Hurricane Sandy Resources
As a result of Hurricane Sandy, federal authorities declared the following counties to be a Federal Disaster area, effective October 27, 2012: Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.
The disaster declaration allows the federal government to temporarily waive specific federal laws and regulations for affected health care providers and recipients of health care services in the named counties. Governor Cuomo and Acting Commissioner Woodlock have also exercised their respective authorities and waived specific laws and regulations for affected health and behavioral health care providers and recipients of services in the disaster region.
The guidance provided by OMH is intended to clarify what rules are waived, under what conditions are they waived and program and reimbursement options available to providers. In all cases, rules are waived only in the disaster area and only to the extent necessary to respond to disaster-related challenges. The guidance will be augmented and updated on an ongoing basis. Waivers cover:
- Providers in the disaster region affected by Hurricane Sandy or the Nor'easter that followed; or
- Providers who are serving individuals affected by the storms on or off-site.
The Office of Mental Health has created this webpage to quickly disseminate information regarding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. This page will be updated as more information becomes available so it is important to check back often.
- Project Hope is a crisis counseling program consisting of services focused on mitigating the adverse repercussions of Hurricane Sandy. Carefully trained Project Hope crisis counselors offer confidential crisis counseling, education and resource linkage at no charge.
- Hurricane Sandy Survey and Instructions - (January 22, 2013) OMH is asking OMH-funded providers located within the disaster area that suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy and the succeeding Nor'easter and/or incurred costs in support of other OMH-funded providers to complete this OMH survey.
- Federal and State Regulatory and Legal Waivers (131kb) (November 28, 2012) – This document will be updated as necessary to reflect further developments as they occur.
- Reduction to required number of contacts for Medicaid reimbursement (340kb) (January 18, 2013) Guidance Document #9 – OMH programs affected by this guidance: Targeted Case Management (TCM), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver for Children.
- Reminder: Medicaid Provides “Cash Flow” Relief for Financially-troubled Programs (489kb) (December 3, 2012) Guidance Document #8 – How to send a request to Medicaid for early release checks or to apply for a reduction in the % of withhold for current recoupments.
- Treatment Planning (274kb) (November 28, 2012) Guidance Document #7– Information for Medicaid Clinic Option Programs regarding the temporary waiver of treatment plan requirements.
- Personalized Recover Oriented Services (PROS) (83kb) (November 28, 2012) Guidance Document #6 – Information for those PROS providers and their clients.
- Off-site Ambulatory Treatment Services (69kb) (November 28, 2012) Guidance Document #5 – Information regarding the temporary approval for Medicaid reimbursement for services provided at off-site locations
- Relocated Licensed Ambulatory Treatment Sites (287kb) (November 28, 2012) Guidance Document #4 – Information for Programs and Staff relocating to alternate sites.
- Behavioral Health Organizations (BHO) Disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) to OMH and OASAS licensed providers affected by Hurricane Sandy – Letter to all OMH and OASAS licensed providers (175kb) (November 13, 2012) Guidance Document #3 – Beginning November 13th, and for the duration of the emergency declaration, OMH has authorized BHO care managers to disclose PHI without individual consent for Medicaid beneficiaries to OMH and/or Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuses Services (OASAS) licensed providers who meet certain criteria.
- OMH Update: Hurricane Sandy Waiver Requests (553kb) (November 9, 2012) Guidance Document #2 – This Power Point was presented to the public via webinar on November 9, 2012.
- Notice to OMH Article 31 Clinics (99.7kb) (November 6, 2012) Guidance Document #1 – Reminder to Clinics regarding proper use of Crisis Intervention – Brief (Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code H2011) and Complex Care Management (CPT code 90882) services.
- Guidance is being developed on the following issues; once each item is finalized it will be posted above:
- Reimbursement for rehabilitation services in residential settings
- State Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) Payments to individuals displaced from Community Residence(CR)s and Adult Homes
- Billing delays caused by Hurricane Sandy
- Restricted recipient pool
- Hurricane Sandy Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR) guidance
- Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) payment waiver
- Other topics as necessary
- Additional Contacts:
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Distress Helpline
- 1(800) 985-5990
- NYS Governor's Office
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to Hurricane Sandy Resources