June 2013


Issue #20

Message from the Board

With summer upon us, we know many of our providers may be wondering where we are in the process of becoming an approved DISCO. OPWDD released a June monthly update stating, later this year they plan to formally solicit DISCO applications through the RFA process to those 35 organizations intending to apply. In the meantime, iCircle is staying focused on planning and development of a Central New York region DISCO. Members of the Board and work teams have begun meeting to finalize organizational and regional infrastructure, as well as, develop advisory councils. If you would like to recommend individuals and/or families from your agency for the advisory council, please contact info@icirclefl.org. We have also continued to build the Syracuse area network by welcoming almost 20 new providers who serve that region.

We look forward to keeping you updated each week. Enjoy this week’s Provider Spotlights!

Update: Transformation Agreement

OPWDD provided an update on implementation of the approved Transformation Agreement with the federal CMS. The following are immediate deliverables and priorities identified:

  • Grow Competitive Employment by a net of 700 individuals.
  • Reach 1,500 individuals by the end of June with an overview of self-direction.
  • Transition 148 individuals out of Taconic and Finger Lakes ICF and into community-based settings by January 2014.
  • Create a plan and timeline to transition residents from remaining campus settings to non-campus based ICF’s to community settings.

Other initiatives are in the formation stages that focus on pathways to employment, crisis intervention, money follows the person outreach, and validity testing of assessment tools.

Videoconference Reminder

Statewide Videoconference Monday, July 15, 2013 from 9am to 11am

OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and a new Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

The PowerPoint presentation will be posted on OPWDD’s People First Waiver webpage the day before the videoconference, and a video of the presentation will be posted following the event.

Pre-registration for the videoconference is required and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To register to attend, please email your People First Waiver liaison and let him or her know which site you will attend.

Provider Spotlight: Life is Washable, Inc. dba The Magic Paintbrush Project

Established: 2006

Mission: Life Is Washable, Inc. dba The Magic Paintbrush Project  provides creative family & caregiver supports to the special needs community.  By creatively engaging the special needs community The Project: 

  • Focuses on providing workshops which encourage special needs individuals to reach their goals with their families and caregivers. 
  • Supports the needs of individuals of all ages, their families and the agency’s which provide direct care and services.
  • Encourages our larger community to get involved.

Executive Director: Jennifer O'Brien

Services: Individual/Family Workshops, Family Support Groups, School/Agency Programs, Education and Support of Area Professionals, Facilitator & Volunteer training and Pilot Programming for Agencies (Licensing Program)

Number of Individuals Served: over 26,000 workshop participants since 2006

Coverage Area: Hudson Valley and Rochester regions, as well as the Southern Tier

Ages served: All ages

Provider Spotlight: Rochester Hearing and Speech Center

Established: 1922

Mission: Communication for Life. Our goal is to help you and those you love share life's most precious moments by helping you develop the best possible hearing and speech abilities at every stage of your life.

President: Thomas Gibbons

Developmental Disability Services:

  • Comprehensive evaluations and early intervention services for children with speech/language delays, including individual and group therapy; parent counseling and education; and therapeutic programs for stuttering, apraxia of speech, and language processing disorders
  • Comprehensive evaluations and therapeutic services for school-aged children with language and learning challenges, social-cognitive skills deficits, stuttering, apraxia of speech, and language processing disorders
  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations for people of all ages
  • Hearing aid dispensing services, including brands and models for all lifestyles and budgets
  • Cochlear implant programming
  • HearTech Center, featuring a wide range of assistive devices for people with hearing loss, as well as hearing protection products to preserve hearing in high-noise environments

Other Services:

  • Free Talk. Read. Succeed. Toolkits to help parents nurture strong speech/language skills to help their children succeed in school
  • Too Loud? Noise awareness campaign to encourage the use of hearing protection in high-noise environments

Number of Employees: 80

Number of Individuals Served: 13,000

Coverage: Monroe and the 7 surrounding counties

Ages served: All ages

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Mission: iCircle Services is a service portal where individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can self-direct, advocate, and secure the supports and services that best fit their needs. We are guided by individual choice, inclusion, diversity, cultural competence, respect, community, learning and empowerment for those we serve.

Vision: iCircle Services will establish a comprehensive, sustainable, trusted, and compassionate system of supports and services that will help empower families and individuals with developmental disabilities to promote their happiness, independence and inclusion as productive members of our community.

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Phone: 1-855-775-3778
Email: info@icirclefl.org
Website: www.icirclefl.org

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