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IMPORTANT!! TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Hello all,
As some of you may know, significant budget cuts in the state of Montana are threatening Early Intervention services.  Unless we act now, Montana will become the first and only state in the nation without Early Intervention.  The opportunity for public comment will expire by the end of this week so we need to act now.  Below you will find a link to sign a petition that will send a message to the governor about our concerns.  It does not ask for a Montana address, so it can be signed by people outside of the state.   This link says that we still need 6,000 signatures for the petition to go to the governor.  Please share the link with anyone/everyone who would be willing to help.

If you are interested in participating in other advocacy efforts, please let me know.

Thanks for being an advocate for Montana's most vulnerable citizens!  


Thanks so much!

This is a quick and easy way to let our Senators know how important OT is!

AOTA on Healthcare Bill

The U.S. Senate is again poised to vote on a health care bill. The vote has to happen by September 30th, and might happen early next week. Like this year’s earlier bills, the Graham-Cassidy bill caps Medicaid and allows states to drop rehabilitation and habilitation coverage requirements for people who buy their own insurance.

If you would be willing to write your senator about Graham-Cassidy, AOTA has drafted a short template letter that you can e-mail to your senator’s district office. You can tailor it with information about yourself and your association. Go to AOTA’s legislative action center at www.aota.org/takeaction and input your zip code to find contact information for your senators, including district office information. This letter is similar to the one we asked you to send in June, because our concerns remain the same.

Last night we had an emergency call for AOTA’s Health Care Reform Ad Hoc and state association leaders. The call was recorded for those who weren’t able to dial in, and I will send information on how to listen to the recording as soon as it’s available.  

There is a summary of Graham-Cassidy on the OT Connections Health Care Reform blog: http://otconnections.aota.org/aota_blogs/b/healthcarereform/archive/2017/09/20/health-care-still-in-flux.aspx.

State OT leaders can influence the health care debate in the days leading up to the Graham-Cassidy vote!

Thank you,

Laura  

Laura Broyles Hooper

Manager, Health Policy

State Affairs Group

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

4720 Montgomery Lane

Bethesda, MD  20814

 

The following is from a post by OT student Will Harvey, please spread the word and call your reps!

For anyone who is not aware, Montana State legislature just released proposed budget cuts and it is looking very, very bleak to put it mildly. Here are some of the programs to be reduced or eliminated entirely:

Eliminate Part C Early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities
Transition programs for children with developmental disabilities
Eliminates a program designed for mobility training for children with low vision
Eliminates funding for second chance housing for teen mothers
Eliminates funding for forensic investigation for children who may be subject to abuse or neglect
Eliminates healthcare support for foster children
Eliminates funding for youth mentorship programs
Eliminates funding for domestic violence shelters
Eliminates financial stipends for foster care providers to purchase diapers
Eliminates funding for education on shaken baby syndrome (a disorder that is (100% preventable)
Eliminates the family education and support program through DDP
Terminates diagnosis program for running ADOS tests
Eliminates grants that fund education and other resources through Parents Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) including informational library and Family Support Services Information Network (FSSIN)

You can call the governor's office at 444-3111.
They can also direct you to your county reps who are also involved in this decision.
Please make some calls and explain why these programs matter, who they will hurt, and how it will impact our ability to do our jobs. I read through the budget form so I did all the hard work to give you some talking points. Please act. There really is not a lot of time to delay and if these programs are cut, lots of people will be impacted.

Time to advocate!

Budget proposal for Health and Human Services: http://balancedbudget.mt.gov/Portals/186/DPHHS.pdf

Other article for more info: http://helenair.com/…/article_8c5900d9-1063-56b2-97d4-aeea2…

 

Hello Everyone,
I'm emailing to inform you of a very concerning proposed change to the evaluation team for Medicaid autism evaluations. DPHHS is proposing to eliminate STs, PTs, and OTs from comprehensive evaluation teams. This information is contained in the attached legal notice dated 6/2/17. I just recently became aware of this proposed change. I am concerned about this proposed change because I believe that a transdisciplinary team (including ST, OT and/or PT) using the ADOS provides the most comprehensive, reliable, and accurate method for diagnosing whether children and adolescents have ASD and for identifying individuals' needs and abilities/skills.

We need to take action immediately! We need to submit comments to the individuals listed below by June 28, 2017.  (So sorry for the late notice!)

ADOS evaluation coordinators have provided some "talking points" that may offer a starting place to consider what feedback you'd like to provide.  These "talking points" are attached. Please use any of these talking points that are helpful and also generate comments that reflect your own specific concerns. If you have questions about the proposed change or talking points, feel free to call (690-3523) or email me.  Feel free to forward this email to any/all OTs that would be willing to send emails/letters, as well.

Comments can be submitted to:

  1.  Mary Eve Kulawik, Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Coordinator; (406) 444-2584; mkulawik@mt.govmkulawik@mt.gov>
  2.  Sheila Hogan, Director, DPHHS; (406) 444-5623; sheilahogan@mt.govsheilahogan@mt.gov>; or mailed to - Director's Office, PO Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210
  3.  Marie Matthews, Medicaid & Health Services Branch Manager; (406) 444-2754; mmatthews@mt.govmmatthews@mt.gov>
  4.  Novelene Martin, Bureau Chief, Developmental Disabilities Program; (406) 444-5662; nomartin@mt.govnomartin@mt.gov

 

STATE REGULATORY UPDATE

Montana (MT) MT 6968 2016

AGENCY: Department of Labor and Industry/Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

TITLE: Occupational Therapy Application and Licensure

PROPOSED: 08/22/2016

ADOPTED: 12/12/2016

SUMMARY: Amends rules pertaining to the definitions, fees, and continuing education in the field of occupational therapy.

AGENCY CONTACT: Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, 301 S Park Ave, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513, fax 406-841-2305, dlibsdotp@mt.gov

CITATION: ARM 24.165.302, .401, .2101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ Montana's 2017 Legislative Sessionofficially kicked off on Monday, January 2ndand we already need your help. Many of the programs that individuals with disabilities all across the state of Montana rely on are facing severe and drastic budget cuts to begin the session. The legislature is looking at passing a 5% across-the-board cut, plus allowing Governor Bullock to make addition budget cuts in the current biennium throughHouse Bill 3.

Some of these cuts include:
  • Eliminating the Orientation and Mobility Instruction contract with Montana Independent Living Project, a cut of $87,705;
  • Reducing extended employment benefits, a cut of $344,927;
  • Reducing independent living funding by 25.9%, a cut of $110,103;
  • Reducing Disability Services Waiver Case Plans, a cut of $1,100,000;
  • Reducing the durable medical equipment provider rate, a cut of $3,109,965;
  • Reducing Medicaid Community First Choice Services and provider rates, a cut of $4,709,154; and
  • Many other cuts that affect people with all types of disabilities from developmental disabilities to physical and mental health disabilities.

These are just some of the many cuts contained in the 5% reduction plan. DPHHS could stand to lose another 3.5% of its budget ifHouse Bill 3is passed. Many of these cuts could be devastating for individuals with disabilities as well as older adults.

House Bill 3has beenscheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. before a joint session of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.

We need your helpin contacting members of Gov. Bullock's office, DPHHS, and the Legislature to try to hold off or at least minimize these cuts. We have pre-written a message for you butplease personalize your messageto let the Governor, Legislators, and DPHHS staff know how reductions in funding for these vital programs may affect you.”

Copyright © 2016 Brain Injury Alliance of Montana, All rights reserved.

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!

I want to personally thank my friend and colleague Stephanie Perdue-Wetmore, PhD, PT for reviewing and editing this newsletter!

“ Montana's 2017 Legislative Sessionofficially kicked off on Monday, January 2ndand we already need your help. Many of the programs that individuals with disabilities all across the state of Montana rely on are facing severe and drastic budget cuts to begin the session. The legislature is looking at passing a 5% across-the-board cut, plus allowing Governor Bullock to make addition budget cuts in the current biennium throughHouse Bill 3.

Some of these cuts include:

  • Eliminating the Orientation and Mobility Instruction contract with Montana Independent Living Project, a cut of $87,705;
  • Reducing extended employment benefits, a cut of $344,927;
  • Reducing independent living funding by 25.9%, a cut of $110,103;
  • Reducing Disability Services Waiver Case Plans, a cut of $1,100,000;
  • Reducing the durable medical equipment provider rate, a cut of $3,109,965;
  • Reducing Medicaid Community First Choice Services and provider rates, a cut of $4,709,154; and
  • Many other cuts that affect people with all types of disabilities from developmental disabilities to physical and mental health disabilities.

These are just some of the many cuts contained in the 5% reduction plan. DPHHS could stand to lose another 3.5% of its budget ifHouse Bill 3is passed. Many of these cuts could be devastating for individuals with disabilities as well as older adults.

House Bill 3has beenscheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. before a joint session of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.

We need your helpin contacting members of Gov. Bullock's office, DPHHS, and the Legislature to try to hold off or at least minimize these cuts. We have pre-written a message for you butplease personalize your messageto let the Governor, Legislators, and DPHHS staff know how reductions in funding for these vital programs may affect you.”

Copyright © 2016 Brain Injury Alliance of Montana, All rights reserved.

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