iCircle Services - Supporting Individual Choice and Empowerment
September 2013

Community Connection

Issue #34

Message from the Board

As we travel around the iCircle network region, it has become more apparent that individuals and families recognize and embrace the changes that are coming in the OPWDD system. Even though there are still many questions, there is also a resonating sense of hope that this new service environment will provide opportunities for more flexibility, access, innovation and collaboration around services (perhaps some that were previously unavailable) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is important that providers begin, or continue, to communicate with families and individuals throughout this transformation. Despite the lack of movement with the DISCO application process, we can still drive quality, access, and new opportunities for people to get the services that they need. We encourage providers to collaborate, network, and share ideas now, to foster creativity and innovation for service options in your community in the future. Our focus groups will wrap up this week, and we thank you for continuing to share with us in these conversations. If you know someone who would like to receive a copy of this newsletter, please send their email address to info@icirclecny.org.

Share Your Personal Stories

As you may have seen in our recent issues, we have been including stories of personal success in the community, as well as, sharing experiences of family members as they navigate new service options. Do you have a story that you would like to share with others in our iCircle community? Your story might provide encouragement and insight for others. Please send your ideas to info@icirclecny.org.

Provider Spotlight: Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Established: 1923

Mission: Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is dedicated to caring for those in need while promoting human development, collaboration, and the elimination of poverty and injustice. We strive to empower those served to transform their lives in the spirit of God’s love and compassion.

Executive Director: Michael F. Melara

Developmental Disability Services: Respite/Skill Building (Four Locations: Northside CYO, Bishop Foery Foundation, Hawley Youth Organization, Vincent House); Medicaid Service Coordination

Other Services:

  • Behavioral Health - Hope Connections
  • Parent Education - Better Beginnings; Parent Aide Program; Healthy Start; Parenting Classes; Healthy Teens, Healthy Babies
  • Children & Teens - Pre-School Programs; After-School & Summer Programs; Teen Program
  • Elderly Services - Transportation Services; Neighborhood Advisors; Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program; Representative Payee Program; Adult Aides; Project Fix
  • Refugees - Resettlement Services; Refugee Youth Outreach Program; Job Training Programs
  • Emergency Services, Shelters & Housing - Supportive Housing; Relocation Assistance for Homeless or Housing Vulnerable Individuals and Families; Emergency Services; Emergency Shelter for Men; Emergency Shelter for Women and children; Food Pantry

Number of Employees: 324

Number of Individuals Served: 22,000 per year

Coverage Area: Onondaga County

Ages Served: Infant to Senior Citizen

Provider Spotlight: CP Rochester’s Family Dental Center

Established: 2008

Mission: CP Rochester’s Family Dental Center is committed to providing premier oral care to all community members, with a special focus on meeting the needs of people with developmental, cognitive, mobility, and physical disabilities.         
President: Mary Walsh Boatfield
Developmental Disability Services: CP Rochester’s Family Dental Center provides compassionate dental and periodontal care in a completely accessible, state-of-the-art facility. As a full-service dental office, the staff at the CP Rochester Family Dental Center diagnose and treat problems with teeth and tissue, remove tooth decay, fill cavities, clean and polish teeth, take and examine x-rays, repair fractured teeth, and more. The Center features overhead lift systems and articulated dental chairs designed to meet the needs of people who can walk, as well as those who rely on adaptive equipment and/or wheelchairs for ambulation. In addition to specialized training to care for people with disabilities, the staff are experts at calming patients and reducing anxiety. The Center accepts a wide variety of insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Other Services:
The Family Dental Center offers high-definition panoramic x-rays which provide a more complete picture in a more comfortable fashion than traditional bite-wing x-rays.
Number of Employees: Six (two dentists, two hygienists, one assistant, one coordinator)

Number of Individuals Served: 1,100 patients
Coverage Area: The entire Rochester and Finger Lakes region, but mostly Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.
Ages Served: Adults and children with and without disabilities

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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.

Contact Us:
Phone: 1-855-775-3778
Email: info@icirclecny.org
Website: www.icirclecny.org

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