"ABI Resources Advocates for Transparency and Accountability in Connecticut's Federally Funded Programs"
ABI Resources, a provider of quality care for brain-injured individuals, has raised concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in Connecticut's federally funded programs. The organization has sent several inquiries to Connecticut Community Care (CCC) regarding the referral process, provider list, and care manager's role, but has yet to receive a response. As a result, ABI Resources has requested an investigation into management practices and more detailed information about the programs. The lack of access to the approved provider directory and care management referral processes has caused confusion and concern for Medicaid agency providers and brain-injured individuals. ABI Resources remains committed to advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities and will keep the public informed as they receive new information.
ABI Resources contacted,
Erin Kane Head of Quality and Performance Improvement for CCC Connecticut Community Care.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email. As a provider of quality care for the brain-injured population, ABI Resources is deeply committed to upholding the highest standards of person-centered care and client rights. In line with this commitment, we are writing to inquire about the process involved in the event a client wishes to change an agency service provider or care management provider.
We understand that clients may sometimes feel uncomfortable with their current care manager or agency service provider, or may wish to have a different care management agency provider for any reason. We would like to know if clients have the option to request and receive a different agency service provider, care manager, or care management agency provider. If so, we would like to understand the process and how the rules of person-centered care and client rights are applied in such situations.
Furthermore, we would like to understand how this request is officially implemented.
a. If a client wishes to document their request, what specific form or documentation must a client complete?
b. What steps must they take to ensure that their request is successfully processed?
c. Does the client sign an official request to change agency service providers, a care manager, or care management agency?
d. Is this signed document provided to the current provider?
e. Where can clients locate these documents?
f. Is this document provided to the client by care management? and how does care management provide request forms such as these?
g. What periods for notices are implemented?
h. In the event that a client is uncomfortable with making this request directly to their care manager, agency service provider, or care management provider, how may the client do so?
As a valued partner in providing quality care to the brain-injured population, we understand that some clients may request the option to change care managers, agency service providers, or care management providers. It is essential for ABI Resources to better understand this process to ensure that our clients receive the best possible person-centered care and rights of the person served. We appreciate any information you can provide us on this matter to help us better serve our mutual clients.
Thank you again for your time and consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
All the best,
I hope this email finds you well. As a provider of quality care for the brain-injured population, ABI Resources is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of person-centered care and upholding client rights. In the pursuit of this commitment, we sent the email below with a detailed inquiry regarding the process for clients who wish to change their agency service provider or care management provider. Unfortunately, we have not yet received a response from you and are now increasingly concerned about the implications.
Given the importance of this issue and its potential impact on the community we serve, we would like to express our concern about the lack of acknowledgment and answers to our questions. We understand that everyone has a busy schedule, however, we believe that addressing these concerns is crucial for ensuring that our clients receive the best possible care and have their rights respected.
To recap, our previous email contained a series of questions aimed at understanding the process involved in changing an agency service provider or care management provider, as well as how the principles of person-centered care and client rights apply in such situations. We kindly request your assistance in providing us with information on the following topics:
The process for clients who wish to change agency service providers, care managers, or care management agency providers.
The required documentation and steps for clients to successfully submit and process their requests.
The procedures for handling cases in which clients are uncomfortable making these requests directly to their current providers.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of addressing these concerns for the well-being of our clients and the community we serve. We understand that collaboration and open communication are essential for providing quality care, and we hope that you share our commitment to these principles.
We must reiterate the importance of addressing these concerns for the well-being of our clients, our staff, and our business. We kindly request your prompt attention to this matter.
Thank you again for your time and consideration. We look forward to resolving this issue together, ensuring the best possible care for our clients and a strong, collaborative relationship between our organizations.
We eagerly await your response.
Following Up on Unacknowledged Requests from CCC Connecticut Community Care, ABI Resources followed up with this email to,
Julia Evans Starr, President, of CCC Connecticut Community Care.
Julia Evans Starr, President,
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to express our concern regarding a series of unanswered inquiries and concerns that we at ABI Resources have raised with Connecticut Community Care pertaining to Medicaid federally funded waivers. As we both strive to serve the same community, it is vital that our questions be addressed promptly to ensure the best possible support for the individuals who rely on our services.
Below is a list of unacknowledged email inquiries sent to Connecticut Community Care, Head of Quality and Performance Improvement detailing inquiries and concerns which have yet to receive a response:
Subject: Comprehensive Inquiry: Referral Process, Provider List, and Care Manager's Role.
a. Sent: Fri 3/17/2023 5:43 AM
b. Sent: Wed 3/22/2023 5:01 PM
Subject: Inquiry Regarding Client's Option to Change Agency Service or Care Management Provider. MFP, ABI and PCA Waivers.
a. Sent: Fri 3/17/ 2023 7:30 AM
b. Sent: Wed 3/22/2023 5:00 PM
Subject: Care Management Referral Process Inquiry for MFP Program and Waivers.
a. Sent: Sat 3/11/2023 7:17 AM
Subject: To the attention of David Medeiros CBIS.
a. Sent: Wed 3/22/2023 5:02 PM
b. Pertaining to the received communication from
Thu 9/1/2022 12:16 PM
We kindly request that these concerns be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors at the earliest opportunity, as they directly affect our mutual mission to serve the community. We believe that addressing these questions and concerns will not only strengthen our collaboration but also ensure that the individuals we serve receive the highest quality of care and support.
The lack of response to our inquiries is causing growing concerns for numerous reasons, particularly in relation to the well-being of Medicaid consumers and providers. This situation not only impairs our capacity to offer optimal care to our clients, but it also casts doubt on the effectiveness of communication and collaboration between our organizations, as well as the ability of care managers to effectively provide for the Medicaid waiver brain injured population while ensuring the rights of the person served are adhered to. It is vital to address these concerns swiftly to preserve trust and nurture a positive working relationship moving forward. At ABI Resources, we are committed to partnering with your organization to develop practical solutions to the challenges faced by Medicaid consumers. By working together, we can make a meaningful difference and enhance the quality of care provided to these individuals, ultimately improving their well-being and overall experience.
Please provide a timeline for when we can expect a response to the aforementioned inquiries. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to a productive dialogue.
Thank you for your cooperation.
ABI Resources has taken steps to address these concerns by reaching out to the federal government for assistance. Specifically, the organization has requested an investigation into management practices and has requested more detailed information about the programs, including the total number of program-approved agency providers, the entity responsible for managing and updating the approved provider directory list, information about public access to this list and Care Management referral practices of federal program agency providers. ABI Resources' requests for information have been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
ABI Resources remains committed to steadfast advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities. We are dedicated to staying informed and up-to-date on the latest developments, and we pledge to keep you informed as we receive new information.
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