Joint Advisory Council (JAC)


The Joint Advisory Council (JAC) for Managed Care was created to provide input and make recommendations about care improvements for people with developmental disabilities and their families, and to ensure thoughtful transitions to new paths for receiving services. The JAC has been meeting since April 2013 and continues to meet quarterly to work with the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health on the development of managed care models.



Jan Abelseth, Partners Health Plan
Arnold Ackerly, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
Shameka Andrews, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
*Elisabeth Benjamin, Community Service Society of New York
Yoel Bernath, Hamaspik
Nick Cappoletti, LIFEPlan 
Gerald Cohen, NYC Menyal Hygiene
Donna Colonna, Services for the Underserved
Susan Constantino, Cerebral Palsy of NY
Susan Dooha, Center for Independence of the Disabled
Antonia Ferguson, Consumer Advisory Board
Nicole Furnari, UCED
Maxine George, Alternate Living Group
Douglas Hamilton, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Michele Juda, Parent to Parent
Delores McFadden, Orange County Department of Mental Health
James Moran, Care Design NY
Brad Pivar, SWAN
*Gail Smith, MetroPlus Health Plan
Sankar Sewmauth, iCircle
Alice Stratigos, GROW
Yvette Watts, New York Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers, Inc.

* Joint members of JAC & MMCARP


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