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first_imgFSU, attorneys team up to assist children July 1, 2002 Regular News FSU, attorneys team up to assist childrencenter_img What do special education and health care have to do with each other?Plenty when it comes to helping children, say the lawyers and law students at the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Florida State University College of Law.Thanks to a $60,000 grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Florida Bar, the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Special Education/Health Care Law Project is flourishing.“I can’t say enough about what an important grant this is in the state of Florida,” said Clinical Professor Paolo Annino, co-director of the Children’s Advocacy Center.“These are children who would have been injured or not receiving services needed to flourish, but for The Florida Bar Foundation grant. That $60,000 grant really is our backbone, the keel of our ship.”There are 41 ongoing cases involving the neediest of children – homeless children, abused and neglected children in the dependency system, and pregnant teenagers.One recent case Annino described is a 4-year-old severely autistic child, who runs away, jumps out of car windows and loves to sit in the middle of the road.“His mom and dad are wonderul working folks, out there trying to keep their heads above water,” Annino said.“But they have their hands full and have two other autistic children. The 4-year-old needs a behaviorial management plan, and to get that you have to have a Medicaid waiver.”But the state of Florida refused to grant such a waiver, Annino said, because there was no crisis.“They were saying he hadn’t been hospitalized yet — the very thing we’re trying to avoid.”So Annino and his students represented the child at a contested hearing before an administrative law judge June 13, and they await a ruling.While Annino has no trouble getting grants for pamphlets, education, and community outreach, it is difficult to get money for litigation on behalf of children.“A lot of places don’t feel comfortable about children having legal rights and going into court. But the Foundation does,” a grateful Annino said.What makes this project unique is the way it links special education and health care, because at least one-third of the kids the Children’s Advocacy Center represent have both special education and health care issues.Described as a model for the state and nation, the project has joined forces with the Leon County Health Department, the Public Defender’s Office, the Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Child Protection Team to address special education and health care issues. This collaboration has given the Children’s Advocacy Center access to essential information to help vulnerable children who often fall through the cracks.The work is carried out by Annino, a full-time clinical professor, a part-time program assistant and two dozen law students, who are required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week on the project.They address the systematic violation of federal rights of disabled children by litigating individual cases in Northwest Florida, primarily by using the legal vehicles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).A key objective is trying to keep the child in school, when school districts are routinely expelling special education children.And they navigate the bureaucratic maze on behalf of eligible children to enroll in Healthy Kids and make sure they are receiving the health care services they need.“A large part of health care advocacy is outreach: finding the children who have fallen through the cracks,” according to the Center’s successful grant proposal.The health department deputizes the law students to act as volunteer health department officers, giving them access to the Leon County School’s National School Lunch Program applications, which every poor child’s guardian must sign in order for the child to receive a subsidized breakfast/lunch.“This federal form asks whether the child has health care insurance. My students have copied several hundreds of these forms,” Annino said. “The Children’s Advocacy Center had created a protocol, a questionnaire, and a ‘telemarketing’ script. The students telephone the numbers and offer our services to get the child enrolled in a subsidized health care plan. If the guardians want our services, we schedule an in-person interview at the CAC. During the interview, we provide full legal services. In addition to health care, we inquire about educational, delinquency, dependency, and disability issues.”Another way the law students find children in need of services is setting up a booth at the annual North Florida Fair, offering health care advocacy to parents and children who walk by.They also receive clients by referrals from Legal Services of North Florida for SSI cases, a majority of which also have special education and health care access issues.The Public Defender’s Office has assisted in obtaining school and medical records, and has actively participated with the CAC in negotiations with the School District and Medicaid office.A new collaboration with the Child Protection Team will bring more referrals of special education and health care cases to the CAC. In return, the CAC has agreed to provide the Children Protection Team with ongoing advice on abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases.The Guardian ad Litem Program has referred cases to the CAC and has been a great source of information on children, as well as being tremendous allies in foster care cases.“They have supported us in arguing before the court for appropriate placement and services for our children,” Annino said.“FSU’s health care access project can be and should be replicated across the state,” he said. “It has great potential for success: to enroll a large group of children, who fall through the gaps, for health care services.”last_img read more


first_imgATM equipment can be expensive. The typical capital investment for ATM hardware ranges from $6,000 to $40,000 – depending on the size and operations capability of the machine. In addition to initial expense, financial institutions must perform ongoing operations and management to connect, maintain and service each ATM.In some cases, regular operation requires contracts with third-party vendors. The institution will also likely incur personnel expenses to arrange and monitor each of the ATM functions. Finally, banks and credit unions must maintain ATM compliance for each machine – including hardware and software upgrades to meet security compliance, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and EMV chip-card compatibility.Today, ATMs are rarely a profit center for financial institutions. Instead, these machines are a depreciating asset requiring a continuing expenditure of time and management dollars. The costs and requirements have begun to drive many banks and credit unions out of the ATM business – often in favor of full outsourcing to third-party ATM operators. Own the Benefits, Not the HardwareSelecting an ATM outsourcing program from a third-party vendor provides institutions with a variety of benefits – and uniquely fits a “benefits, not hardware” outlook. Though some institutions select to retain machine ownership and only hand over operations to a third-party, many choosing outsourcing options hand over full ownership of their machines along with the operational functions.Outsourcing ATM operations results in immediate benefits – freeing up employee time.However, third-party ATM management provides other perks, as well. Businesses specializing in ATMs are more focused on ATMs with a greater number of staff available to monitor, manage and assess the ATM fleet. As a result, they are usually capable of providing a higher level of ATM service.ATM outsourcing also lowers the cost to financial institutions as outsourcing vendors leverage their larger ATM fleet to lower overall expenditures for goods and services – passing those savings onto their clients.Credit unions selecting to eliminate ATM ownership gain even more benefits as they are no longer responsible for handling upgrades or replacements to their ATM fleet. While most financial institutions are very familiar with the high cost of these upgrades due to the recent sunset of Windows XP and the introduction of new EMV standards at the ATM, they are not looking into the future, when support for the current operating systems end in 2020. This single benefit reduces significant overhead costs that financial institutions will run into again.Outsourcing in ActionCitizens Bank, based in Kilgore, TX, and Community National Bank (CNB), of Hondo, TX, are two community-based financial institutions that have selected outsourcing over in-house ATM operations.Citizen’s Bank needed to reduce capital expenditures and free up employee time to focus on newer products and services. Choosing to outsource their ATM fleet allowed the bank to reclaim some of the capital expenditure as well as the time and effort they had tied up in maintaining their ATM network.CNB cites compliance as the final straw in their decision to outsource their ATM management. “We didn’t want to sink any more capital into ATM upgrades or buying new machines,” said CNB President and CEO, Ronnie A. Miller. “We needed a solution that would allow us to reduce our costs, eliminate costly service agreements and relieve the compliance burden without compromising the service our customers have come to expect from us.”Both CNB and Citizen’s Bank have seen a consistency in excellent service, a cut in compliance and regulatory headaches and a significant cost savings. Handing over ATM management has allowed them to focus their attention on more significant items – such as opening commercial accounts, generating more loans, mobile banking, remote deposit capture and Apple Pay.“I don’t know why any bank would want to own or operate ATMs anymore,” said Citizens Bank Executive Vice President Melvin Jordan. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Albright Enterprising Sales/Management Leader with more than 18 years of Payments Industry expertise building a portfolio of C-Level clients. Accomplished in driving top-line revenue through innovation and strategy, business and … Web: outsourceatm.com Detailslast_img read more


first_imgThat’s just the beginning. The church has been handing out coats to those in need for 13 years, a gesture that has impacted thousands in the community. In 2018, the church gave away more than 2000 coats. Volunteers will continue to give coats away on December 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located on 276 Church St. in Montrose, P.A. Giving away this many coats requires a lot of planning in collecting the outerwear. Volunteers say they have almost everything, but sometimes it’s difficult to find extra large sizes for both men and women. “It makes you feel good. A lot of times the little kids come in and don’t wear a coat, and they find one, and they show it. It’s just a nice feeling,” said Finlon. The church will still be collecting donations for next year’s coat drive. If you would like to donate, head over to their website. MONTROSE, Pa. (WBNG) — Coats can be an expensive purchase and a necessity if you live in the Twin Tiers. The Good Samaritans at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church want you to be warm and cozy this winter. “Roughly today I think we have close to 500 coats. This year, so far, we gave out over 1200 coats,” said John Finlon, treasurer at the church. last_img read more

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