Hometown Care, Centered on You

Issue #68

May 2014

Community Connection

Message from the Board

Greetings! It is hard to believe we are entering the month of June already! We hope everyone enjoyed the summer-like weather this past week.

Acting OPWDD Commissioner Laurie Kelley was in the region May 22nd and May 23rd to participate in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day in Niagara Falls, in addition, to meeting with over 25 Agency Executives from OPWDD’s Region 1. At the meeting, she reported the 1915 b & c waiver will not move through approval at CMS until the current workload related to rate setting is completed. She indicated it will then require another 3-6 months after that to complete review and approval. Acting Commissioner Kelley reported that an RFA will be released for entities to apply to become DISCOs and will be modeled after the MLTC program. She indicated there are licensed Article 44 agencies whose current status as such will facilitate the DISCO approval process should they decide to apply and the door is open to for profit companies to apply. She stated the roll-out into managed care will be gradual and enrollment will be done by a third party entity starting with the counties that are most ready. She did state the priority of counties has not yet been established. It is expected to be two years of voluntary enrollment to start in mid-2015.

As we learn more, we will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for staying engaged and connected to iCircle Services! Have a great week!

OPWDD Videoconference

On Friday, June 6, 2014, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers with an update on Transformation and the People First Waiver. 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 serve basis. To register to attend, please email your visit the OPWDD site here.

Videoconferences Will Take Place at the following locations

  • Broome – Binghamton (Glenwood Road – Theater)
  • Broome – Ithaca
  • Broome – Norwich (Kemper Lane)
  • Broome – Oneonta
  • Central NY – Syracuse (Northern Concourse – Regional Training Center)
  • Central NY – Syracuse (West Fayette Street)
  • Finger Lakes – Elmira
  • Finger Lakes – Newark (Room V149)
  • Finger Lakes – Rochester (25 Leaf)

Program Spotlight: Structured Day Program

Providing a place where people can build relationships with one another in a positive, fun filled atmosphere is the philosophy behind Compassionate Care’s Structured Day Program. The program serves individuals who have suffered either a traumatic brain injury or an acquired brain injury, and that are enrolled in the TBI Waiver Program. Sustaining a traumatic brain injury often results in depression or isolation, as family members and friends often are unable to adjust to their changes in personality and ability. The program gives individuals an opportunity to meet others who have sustained similar injuries and to build relationships with them.

Complete with a large screen TV, computers, weekly outings in the community and the popular karaoke night, the program is one of the most ‘unstructured’ in the area as it centers around the interests of the people who participate. Activities fluctuate based on the suggestions from the participants and focus on increasing social skills and interacting in the community, resulting in a more fulfilling life.  

Here is what a few participants had to say about the program:

“It gives me a reason to wake up in the morning. The benefits for me cannot be realistically measured.” C.S.

“SDP is the biggest joy in my life. It gives me something to do. I love it a lot. I like helping people when we volunteer at the nursing home. I have made a lot of friends and we’re like a big family”. M.S.

“I respect all of those who care in the program. I can see and identify with everyone else's problems here because their problems are similar to mine. I have learned to become more patient here and I have made a lot of friends”. S.N.

“It is something to do to keep me active and alive. Never enough time.” S.S.

The structured day program provides participants with a needed sense of community integration that may otherwise be missing from their life after such a devastating injury. Currently, they have 18 TBI Waiver participants attending the program. The program serves Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Chenango County. For more information contact Marci Craven at 607-757-2550 ext. 103 or visit the website here.


Please RSVP to one of the upcoming provider meetings by emailing info@icirclecny.org or calling 1-844-iCircle.

Thank you for your Support!

iCircle Services

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.

Contact Us:
Phone: 1-844-iCircle (424-7253)
Email: info@icirclecny.org
Website: www.icirclecny.org

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