Department of Health and Human Services

New Editions provides training and technical assistance on Section 508 and the Secretary’s Section 508 Implementation Policy to designated individuals in the HHS agency and the Office of the Secretary. Section 508 requires electronic and information technology (EIT) procured, developed, maintained or used to be accessible to its employees and customers with disabilities. New Editions staff members work directly with Section 508 Officials and Coordinators at each agency to ensure their understanding of the legal, technical, and policy framework of Section 508 at HHS.

New Editions, with our subcontractor JBS International, conducted a formative qualitative study to ascertain how primary care clinicians and patients conceptualize and communicate about preventive services. We used focus groups and simulated clinical scenarios to gain insight into the shared decision-making process. This knowledge will be used to guide the development and improvement of print and electronic tools that prompt joint decision-making by clinicians and patients regarding United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.

Funded under Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, New Editions contract - Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project - was announced in June 2010 by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. The Secretary lauded the project’s vision to assist older adults and those with chronic conditions to find appropriate housing to live more independent lives.

Enacted by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the MFP Rebalancing Demonstration is part of a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to assist states, in collaboration with stakeholders, to make widespread changes to their long-term care support systems. This initiative assists states in their efforts to reduce their reliance on institutional care, while developing community-based long-term care opportunities, enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to fully participate within their communities.

New Editions provides technical and logistical support for a national expert panel composed to assist the NIH Rehabilitation Medicine Department develop a holistic definition of adults with chronic health care needs that can be used in national surveys and clinical settings.

New Editions provides technical assistance to state agencies on HCBS mechanisms, program design, service delivery systems and self-direction services. Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Editions specifically provides assistance to states seeking to develop or improve home and community based services under a variety of channels: Sections 1915(c) and 1115 waivers and Sections 1915(i), 1915(j) or 1915(k) State Plan Amendments. Technical assistance includes:

New Editions supports the ability of states, territories and localities in their efforts to be inclusive of people with disabilities when planning, delivering and evaluating public health programs. Specifically, New Editions supports an exciting effort by NCBDDD to develop educational resources for public health disability staff, draft models and measures for state-based disability public health programs, assess current and future needs of disability staff and highlight the current capacity and functioning of public health disability programs.

New Editions provides planning, evaluation, research, technical assistance and logistical services to support the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research's (NIDILRR) program planning and improvement and to meet accountability requirements. We provide program management and evaluation support to NIDILRR formative program reviews for its grantees and to its external evaluation program. We complete literature reviews, policy analyses, inventories and secondary data analyses.

New Editions provides a wide range of program support to ICDR. ICDR's mission is to promote coordination among federal agencies that conduct research or implement policy around disability issues. Under contract with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), we support web and member collaboration sites; design and manage databases; coordinate meetings for five subcommittees and the executive committee; plan and conduct three state-of-the-science meetings annually; design member outreach activities; and prepare analyses and technical reports.