crisis https://nadsp.org/onboarding-in-crisis/?mc_cid=ca0ee4dd3a&mc_eid=a1abfd9dc4
Social Security Administration (SSA) has made significant changes to its operations and policies https://ncler.acl.gov/getattachment/Resources/SSA-Response-to-COVID-19.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9b126ccd-c2e4-485f-a92d-fe6e5e85d954
Coping with Stress during infectious disease outbreaks https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma14-4885.pdf
Managing Anxiety and Stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources and Information https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus
Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf
Adaptive physical activity videos https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=exercise+for+intellectual+disability
Webinars

Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus – March 27 – 1PM ET

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4218696779159973132?mc_cid=ca0ee4dd3a&mc_eid=a1abfd9dc4

Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 March 27 – 2PM

Streaming: https://www.facebook.com/CDCClinicianOutreachAndCommunicationActivity/?deliveryName=USCDC_1052%20DM23404

Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19 Recorded Webinar

Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19

Dr. Jay Butler discusses the current state of the outbreak, what CDC is doing to respond, and how organizations and the public can help. Closed captioning is available in a separate browser window here: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=ERCB

Posted by CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Remember, you can find the latest waiver-related COVID-19 information at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dms/dca/Pages/default.aspx. COVID-19 information for all of Kentucky Medicaid can be found at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dms/Pages/cv.aspx.

If you have waiver-related questions or concerns, please email the 1915(c) Waiver Help Desk at 1915cWaiverHelpDesk@ky.gov.

New Medicaid Update

Here is the latest update straight from DMS regarding Medicaid Services!

Good Afternoon,

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has several updates for 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver stakeholders this afternoon. 

1. Participant Rights: DMS is reminding stakeholders of their rights when they have a disagreement or complaint with DMS or their 1915(c) HCBS waiver services. Please see the following letters for more information: 

Reconsiderations, Appeals and Grievances for Participants

Reconsiderations, Appeals and Grievances for Providers

2. Supports for Community Living (SCL) Personal Assistance: DMS has an important message for stakeholders who recently submitted public comments expressing concern about Personal Assistance in the proposed updates to the SCL waiver. Please see the following letter for details: 

Supports for Community Living: Proposed Personal Assistance Definition Letter

3. The Medicaid Waiver Review: A new edition of “The Medicaid Waiver Review” newsletter is now available. There have been some exciting updates to the 1915(c) waiver programs in the final quarter of 2019. 

Thank you, as always, for your interest in Kentucky’s 1915(c) HCBS waiver programs. Please keep an eye on your email and the DMS Division of Community of Alternatives website for more exciting updates in 2020. 

DMS Update

Good morning,

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is notifying stakeholders of an extension of the current formal public comment period. Please see the Public Comment Notice below for details.

Public Comment Notice

DMS thanks stakeholders for the comments received to date and looks forward to hearing from more of you soon.

Medicaid Update

Good Morning,

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has an update for 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver stakeholders regarding patient liability. Please see the Patient Liability Participant Letter and the Patient Liability Provider Letter for more information.

 

If you have questions or comments about patient liability, please email  medicaidpubliccomment@ky.gov