Governor Malloy: Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor

 

Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor

Terry Edelstein

 

The partnership of state agencies and private providers has always been, and continues to be, integral for the delivery of services to many of our residents who require assistance in their lives.   In recognition of this important relationship, and in support of the state's safety net, Governor Malloy established the position of Nonprofit Liaison.  The Governor's Nonprofit Liaison interacts and communicates directly with the nonprofit community-based health and human services providers and advises the Governor with regard to policy reforms and other measures that will benefit this partnership.  The Nonprofit Liaison coordinates efforts to implement these policy reforms.

Governor Malloy appointed Terry Edelstein to serve as Nonprofit Liaison in August 2012.

In addition to her responsibilities in this role, Terry serves as co-chair of the Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, is a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Health Care Cabinet, is a member of the Governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Legislature's CT Kids Report Card project.  In June 2014 Governor Malloy appointed Terry to serve on his Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Working Group.  Terry also serves on the Long Term Recovery Committee of the State’s Disaster Recovery System.  

Prior to her appointment, she served as the President/CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Terry.Edelstein@ct.gov

860-524-7385 
Terry Edelstein, Governor's Nonprofit Liaison
Governor's Office
Connecticut State Capitol, Room 412
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 

 

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MAILING LIST 

To be included on the Nonprofit Liaison's mailing list, send an e-mail to Amy Tibor at Amy.Tibor@ct.gov or call Amy at 860-418-6287.

 

  • Nonprofit Liaison mailing list – receive occasional alerts, news briefings and updates
  • The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services mailing list – receive news about the work of the Cabinet including meeting announcements and materials

 

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BREAKING NEWS

 

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Brittany Kaplan, Policy Intern, and Terry Edelstein, Nonprofit Liaison, pictured with Governor Dannel P. Malloy during a ceremonial bill signing to celebrate Public Act 14-188, which promotes increased employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 CT DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING TO OPEN SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) PROGRAM AND STATE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RAP) WAITING LISTS

 

The State Of Connecticut Department Of Housing and its contractor J. D’amelia & Associates will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and State Rental Assistance Program (RAP) waiting lists statewide on August 4, 2014.  Pre-applications will be accepted by mail and must be postmarked between the dates of August 4, 2014 and August 18, 2014.   Online applications will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 2014. Filling out the pre-application form will put a household in a lottery for possible inclusion on the waiting lists for both programs.  Five Thousand (5,000) applications will be chosen by lottery for the Section 8 waiting list. Three Thousand (3,000) applications will be chosen for RAP.

 

The pre-application form and notice announcing the opening of the Section 8 HCV Program and Rental Assistance Program waiting lists will appear in area newspapers for three consecutive days starting August 4, 2014. Pre-applications will also be available at the Connecticut Department of Housing Website, www.ct.gov/doh

 

 

 

 

JULY 25 BOND COMMISSION AGENDA SUPPORTS NONPROFIT COLLABORATION, EFFICIENCY

 

July 25, 2014 (Press Release): Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State Bond Commission approved the authorization of nearly $15 million in funding for nonprofit organizations. 

“I am pleased that my administration has been able to take positive steps to support nonprofit providers, which serve all citizens of Connecticut and play a substantial role in maintaining our safety net during challenging times,” said Governor Malloy. “Partnering with our nonprofit organizations is a smart fiscal investment to ensure that these agencies can continue to provide services while doing so in an efficient, cost-effective way.”

 

Thirty two nonprofit organizations are scheduled to receive funding, including cultural and historic organizations and organizations providing healthcare and human services.

 

Six nonprofit organizations in collaboration with nine other agencies were awarded funding through the Office of Policy and Management’s Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program, which provides funds for one-time infrastructure costs to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the agencies.  Through this collaborative venture, a total of 15 organizations are slated to receive funding.

  

In addition, the State Bond Commission authorized awards to nonprofit organizations funded through the state Department of Social Services (DSS), the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state Department of Public Health (DPH) and other state agency bond pools.

 A full list of the nonprofit organizations funded during the most recent Bond Commission meeting can be found here.

 

 

 

 

NEXT STEPS FOR THE NONPROFIT GRANT PROGRAM – A RECAP

 

Governor Malloy’s FY 15 legislative package included an additional $30 million in bond funding available for nonprofit health and human service providers, creating a total grant amount of $50 million. The legislature supported this additional funding. The enabling legislation allows the OPM Secretary to allocate up to $20 million of FY15 funding to applications received in response to the FY14 round of Nonprofit Grant Program funding. 

 

Funding information will be announced after the State Bond Commission authorizes the allotment. The next State Bond Commission meeting is scheduled for September 26, 2014.

 

Below is the revised statutory language - underlined words indicate added language, brackets indicate deleted language.

 

PA 14-98 AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS… (Section 87)

 

For the Office of Policy and Management: Grants-in-aid to private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that receive funds from the state to provide direct health or human services to state agency clients, for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions and new construction, including health, safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and energy conservation improvements, information technology systems, technology for independence, [and] purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property, not exceeding [$ 20,000,000] $50,000,000, $20,000,000 of which may be allocated to project applications received in response to the funding for this purpose provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 13 of public act 13-239

 

The full Public Act can be viewed here. Sections 76, 87, and 92 pertain to the Nonprofit Grant Program.

 

Find updates and further information about the Nonprofit Grant Program here.

 

Also – make sure that your organization is signed up to receive daily procurement notices from the CT Department of Administrative Services.  This is the best way to keep apprised of state funding opportunities, including the Nonprofit Grant Program. 

 

Department of Administrative Services

·         Up to date information about pending RFPs

 

Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch provides email alerts as well:

·         Judicial RFPs

 

 

 

 

GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PROGRAM TO HELP SHORELINE HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR FUTURE SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING

 

July 28, 2014 (Press Release): Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that shoreline homeowners and businesses who are subject to coastal flooding can now apply for assistance under a new state low-interest loan program designed to help those residents elevate their homes and businesses from future severe weather and flooding.

 

The program – “Shore Up CT” – provides financing for property owners in coastal municipalities located in Flood Zones VE and AE, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Formerly known as the “Shoreline Resiliency Fund,” the program was created by Governor Malloy with particular focus on assisting residents who do not qualify for receiving federal disaster aid and would have to pay significant out-of-pocket expenses for the preventative upgrades.

 

Eligible properties include:

 

  • Primary and secondary single family homes or 1-4 unit owner-occupied rentals. Single-family homeowners must live in the property at least 14 days per year.
  • Businesses with fewer than 100 employees and in good standing with all state agencies.
  • Subject to coastal flooding and located in either Zone VE or Zone AE in coastline communities as defined by FEMA and NFIP.
  • These coastline municipalities are: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Groton, and Stonington.
  • Must be up-to-date with all local, state, and federal taxes.

 

“Shore Up CT” is managed by the Housing Development Fund and funded by the Connecticut Department of Housing.  To date, it has received $2 million in state bonding for start-up costs and an initial $3 million in bonding for the program.  Earlier this year, the state legislature approved legislation authorizing up to $25 million in bonding for the program.

 

Residents interested in applying for the loan program can now visit www.shoreupct.org and begin the process of submitting an application over the internet.  Additional information about the program can also be found on that website.

 

 

 

 

2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW

Legislative Highlights

PA 14-98              AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS Nonprofit Grant Program (sections 76, 87, 92)

PA 14-217            AN ACT IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS OF THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2015.False Claims Act (sections 1-18, 257)

PA 14-162            AN ACT CONCERNING PROVIDER AUDITS UNDER THE MEDICAID PROGRAM

PA 14-159            AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYERS AND HOME CARE WORKERS
 (on site “companionship services” payment provisions)

PA 14-128            AN ACT CREATING PARITY BETWEEN PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS AND OTHER EMPLOYER-PROVIDED BENEFITS

(“year” means any 365 day period used by an employer to calculate employee benefits)

 

Link to healthcare summary developed by Anne Foley, Under Secretary, OPM:
http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/healthcarereform_2014_session.pdf  

 

Link to Long Term Supports and Services Legislation Passed in the 2014 Session, developed by David J Guttchen, OPM
http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/LTC_Legislation_2014_Session.pdf

 

Link to Legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis FY15 budget documents:    http://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa/add-budinfo15.asp See IV. Legislative Budget (PA 14-47 as amended by HB 5597)

 

 

 

 

STATE HEALTHCARE INNOVATION (SIM) PLAN APPLICATION SUBMITTED

 

The State of Connecticut submitted an application to the federal government on July 19, 2014 seeking funding for the State’s Healthcare Innovation (SIM) Plan

 

The Office of the Nonprofit Liaison submitted a letter of support noting that “As a participant in the SIM process, I convened a several focus groups for nonprofit healthcare providers and their trade association representatives to provide information about the SIM development process, to garner input about community-based provider participation in the envisioned healthcare system and to solicit comment about the workforce sections of the state’s application.

 

“Subsequent to those meetings, I provided recommendations to the Workforce Taskforce about ways to enhance and maximize access to services through use of the nonprofit healthcare workforce.

 

“An adequate, trained workforce is key to providing healthcare.  These workers are responsible for the health and welfare of vulnerable people who often have difficulty accessing the healthcare system on their own.  Given adequate supports, individuals can enter the healthcare system earlier and at less cost than if their access to service is delayed, making the most efficient use of community-based resources while assuring that the broader population has access to healthcare.  It is important to support workforce retention and skill acquisition and to begin career ladders early in the educational process.”

 

 

 

 

GOV. MALLOY LAUNCHES DATA.CT.GOV TO GIVE PUBLIC UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA

 

Launched in the spring, the CT OPEN Data Portal is Connecticut’s new open data portal that allows widespread amounts of raw government data to be collected, placed on the internet, and shared with the public in an effort to increase government efficiency and transparency. The website can be visited at Data.CT.gov.

Data.CT.gov includes lists, tables, charts, graphs or other non-narrative forms of data that is generally statistical or factual. This data is collected by executive branch agencies and uploaded to the portal. The site is continuously evolving and data sets will continue to be added and updated.

The public is also encouraged to request data sets that are not yet listed on the portal. Requests can be submitted here.

 The Governor has designated Tyler Kleykamp as Chief Data Officer.  

The Governor has named Andrea Barton Reeves, President and CEO of HARC, Inc., as well as others, to serve as a member of the Open Data Advisory Panel. More information can be found here.

 

 

 

 

2014 GOVERNOR’S CABINET ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES   

 

The 2014 Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services has begun to formulate this year’s recommendations. For 2014, the Cabinet has convened three work groups and a number of subcommittees.

 

 

Cabinet and work group meetings are open to the public.  Sign up to be sure that you receive updates and meeting notices. To be included on notifications for the Cabinet and/or work group meetings and mailings contact Amy Tibor at Amy.Tibor@ct.gov     

 

The full Cabinet website, including the 2013 Report to the Governor and upcoming meeting dates can be viewed here

 

 2014 Cabinet Meeting Schedule

Date

Time

Location

Friday, 9/12/14

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Legislative Office Bldg. - Room 1B

Thursday, 10/30/14

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Legislative Office Bldg. - Room 1B

 

 

 

 

OPM UPDATES WEBSITE FOR “PURCHASE OF SERVICE” CONTRACTING

 

Valerie Clark, Fiscal Administrative Manager, OPM Office of Finance has been making some helpful changes to the OPM Office of Finance website, including an updated Purchase of Service (POS) webpage, which includes information on the new Uniform Chart of Accounts, as well as a new POS Efficiency Report webpage, including the report and POS agency responses.

 

 

 

 

INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICE IMPROVEMENT WORKING GROUP 

 

Governor Malloy has established a Working Group on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Service Improvement, to which I have been appointed.

 

Governor Malloy has named Jonathan Slifka, the Governor’s Liaison to the Disability Community, and Tom Fiorentino, a parent of a member of the IDD community, as co-chairs.

 

The group is asked to issue a report with its findings by December 15, 2014 that will:

 

  • Identify and highlight best practices relating to delivery of services to the IDD community, as well as best practices in communication with this community and accountability for those services
  • Identify challenges in the handling of wait lists for services and housing placements, and make recommendations to reduce the length of time individuals spend on wait lists
  • Consider ways for the state to use Medicaid Dollars more flexibly and efficiently to better meet the changing needs of the IDD community
  • Consider ways for the state to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities plan and prepare for the transition into adulthood, including but not limited to, transitions related to education, housing, and employment.

More information on the Working Group, including meeting dates and materials, can be found here.

 

 

 

 

M.O.R.E. COMMISSION: REGIONAL HUMAN SERVICE COORDINATING COUNCILS  

 

Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 17a-760, updated in 2013, establishes 9 regional human service coordinating councils. Membership on the regional human services coordinating councils shall include the Commissioners of Developmental Services, Social Services, Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Correction, Education and Public Health, or said commissioners’ designees, and the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, or the executive director’s designee. Additional membership shall be determined at the discretion of the executive director of each regional council of governments. Such membership may include, but not be limited to: municipal elected officials, workforce development boards, nonprofit agencies, and family advocacy groups.

 

Each regional human services coordinating council established under this section will ensure that regional plans and activities are coordinated with the human service needs of each region, and develop approaches to improve service delivery and achieve cost savings in the region.

 

Now is the time for nonprofit organizations to contact their local planning regions to become involved in the process.

 

The legislation can be read here and a map of the 9 OPM designated planning regions can be viewed here.

 

 

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MEETING WITH YOU

 

I welcome the opportunity to meet with your associations and your boards of directors. You can contact me at Terry.Edelstein@ct.gov to arrange a meeting.

 

 

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NONPROFIT LIAISON FOCUS AREAS

 

Work Group on State Licensing:  Working with State health care licensing agencies, nonprofit provider representatives and the state's information technology system to develop single licensing application and an online posting resource and consolidated licensing policies and procedures. More information can be found here.
 
Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services:  Developing a report for the Governor for fall 2014 based on the recommendations of the Cabinet Work Groups

 

  • Work Group on Nonprofit Employment Data
  • Work Group on Business Practice
  • Work Group on Contract Procurement and Administration


Bonding for nonprofit health and human services providers:  Implementing the Governor’s major bond allocation and modifying current bonding policies and procedures 

 

 

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    ·         Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program FY 2014