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 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.  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

 

 TRANSITIONS

 

I would like to recognize the service of Meg Riding, Executive Secretary, and wish her the best as she transitions from OPM to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. I welcome Amy Tibor, Executive Secretary, to OPM. Ms. Tibor will be the primary contact for the Office of the Nonprofit Liaison.

 

Brittany Kaplan, Public Policy Intern to the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison, will be leaving in late August to continue her public policy studies and begin an M.P.A./J.D. dual degree at UConn Law School. Ms. Kaplan has played an essential role in coordinating the Uniform Licensing process, as well as with the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services’ work groups and subcommittees. I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. 

 

 

 

NEXT STEPS FOR THE NONPROFIT GRANT PROGRAM

 

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. 

 

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

 

PA 14-98 AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS…

 

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

 

OPM will be providing an update about how FY15 funding will be issued this summer.  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

The Judicial Branch provides email alerts as well:

Judicial Branch

Judicial RFPs

 

 

 

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)


 


 

 

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

 

March 31, 2014 – “Launched earlier this 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 Office of the Nonprofit Liaison is working with Mr. Kleykamp to assure nonprofit input and content.

 

 

 

 

GOV. MALLOY: NEW UNIFORM LICENSING PROCESS WILL INCREASE EFFICIENCY
FOR STATE, PROVIDERS

 

April 29, 2014:  Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced the roll out of the new Uniform Licensing process, developed through collaboration among the Departments of Children and Families (DCF), Developmental Services (DDS), Public Health (DPH) and Administrative Services (DAS). The new licensing process covers fourteen different license types and includes a single, fillable application, as well as a web-based filing and storage system for required licensing documents.

 

The goal in developing this common application and utilizing the web-based system is to improve the efficiency of the licensing process by consolidating the requirements of each agency's licensing process and eliminating unnecessary duplication of documents submitted for licensing purposes.

 

The Office of the Nonprofit Liaison has played an integral role in the coordination of this new process by facilitating discussions and decisions across the state agencies involved. We were able to reduce the number of documents necessary in the licensing process, while bringing uniformity to the licensing application. We also reached out to nonprofit providers for feedback during the creation of the BIZNET filing system. As the process continues to roll out to more applicants, we will continue to facilitate improvements and explore the inclusion of additional license types. 

The Uniform Licensing application and web-based filing system is being hosted by the Department of Administrative Services BIZNET site. For more information about the Uniform Licensing process, including a list of the included license types, please visit the department’s website.

There are several training resources available for providers. The materials developed by Public Policy Intern, Brittany Kaplan, include an informative video, Power Point presentation and a “Frequently Asked Questions” page. They can be found here, listed under the “Important Licensing Links” section.

 

 

 

 

2014 GOVERNOR’S CABINET ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  

 

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

 

 

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 WEBSITE UPDATES

 

Valerie Clark of OPM 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 Working Group will be composed of individuals and family members of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as advocates and other stakeholders. The group is charged with examining gaps in existing IDD services, and identifying best practices and opportunities to improve provision of those services. The group is asked to issue a report with its findings by December 15, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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, that may be comprised of nonprofit providers, family advocacy groups, municipal elected officials, workforce development boards, and 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.

 

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.

This 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.

 

 

 

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 Deemed Status and 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 and to initiate deemed status pilots
 
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

 

Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission:  Coordinating mental health presentations, assisting with full Commission in writing Commission report

 

 

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RESOURCES

 

Department of Economic and Community Development

 

 

Department of Administrative Services

 

 

Judicial Branch

 

 

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PREVIOUS BROADCASTS

 

 

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ARCHIVED RFPs

 

Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program FY 2014