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Provider Association Members


  Alliance of L.I. Agencies for Persons with D.D. - Seth Stein, Counsel - [email protected]

The Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc. is comprised of 31 member agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  The Alliance offers many services to its members, including advocacy and networking between members.  Of particular note is the Direct Service Professional Credit Program (DSPCP), funded by grant monies, which sends direct service professionals to a five-course college program to improve their skills and introduce them to college learning.  The Alliance has also received grant funding for a Career Ladder Program, which offers those completing the DSPCP to pursue an Associate’s degree in a variety of human services or related majors at no cost to the employee.

 Advance of Greater New York (AGNY) - Steven Vernikoff, Board President - [email protected]

Advance of Greater New York is a membership organization consisting of mid-sized and small agencies located in New York City, and Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  AGNY member agencies are culturally diverse and support individuals with a wide range of needs.  AGNY was formed to identify the best routes to person-centered supports as we enter a managed care environment for people with developmental disabilities.

 Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western NY (DDAWNY) - Rhonda Frederick, President and CEO, People Inc.  – [email protected]

The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) is a collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. The intent of the Alliance is to assist agencies to develop relationships, promote unified strategies and share risks for the mutual gain with and for the benefit of people with developmental disabilities.  For more information, visit our website at

Executive Directors Association (EDA) - Barbara Wale - [email protected]

The Executive Directors’ Association or EDA, a partnership among executive directors of NYSARC Chapters, is a professional leadership organization which promotes excellence and professional leadership in support of the NYSARC mission, promotes the growth and development of quality services for people with disabilities, influences public policy through advocacy, provides professional participation to the governing structure of NYSARC, and promotes the strength, stability, operational independence and protection of each member Chapter.  For more information, visit our website at

Financial Managers Association (FMA) – Tina Chirico, Corporate President[email protected],  Suzette Smith, Central Region – [email protected] 

The Financial Managers Association (FMA) is a statewide organization representing financial leadership of rehabilitation providers. The FMA provides   professional and educational financial training to its members to navigate the continued changing financial climate of NYS services, including OPWDD, OCFS, OMH, OASIS, DOH and SED. 

 Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC) - Tom McAlvanah, Executive Director – [email protected] 

Formed in 1977 as a not-for-profit membership organization, IAC is comprised of voluntary service providers supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in the greater metro-New York area. IAC currently represents over 120 member agencies and organizations helping 90,000 individuals and their families in New York City; and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties.   For more information, visit our website at

 Learning Disabilities Assoc. of NYS (LDA) - Gary Milford - [email protected]

LDA is a three-tiered organization comprised of a national organization, state affiliates and local chapters. In New York, LDA’s state affiliate, the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State and its network of 8 local chapters serve as the conduit of information, advocacy and services for individuals with learning disabilities and their families.  For more information, visit our website at .

 Multicultural and Emerging Agency Provider Council - Philip Catchpole - [email protected]

The Council serves in an advisory capacity to OPWDD and also provides support to existing and emerging agencies serving diverse communities.  Composed of local DDRO networks of providers, the group meets locally throughout the year to support its members.  Quarterly statewide meetings are also held with OPWDD.

New York Association of Emerging & Multi-Cultural Providers, Inc. (NYAEMP) - Yvette Watts, Executive Director - [email protected]

NYAEMP is a not for profit organization dedicated to facilitating and empowering emerging and multicultural organizations serving people with developmental disabilities. Our staff of caring professionals is always happy to assist you in the emergence and expansion of your organization in such areas as program development, answering RFPs, fiscal development, staff training and quality assurance.  For more information, visit our website at

New York Association on Independent Living - Karen Thayer - [email protected]

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is a collaborative organization representing Independent Living Centers throughout the State.  NYAIL works to improve the quality of life, and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities, promote the philosophy and vision of Independent Living both within the disability and among the general public, advocate for the resources necessary to support Independent Living Centers, and provide information, group purchasing programs, and technical assistance to member centers.  For more information, visit our website at

 NYS Assoc. of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) - Ann Hardiman, Executive Director - [email protected]

NYSACRA represents more than 200 not-for-profit service provider agencies with a combined workforce of approximately 70,000 employees. The supports provided by these agencies and their staff include supportive and supervised residential living alternatives, day habilitation, prevocational and vocational training, family care and respite services, clinical services, and educational and preventive education services.  For more information, visit our website at

NYS Catholic Conference - Michael Lawler, Executive Director – [email protected]

Every year, more than 1.6 million individuals and families of all religious faiths are served by Catholic Charities agencies throughout New York.  Services include soup kitchens, food pantries, adoption and foster care, immigrant and refugee services, housing programs, emergency assistance, counseling, child care, behavioral health services, prison ministry and more.  For more information, visit our website at

NYS Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA) - Michael Seereiter, Chief Executive Officer – [email protected], Pat Dowse - [email protected]

 The New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA) is a statewide organization representing rehabilitation providers who advocate on behalf of individuals with differing abilities and the agencies who serve them. Our community providers offer a full spectrum of services to people throughout New York State, including individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, deaf and hearing impaired, and vision problems, in addition to addictions, traumatic brain injuries and veteran services.  For more information, visit our website at

The Arc New York -  John Kemmer – [email protected]

The Arc New York State Office provides information, resources, events, and offers trust services, guardianship services, self-advocate supports, and scholarships and awards. We encourage you to contact your local Chapter to find out more about their individual supports and services.  For more information, visit our website at

OPWDD COMPASS Agencies - Ron Little - [email protected]

COMPASS is an OPWDD initiative that supports and recognizes provider agencies that have progressed beyond minimal regulatory compliance, and achieved excellence in service delivery. COMPASS agencies engage their entire organization by encouraging Board members, management, staff, and service recipients to work together in a person-centered environment with the goal of promoting and achieving valued outcomes for the people we serve. COMPASS focuses an agency’s efforts toward quality through internal assessment rather than external review. Instead of agencies concentrating their efforts toward “passing” a periodic re-certification inspection, continuous effort is given to identifying and correcting problems as part of an agency’s own internal Quality Management (QM) process.  

UJA-Federation of New York – Louisa Chafee – Senior Vice President, Public Policy and External Relations – [email protected],  Faith Behum, Policy and Advocacy Advisor - [email protected]

The UJA-Federation of New York, cares for people in need, inspires a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthens communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.  Caring is about the warm embrace of community. UJA enables Jews to overcome crises, cope with the struggles of everyday life, and achieve self-sufficiency. Our caring hand extends to those living in poverty, the aging, Holocaust survivors, children and adults with disabilities and special needs, and the unemployed across the economic spectrum. They provide access to crucial human services to all New Yorkers, whoever they are, and Jews everywhere.  For more information, visit our website at

United Cerebral Palsy of NYC (UCPNYC) - Ed Matthews, CEO - [email protected]

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc. (UCP OF NYC) is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of NYC offers more than 75 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential and rehabilitative services to over 14,000 New York City residents and families annually.  For more information, visit our website at

United Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS, Inc.(UCPANYS) - Susan Constantino, Executive Director - [email protected]

CP of NYS works with the State of New York to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Our Affiliates provide a wide variety of programs, including community living opportunities, Day Habilitation and Day Treatment programs, Early Intervention, Preschool and School Age Special Education, and Family Support Services which help thousands of families care for a loved one with a disability.  For more information, visit our website at