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Public Forums Now Available for Individuals and Families to Learn More About New Care Coordination Organizations

Public Forums Now Available
03/14/18

As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is making an important improvement to the way services are coordinated. The Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) program which is currently used to coordinate services will be replaced by a new and improved program called Health Home Care Management beginning July 1, 2018. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people currently receive, and will also provide coordination of other services, such as health care and mental health supports. 

Health Home Care Management Services will be provided by Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs), new entities formed by existing providers of developmental disability services. To provide you with information about the transition, OPWDD and the CCOs are hosting regional public forums across the State. 

These forums are intended to educate the people we support about the transition. 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 People First Care Coordination public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date. 

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

FINGER LAKES
April 12th – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mary Cariola Children’s Center
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Door 1
Rochester, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:  
AMY HOFFOWER –  amy.hoffower@opwdd.ny.gov  585-241-5760

WESTERN NY
April 11th – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Genesee Orleans ARC
38 Woodrow Road
Batavia, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON: 
AMY HOFFOWER –  amy.hoffower@opwdd.ny.gov  585-241-5760

April 16th – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
People Inc. (Southeast Works)
181 Lincoln Street
Depew, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:  
AMY HOFFOWER –  amy.hoffower@opwdd.ny.gov  585-241-5760

April 18th - 1:00 -2:30 PM and 6:00-7:30 PM
Arc of Steuben
One Arc Way
Bath, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:  
AMY HOFFOWER –  amy.hoffower@opwdd.ny.gov  585-241-5760

NORTH COUNTRY
April 2nd -  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tupper Lake High School – (Auditorium)
25 Chaney Avenue
Tupper Lake, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:  
ERIC PASTERNAK –  eric.pasternak@opwdd.ny.gov  518-359-4330

SOUTHERN TIER
April 3rd – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC)
135 E. Frederick St.
Binghamton, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:
DAYNA SARACENO - dayna.saraceno@opwdd.ny.gov  607-771-7784, ext. 124

CENTRAL NY
April 4th – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Central NY DDRO
NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON: 
RHODA BARRON - rhoda.barron@opwdd.ny.gov  315-425-8512                                                                                                                       

CAPITAL DISTRICT
April 3rd – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
O.D. Heck and v/c to Saratoga Care Lane site
Capital District DDRO
500 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:
KAREN FRANCISCOkaren.francisco@opwdd.ny.gov -518-388-0431

HUDSON VALLEY
April 12th – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thiells and v/c to Tarrytown Office in Westchester
Hudson Valley DDRO
5 Wilbur Road
Thiells, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:
VALERIE AUSTINvalerie.j.austin@opwdd.ny.gov 845-947-6060

NEW YORK CITY
April 12th - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Heartshare
177 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY

April 19th - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office (SIDDSO)
930 Willowbrook Road - (In the Bubble, near 12G) located at
The Elizabeth Connelly Center – Building 40-41)
Staten Island, NY

April 24th – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bronx Developmental Disabilities Services Office (BXDDSO)
2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY
REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSON:
SELENA PRUDENselena.j.pruden@opwdd.ny.gov 646-766-3655                                                                

LONG ISLAND
April 2nd – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Independent Group Home Living (IGHL)
Administration
221 North Sunrise Service Road
Manorville, NY 11949

April 11th – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
OPWDD Regional Office
415A Oser Avenue – Multipurpose Room
Hauppauge, NY 11741

April 18th – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD)
807 S Oyster Bay Road
Bethpage, NY 11714

REGISTRATION CONTACT PERSONS:
MICHELLE GIULIANO michelle.giuliano@opwdd.ny.gov  - 631-416-3838
STEPHANIE GINSBERG - stephanie.r.ginsberg@opwdd.ny.gov  - 631-416-3903

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. Each forum will be hosted by OPWDD’s Regional Office Director and will have OPWDD and CCO representatives on hand to answer any questions.

Find out what you need to know and get your questions answered at the OPWDD regional People First Care Coordination forum nearest you – we hope to see you there.