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Evelyn Alvarez - Southern Region Director
Evelyn Alvarez
Southern Region Manager

Southern Region/Area 11 Office Address: 401 NW 2nd Avenue
Suite South 811
Miami, FL 33128
Main Phone Number: (305) 349-1478
Main Fax Number: (305) 377-5028
Counties Served: Dade and Monroe

Field Contacts


Schedule for Provider & WSC Meetings (2018-2019)

All meetings are held in Room N-1011 of the Rohde Building Complex at 401 NW 2nd Street, Miami, Florida, from 10:00 am – Noon. We strongly encourage you to attend provider meetings in person, but conference call-in attendance is available at 1-888-670-3525, Caller ID 6656678171 throughout December 31, 2018. Please mute your phones when calling in by pressing *6.   Effective January 01, 2019 you will be provided with new conference call information

Support Coordinators/WSCs:
2018: December 19

2019: February 20, April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16 and December 11

Supported Employment & Supported Living Providers:
2019: January 23, May 15, September 18 and November 19

Residential Habilitation/Group Home Providers:
2018: November 21

2019: January 16, March 20, July 17 and November 13

ADT & other program service providers we will see you in the field, or work with you individually.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons who desire accommodations should contact Area 11 ADA Liaison Evelyn Alvarez at Evelyn.Alvarez@apdcares.org or (813) 233-4317. Please call at least 72 hours prior to the event to allow time to arrange your accommodation.


To All Providers & Waiver Support Coordinators:

Please be advised that effective May 1, 2018 APD has a new Incident Reporting Form, new Instructions and a new Operating Procedure #3-0006. They can be found at http://apd.myflorida.com/providers/incident-reporting/ (please ensure you reference the correct Operating Procedure #3-0006).

Please read the form, the instructions and the operating procedure carefully. If you have questions, please contact Rosa Llaguno: rosa.llaguno@apdcares.org or (305) 377-5815. All critical incidents must still be reported within one hour, all reportable incidents by the next business day. All incidents must still be encrypted and submitted to southern.incidentreports@apdcares.org.

Please disseminate this to all staff. Any issues with software and systems such as Therap that automatically generate the old IR: please contact your software provider or administrator. Please inform your staff to use this new form. We will be providing technical assistance and training. Stay tuned.


Provider Enrollment Information - for both New Providers and Existing Providers

Provider Applications are for new Providers and Provider Expansion Request Forms are for Existing providers wishing to expand geographically, provide additional services, or to expand from solo to agency status.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDITELY: Pursuant to the iBudget Waiver program, authorized under 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act, and because of critical needs for some specific provider types, APD will no longer operate two open enrollment periods each year for provider applicants of services furnished under the iBudget waiver.  Effective immediately, Regional offices will accept provider applications at all times.

Although APD will accept provider applications at all times, please keep in mind that certain critical needs exist for specific provider types in each APD Region. Each Region will identify critical service needs as defined below. 

Southern Region Critical Service Needs are as Follows:

Monroe County:
For applicants who reside in Monroe County Residents; all services are considered Critical Services and applications for Monroe County Applicants will be accepted at all times.

Miami-Dade County:
For Miami-Dade County Residents, the following services are considered Critical Need Services:

  1. CDC Consultant
  2. EAA- Environmental Adaptations
  3. Dietician Services
  4. Dental Services
  5. Behavior Analysis Services
    Potential behavioral analysis applicants should contact either Dr. Enrique Molina at 305-349-1434 or Brenda Viera, RN/MCM at 305-377-7431. It is recommended that you contact either agency representative listed as soon as possible. Due to the critical need to increase the number of behavioral services providers in this locality, the Southern Region will assist expediting applications.

Provider applicants who do not currently have an “APD General” line item eligibility determination in the AHCA Background Screening Clearinghouse and need to submit their Letter of Intent to the Southern Region; please email the completed Letter of Intent form to Southern.Intent@apdcares.org


Incident Reporting Form Instructions

Southern Region Critical Incident Report and After Hours Emergency Phone Line: 305-299-3366
Critical Incidents must be reported to the APD Regional/Field Office within one hour of becoming aware of the incident. The initial report may be made via telephone, however, an Incident Reporting Form must be filled out and submitted to the Regional Office no later than one business day after initial reporting. Incident Reports, follow-up reports and reports of death should be sent in via email to Southern.incidentreports@apdcares.org


Standard APD Regional Office E-mail Addresses

As you are aware, there are several workflow processes at APD such as submitting cost plans, support plans, significant additional needs, etc.  Therefore, APD has created the following standard e-mail addresses you can use to send these types of information to APD.  Please use these e-mail addresses to send encrypted confidential information to APD.

Also, keep in mind that you may still contact Regional staff members via telephone if you have questions, concerns, or issues which require immediate attention.  

southern.aim@apdcares.org

  • For AIM submittals (Allocation Implementation Meeting)

southern.behavioral@apdcares.org

  • For LRC
  • As requested by Region and/or LRC Chairperson
  • Reactive Strategies

southern.caseloads@apdcares.org

  • WSC caseload submittals

southern.CDC@apdcares.org

  • Purchasing Plans
  • Participant Information Update form
  • Direct Hire Employee [ name change/address change ]

southern.complaints@apdcares.org

  • Includes complaints made by or against APD Providers, Waiver Support Coordinators, or APD staff members

southern.crisis@apdcares.org

  • Documentation for waitlist crisis enrollment
  • Not for use in SFR submissions

southern.eligibility@apdcares.org

  • Intake and Eligibility applicant documentation for APD waitlist eligibility

southern.forensics@apdcares.org

  • Competency evaluations
  • Court Orders

southern.hearingrequests@apdcares.org

  • Regional Hearing Requests

southern.incidentreports@apdcares.org

  • Initial report and follow up reports
  • Death report

southern.medicationerrors@apdcares.org

  • Medication Error reports
  • Corrective Action Plan

southern.providerenrollment@apdcares.org

  • Enrollment ( Solo or Agency Provider Checklist; Provider Application; Provider Reference Form; Background Screening Results – include Exemptions to a Disqualifying Offense; Employment History check; Local Criminal Records check; APD affidavit of Good Moral Character; Proof of Completion of Required Training; Copy of AHCA Medicaid Provider welcome letter; Applicant Signed Medicaid Waiver Services Agreement; Regional iBudget Enrollment Application – Waiver Support Coordinator (WSC ), or, Regional iBudget Provider Enrollment Application – non WSC )
  • Updates to Provider Demographics ( change of address, phone and email changes )
  • Provider Expansion Request Forms ( service array and/or expansion within region or additional regions )

southern.QAorQItechnicalassistance@apdcares.org

  • [ Not for Plan of Remediation ]
  • Request for technical assistance related to remediation and/or QIO reviews

southern.QSI@apdcares.org

  • Requested documentation for QSI Assessment

residential.referrals@apdcares.org

  • Placement Referral Packets [ APD licensed homes ]
  • Placement Referral Packets [ ICF ]

southern.residential@apdcares.org

  • ICF transitions into APD licensed home
  • Licensed Home – census
  • Room and Board Payment Requests
  • Corrective Action Plan

southern.SANs@apdcares.org

  • Significant Additional Needs – increase in funding
  • ( be certain to include all supporting documentation )

southern.supportedemployment@apdcares.org

  • Caseloads
  • Employment information

southern.supportedliving@apdcares.org

  • Caseloads
  • Disaster/Emergency plan
  • Stipend/Start-Up request

southern.supportplans@apdcares.org

  • Annual or Updated support plan
  • ( include all supporting documentation for services requested )

DSM secure email will no longer be accessible to APD after June 30, 2014.  Effective July 1, 2014 APD will implement the following email addresses mailboxes for use by Waiver Support Coordinators, providers, and others when sending client-related information to APD.  This group of mailboxes replaces secure mailboxes previously used when providing APD staff with information on a broad range of topics intended for evaluation, review and action by APD staff.  

APD’s IT office identifies acceptable encryption methods, as follows:

Microsoft Office applications (for example, Word and Excel)
This is the preferred method.  If you already have Word and Excel version 2007 or higher, this option is already available at no cost.  As long as all the confidential APD consumer information is contained within the encrypted document, it can be sent as an attachment to a regular, unencrypted e-mail.  If you do this, please remember to not include any information about APD consumers in the body or subject line of the e-mail except the iBudget PIN number which is only known internally to APD staff and APD providers.  Below are links to instructions on how to encrypt using Word and Excel.

Word 2013 encryption instructions:
http://intranet.apd.myflorida.com/it/security/policies-and-procedures/encrypt-word-document.pdf

Excel 2013 encryption instructions:
http://intranet.apd.myflorida.com/it/security/policies-and-procedures/encrypt-excel-document.pdf

Encrypted web e-mail
Similar to the DSM web-based e-mail system, there are other free (e.g., SendInc) or paid (e.g., ZixMail) options to send secure, encrypted e-mails to APD.  This method encrypts the entire e-mail, including any file attachments, but some still display the subject line so please remember to not include any information about APD consumers in the subject line.  While this is an acceptable method of sending confidential consumer information to APD, this requires APD staff to create and maintain separate accounts (user names and passwords) for each different system.

ZIP applications
There are several free and paid “ZIP” type applications (e.g., WinZip) available that can compress one or more files into one ZIP file, some but not all of which can also encrypt the file(s).  These ZIP applications that can also encrypt will encrypt any type(s) of file(s) you ZIP.  You can then send the encrypted ZIP file which contains the confidential APD consumer information in a regular, unencrypted e-mail to APD.  If you do this, please remember to not include any information about APD consumers in the body or subject line of the e-mail except the iBudget PIN number which is only known internally to APD staff and APD providers.

NOTE:  Some methods of encryption use a particular type (algorithm) by default.  If you are given options, the best encryption type to select is AES 128-bit or higher.  If AES is not available, the next best type is 3DES (also known as Triple DES).  It is recommended you do not choose regular DES as it has been proven to be a weak encryption method.

Guidance on Setting Encryption Passwords
Whenever you encrypt a file, you must set a password needed to open the document.  To make this process easier for you and APD staff, please use your Medicaid Provider Number as the password to encrypt.  If you do not have a Medicaid Provider Number, please contact your local field office to let them know what password you will be using.

 


News & Announcements

  • Background Screening Clearinghouse Update

    In the Southern Region Ms. Hillary Jackson, RPS and Mr. Kirk Ryon, RPS will serve as liaisons to share information about this upcoming transition.

    Please review the DCF Power Point presentation below. Additionally, we are also providing you with some website links that provides tutorials about the Clearinghouse. We hope that this will assist you in understanding this process.

    Clearinghouse Powerpoint

    - DCF’s Background Screening
    www.myflfamilies.com/backgroundscreening
    Help Desk: 1-888-352-2842

    - AHCA’s Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse
    http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Central_Services/Background_Screening/BGS_results.shtml.
    Help Desk: 1-800-289-7799 Opt. 4

    As additional information is made available we will do our best to share this with you.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons who desire accommodations should contact Area 11 ADA Liaison Evelyn Alvarez at Evelyn.Alvarez@apdcares.org , or (813) 233-4317. Please call at least 72 hours prior to the event to allow time to arrange your accommodation.


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