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CCPA Public Policy Briefing - Governor's Executive Order and Impact on Community Providers

July 1, 2009
To: CCPA Members
From: Terry Edelstein, President/CEO
Re: CCPA Public Policy Briefing - Governor's Executive Order and Impact on Community Providers


IMPACT OF GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Rell's June 30 Executive Order provides interim funding for most community provider accounts for one month with a one percent cut. This includes the DMHAS Employment Opportunities line that is funded with a 1% cut. The DMHAS SA and MH grant accounts are cut by 1.35% and 1% respectively. DMHAS GABHP funding is actually increased, implying an assumed capacity increase.

The DDS line items show increases, presumably due to capacity increases and annualization.

Several DCF accounts, most notably the residential accounts, have greater percentage cuts in July than the 1% cut as do several CSSD JJ accounts.

DSS and BESB Voc Rehab and DSS Independent Living Centers don't have allotments for July.

Note: These allotments are intended to provide interim funding. CCPA will be pushing to make sure that final July payments are adjusted to reflect 100% of funding not 99% (or less).

Follow this link to the full allotment plan issued by Governor Rell: FY2010 July Allotment

Follow this link for a CCPA summary of selected line items: FY09 End Of Year One Time Spending


CCPA LETTER TO GOVERNOR RELL URGING FULL FUNDING

CCPA has written to Governor Rell urging her to fund community providers at 100% of FY09 funding rather than at 99%. Follow this link to letter to Governor: Gov Rell 07-01-09 Interim Funding for Community Providers


GOVERNOR VETOES DEMOCRATIC BUDGET BILL

Governor Rell vetoed the Democratic budget bill just before noon today, setting the stage for prolonged negotiations. The Democrats had restored funding for community providers and for Medicaid rates among other funding shifts.


DCF EMAIL ABOUT ALLOTMENTS

Karl Kemper, Chief of Program Operations sent CCPA the following memo early this morning:

Our fiscal staff need a bit more time to complete their analysis of the allotment we received yesterday for July. The initial impression was that funding was generally sufficient. There are very few unique circumstances. As soon as we are satisfied that we completely understand the underlying logic associated with each line item we will get a message out to each provider.

I expect that you will start receiving calls today. If you would let your members know that we will make more detailed information available as soon as we can, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.


DDS TO POST ANALYSIS ON WEBSITE

DDS will be posting its analysis of the July allotment on the agency website later this afternoon. According to DDS Commissioner Peter O'Meara, it is possible that this allotment does not include funding for school grads.


CCPA PRESS RELEASE AND MEDIA COVERAGE ON CHANNEL 30 TONIGHT

CCPA issued the following press release earlier today. The Waterbury Republican American is following the story and Channel 30 will be filming at the CCPA Office and at Gilead Community Services for broadcast later today.

As State Begins New Fiscal Year Without a Budget, Connecticut's Community Providers Face Program Cuts

With the beginning of a new fiscal year and legislative leaders and the Rell Administration still engaged in budget negotiations, Connecticut's community provider organizations are faced with the stark reality of cutting back on services.

Without a budget in place, hundreds of community provider organizations statewide that rely on state contracts for the bulk of their funding will lack adequate resources to continue to provide programs for thousands of Connecticut residents with mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.

While Governor Rell's June 30 Executive Order declared most human services as essential services, some vocational rehabilitation services were not included and the July funding allotment cuts most of these services by 1%. Some were cut by even greater percentages, particularly in the DCF budget. A one percent cut to programs that support individuals with disabilities becomes a devastating cut in light of the 0% increase in FY09 which was itself the equivalent of a cut.

"Organizations that provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders, among other significant challenges must meet 100% of payroll obligations, not 99%. They must pay 100% of their mortgage and rent obligations, not 99%. They must pay 100% of their utility bills, not 99%," said Terry Edelstein, president and CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association

According to Edelstein, 'The 1% cut hits these providers at a time of critical need. Shortchanging those very services that are a cost-effective solution to the state's financial crisis puts vulnerable individuals at risk."

Community providers can and should figure prominently in the development of a long-term solution to managing the state budget. By caring for people in need, in their communities, community providers reduce costly emergency room visits, long term hospital stays and the need for more expensive services.


HEALTHCARE REFORM UPDATE

CCPA has been very involved in advocating for healthcare reform legislation this session. The Governor has received the two major healthcare reform bills, the Healthcare Partnership and SustiNet. We are expecting that she will either sign, veto, or take no action letting the bills become law within the next week. Earlier this week the Community Health Center in New London hosted a press conference including most of the Southeastern Connecticut legislative delegation, community provider organizations, healthcare advocates, healthcare workers and other supporters.

Upcoming Healthcare Rallies / Events:

Tuesday, July 7th at 3 p.m.: Healthcare Rally on the North Steps of the Capitol (Rain Location: Hall of the Flags) Turnout for this event is very important as the Governor may have acted by July 7th (her deadline to sign or veto is July 8th).

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