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Learn More About Managed Care: The Future of Supports at Forums Across the State


Managed Care: The Future of Supports

The system of supports for people with developmental disabilities has evolved over the years from an institution-based system to a community-based support system based on meeting the needs of each person. This evolution was brought about by the people that we support, their family members, providers and our staff all working together.

Managed care is the next step in this important evolution, strengthening the coordination of each person’s supports, ensuring quality and challenging providers to deliver outcomes by helping people achieve their goals.

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is holding the first of many public forums that will be hosted by our Regional Directors for people we support and their families across New York State to provide information and answer questions regarding our evolution to managed care. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what matters most to you when it comes to your services.

In order to accommodate the greatest number of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, we ask that you attend no more than one public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date. These forums are intended for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. Separate forums will be made available to provider agencies and OPWDD staff.

You are cordially invited to attend the forum most convenient to your location:

Western NY
Tuesday, November 13th
6 to 8 PM
People Inc./Southeast Works
181 Lincoln Avenue
Registration Contact: Donna Koblich
[email protected] 
(716) 517-2010

Finger Lakes
Wednesday, November 14th
4 to 6 PM
Al Sigl Center (Mary Cariola Children’s Center)
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Registration Contact: Amy Hoffower
[email protected]
(585) 241-5760 

Southern Tier
Wednesday, November 14th
5 to 7 PM
Southern Tier Independence Center
135 East Frederick Street
Registration Contact: Dayna Saraceno
[email protected] 
(607) 771-7784 ext. 124

Central NY
Thursday, November 15th
5 to 7 PM
NYS Fairgrounds
Women’s Building, Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Boulevard
Registration Contact: Sandy Smith
[email protected]   
(315) 473-6901 

North Country
Friday, November 16th 2018 - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
3:30 to 5:30 PM
Clinton County Mental Health
130 Arizona Avenue  #1500
Registration Contact: Melissa Lapierre
[email protected]   

(518) 359-7731 

Hudson Valley
Monday, November 26th
5 to 7 PM
OPWDD Region 3 – Tarrytown Office
220 White Plains Road
Registration Contact: Suzanne Toscano
[email protected]   
(845) 947-6390 

Thursday, November 29th
5 to 7 PM

OPWDD Region 3 – Poughkeepsie Office
38 Fireman’s Way
Registration Contact: Julia Piwinski
[email protected] 
(845) 877-6821 x150

Capital Region
Thursday, November 29
12 to 2 PM
Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center
500 Balltown Road, Building 3, Room 2   
Registration Contact:  Karen Francisco
[email protected] 
(518) 388-0431 

Metro NY
Thursday, November 15th
5 to 7 PM
177 Livingston Street
Registration Contact: Nikia Baker
[email protected] 
(646) 766-3662

Tuesday, November 27th
5 to 7 PM
Interagency Council on Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IACDDA)
15th Floor
150 West 30th Street
Registration Contact: Nikia Baker
[email protected] 
(646) 766-3662 

Long Island
Wednesday, November 28th
6 to 8 PM
OPWDD Region 5 – Long Island Office
Multi-purpose Room
415A Oser Avenue
Registration Contacts:
Michelle Giuliano: [email protected] 
(631) 416-3838
Stephanie Ginsberg: [email protected] 
(631) 416-3903

* Each forum will be hosted by OPWDD’s Regional Office Directors. Regional Directors will ask people from the audience to share what matters most to them when it comes to their services. Comments can also be submitted in writing.

To register for the forum nearest to you, please call or e-mail the regional office staff listed above by three business days before the event.  Along with your reservation, please indicate if you need special accommodations, including language translation.

 Find out what you need to know and get your questions answered at the OPWDD Regional Managed Care Forum nearest you – we hope to see you there.