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Other summer Camp Guide 2012Please share our Camp Guides as well-thanks!! S.

Service Dogs and Emotional Support DogsNew York Area Assistance Dogs is a newly formed  coalition of people who use service dogs, emotional support dogs in housing and those who support them. Our membership consists persons who use task traned service dogs or emotional support dogs or are considering doing so, family members, and health care providers.Our purpose is education and advocacy to the public, elected officials, other civil rights advocacy groups, disabled veterans and others with disabilities, health care providers and those empowered to enforce the civil rights of those persons who use task trained service dogs and emotional support dogs whether program provided, independently trained or owner trained.Call 212-677-4383 if you would like to join us (free) or if you need assistance relating to service or emotional support dogs (free).Cissy Stamm

NYC Adaptive Climbing ClinicI am coordinating the first ever NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic at the one of the largest climbing facilities in the East Coast, Brooklyn Boulders. Participation is open to all physical disabilities. Registration is mandatory for participants and volunteers. I've had a great response from my disabled community by just putting it on my facebook page and already have 12 people signed up. You can find out more  and register here: I'm really excited to do this for my fellow disabled community members out there. I hope clinics like these are the first of many. Help me spread the word please!Kareemah Batts

Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer: SHARE helps those affected by breast or ovarian cancer to get the information and support they need to make informed choices about their medical care. Call 1-866-891-2392 for a free hotline. Or click here for more information.

Extra Help for Prescription Medication:The high cost of prescription medication can be a burden on mothers (or anyone) who have limited income and resources. But there is Extra Help available through Social Security that could pay part of her monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. That Extra Help is worth an average of almost $4,000 a year. Click here for more information.

The Bureau of Cultural Competence Provides Free TrainingThe Bureau of Cultural Competence (BCC) is scheduling training for this upcoming year. The Cultural Competence training has been modified and is accompanied with a workbook that can be used for ongoing cultural competence development.  The training is FREE and can be provided to all Office of Mental Health (OMH) facilities, licensed agencies, providers, and programs throughout New York State. The training can also be tailored to meet the needs of the particular programs.For information or if you would like to recommend webinar topics for the upcoming year, email Hextor Pabon at: mailto:hextor.pabon@omh.ny.govor (518) 408-2059 The Access Project is CIDNY’s volunteer project to create a database of accessible bars, restaurants, and coffee shops in NYC available online. This useful resource helps NYers WDs & their friends who want to socialize fins an accessible venue. The more the list grows, the better it gets. Our information gives you a “quick check" on places that will be welcoming. In addition, we hope it will make restaurateurs aware of people with disabilities as patrons--encouraging establishments to become more accessible.  Together we can help open doors and know ahead of time if our destination is accessible.  Bianca Neumann 646-747-1788 or
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Construction of Ground-Breaking Veterans Residence BeginsThe Bridge, a nonprofit agency that provides housing and mental health services throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, has begun the development of a new 17 unit building in the South Bronx for veterans who are struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness. The permanent housing residence, Bridge Gardens, will have on-site services through funding from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene under the NY/NY III program.  Bridge Gardens is the first of two planned residences for veterans being developed by the Bridge. Construction is expected to be completed by the early spring 2013.   

50 States file Amicus Supporting Medicaid Expansion

IRS Offers Tax Tips in ASLNeed some tax tips? Have questions about your tax return? The IRS YouTube channel features videos produced by the IRS on various tax administration topics in American Sign Language (ASL).

HUD & National Fair Housing Alliance Launch Campaign to Fight Housing DiscriminationThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) have launched a new series of radio and print public service advertisements. The advertisements teach people about discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status and disability. The campaign includes print ads in English, Spanish and Chinese.This information was recently added to To learn more visit Reform Law Provides Coverage for Nearly 50,000 Americans with Pre-Existing ConditionsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the new health care law’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is providing insurance to nearly 50,000 people with high-risk pre-existing conditions nationwide. A new report shows how PCIP is helping people with pre-existing conditions who have been denied insurance coverage and are ineligible for Medicare. Until 2014, when insurers will have to cover all Americans with pre-existing conditions, the PCIP program will continue to provide people who enroll with affordable insurance coverage.This information was recently added to To learn more visit Posts  Report about Enforcement Actions - 2/17
Review of Medicaid Payments for Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services Claims Submitted by Providers in New York State (A-02-09-01024) found that the Department of Health (DOH) claimed Federal Medicaid reimbursement for some nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) services submitted by transportation providers in New York State that did not comply with certain Federal and State requirements. States are required to ensure necessary transportation for Medicaid beneficiaries to and from providers. Based on our sample results, we estimate that DOH improperly claimed $13.5 million in Federal Medicaid reimbursement for 723,237 NEMT claims during the period April 1, 2005, through March 31, 2006.Of the 100 NEMT claims in our random sample, DOH properly claimed Medicaid reimbursement for 57 claims. However, for the 43 remaining claims, DOH claimed Medicaid reimbursement for services that were not allowable or were potentially unallowable. Specifically, 40 claims contained services that did not comply with certain Federal and State requirements, and for 3 claims, we could not determine whether services complied with Federal and State regulations. Of the 40 noncompliant claims, 11 contained more than 1 deficiency.We recommended that DOH:(1) refund $13.5 million to the Federal Government;(2) strengthen its policies and procedures to ensure that providers comply with Federal and State requirements for ordering, documenting, and claiming NEMT services; and(3) require the New York State social services districts to strengthen their quality assurance mechanism to ensure that NEMT services are properly provided.DOH partially agreed with our first recommendation (financial disallowance) and agreed with our remaining recommendations.


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Pam Haulk on Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:57 AM
I had brain surgery. Right temple lobe. What issues does this cause???
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Michael Idell on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:29 PM
There could be a number of reasons why surgery was done on the right temporal lobe. The right temporal lobe refers to a structural element which is associated with the auditory perception (the way you speak). The so-called primary auditory cortex is situated within the temporal lobe. In addition, such essential functional elements as vision and speech processing are also under the control of the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe is likewise involved in the long-term memories formation. The importance of the temporal lobes association with the primary sensory input organization is further underscored by research findings linking patients with certain temporal lobes lesions with apparent difficulties related to placing specific pictures or words into appropriate categories. Temporal lobe abnormalities can impact the language itself with right side temporal damage specifically affecting a loss of speaking inhibition, whereas a process of words recognition is typically associated with the left temporal lesions. The temporal lobes are also essential for maintaining various memory skills.

orthopedic surgeons on Saturday, September 08, 2012 11:34 PM
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Michael Idell on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:43 PM
You can share anything you would like from my page. Thank you! Michael Idell

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