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About the Joint Advisory Council


Welcome to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Joint Advisory Council (JAC) for Managed Care page.  To ensure care improvements for people and their families, and a thoughtful transition to new paths for receiving services, OPWDD has convened a Council to provide input and make recommendations. 

The purpose of the Joint Advisory Council is to advise the Commissioners of the OPWDD and Department of Health (DOH) regarding the design of managed care models that will provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.      

The JAC has been meeting since April 2013 and continues to meet quarterly to work with OPWDD and DOH to explore the development of two managed care models –

(1)   Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA-IDD)  and other developing models.

(2)   Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)  

Joint Advisory Council Members

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

Meeting Schedule and Materials

8/14/2019 - Agenda

5/6/2019 -  Agenda | Minutes


To share ideas and feedback with the Joint Advisory Council, contact [email protected].