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Benefits & Services Design Team


  • Suzanne Sennett, Deputy Commissioner, OPWDD
    Team Leader
  • Laurie A. Kelley, Executive Director, ARC of Ulster-Greene County
  • Kate Bishop, 1115 Waiver Implementation Unit, OPWDD
  • Debra Bojarski, Treatment Team Leader Office of Community Support, CNYDSO
  • Amy Cohen Anneling, Licensed Psychologist, OPWDD
  • Myrta Cuadra-Lash, Executive Director, Sinergia
  • Joann Dolan, Parent, The Big Tent
  • Patricia Dowse, Chief Operating Officer, New York State Rehabilitation Association, Inc.
  • Max Donatelli, Parent, Department Head, Bridges to Health and Family Engagement, Baker Victory Services
  • Karen Gillette, Self Advocate
  • Pasquale Ginese, Self Advocate, Self Advocacy Association of New York
  • Richard Iannello, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society
  • Diana McCourt, Parent, The Big Tent, Board Member, Job Path, Inc.
  • Margaret Mikol, Executive Director, SKIP of New York
  • Susan Platkin, Parent
  • Sharon Rockwell Linne, Parent
  • Fredda Rosen, Executive Director, Job Path, Inc.

Final Design Team Report:

Each People First Waiver design team summarized its discussions in a final report. OPWDD’s Statewide Comprehensive Plan for 2011 - 2015 will contain a synopsis of the recommendations of all five design teams and provide the vehicle for advancing the reform recommendations of the People First Waiver design process.

Benefits & Services Design Team Final Report

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