Update on NY’s TBI Waiver

The New York State Department of Health is looking for a not-for-profit entity to serve as the state’s neurobehavioral resource project. At least $400,000 in state tax dollars is available for the first year of the upcoming contract. The current neurobehavioral project has been headed for the past 15 years by Timothy J. Feeney who, as this blog as reported, who misrepresented and continues to misrepresent his credentials.

Mr. Feeney’s contract expires December 30 of this year. The concern now for survivors of brain injury like myself, along with health care providers and family members, advocates and others, is what standards will the DOH set this time and will the DOH be sure to vet those who contract with the state to provide support and services to people who live with brain injuries.

While the Feeney era may appear to be over, it ain’t over until it’s over, as the delightful Yogi Berra says.

The following is the standards the NY DOH is seeking for the director of the neurobehavioral project. While there seems to be an increase in standards, it concerns me that the qualifications being sought are absent any real clinical background in brain injury. In other words, one would have hoped a neuropsychologist or neurologist would be sought. You can review the grant funding application request in its entirety at:

http://www.health.state.ny.us/funding/rfa/0908031109/0908031109.pdf

To be qualified to be the Project Director, the individual should possess substantial clinical experience with persons with a TBI and/or a neurobehavioral disorder in community based settings. Project Director must have one of the following credentials:
(A)
A license and current registration to practice medicine in New York, and board eligibility or board certification in psychiatry with three (3) years of experience providing behavioral services; or
(B)
A license and current registration to practice psychology in New York State, and three (3) years of experience in providing behavioral services or traumatic brain injury services; or
(C)
Master of Social Work, Doctorate or Master degree in Psychology, Registered Physical Therapist (licensed by NYS Education Department pursuant to Article 136 of the NYS Education Law), Mental Health Practitioner (licensed by NYS Education Department pursuant to Article 163 of the NYS Education Law), Registered Professional Nurse (licensed by the NYS Education Department pursuant to Article 139 of the NYS Education Law), Certified Special Education Teacher (certified by the NYS

Education Department), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (certified as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification), Licensed Speech Language Pathologist (licensed by the NYS Education Department pursuant to Article 159 of the NYS Education Law), or Registered Occupational Therapist (licensed by the NYS Education Department pursuant to Article 156 of the NYS Education Law), and a minimum five (5) years of experience providing neurobehavioral services.

If you have suggestions or comments or concerns, please let this blog know, and don’t hesitate to contact:

Charlotte Mason

NYS Department of Health Office of Long Term Care Division of Home and Community-Based Services Bureau of Medicaid Waivers

99 Washington Avenue, Suite 826

Albany, New York 12210

Attn: Brenda Rossman
E-Mail: tbi@health.state.ny.us

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