Hometown Care, Centered on You

Issue #57

March 2014

Community Connection

Message from the Board

We thank you for staying connected and engaged with iCircle Services each week. We continue to work with the NYS Department of Health toward approval and operation of a Managed Long-Term Care plan. We anticipate being able to conduct a readiness review with the NYS DOH in the coming weeks. It is a fairly extensive process as a thorough review is done of all iCircle ’s policies and procedures, in addition to, supporting documentation and marketing materials. We are very appreciative of the NYS DOH for all their assistance, feedback and recommendations as we finalize the operational development of iCircle Care.    

All of the process and development of the MLTC plan for iCircle has provided excellent insight, experience, and preparedness into offering a comprehensive care management plan for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities upon release of the final RFA from OPWDD to operate a DISCO.

The most exciting thing is being on the forefront of transformation for Medicaid managed care. It is only with your support and expertise of delivering community based services, will iCircle be able to keep our promise of enriched lives through quality, knowledgeable and compassionate hometown care to future members.

Things are really moving along and we look forward to sharing progress with you each week. Thanks again for your continued support of iCircle Services, Inc. 

What Can You Do Now?

We encourage our network providers to begin to assist anyone who meets eligibility requirements for managed long term care in obtaining Medicaid. In order to receive the services offered under a long-term care plan, people must first be Medicaid approved. As a reminder, people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities are not eligible for Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care. To review eligibility requirements for MLTC, please click here. Assisting people now who may qualify, to obtain Medicaid, will help make enrollment into a MLTC plan of their choice a more efficient process for the enrollee.  

New York Medicaid Choice

New York Medicaid Choice (NYMC) is the managed care enrollment program for the NY Department of Health. Click Here to Learn More or to Apply for Medicaid. To learn more about Medicaid please click here.


OPWDD Residential Resources Webinar

OPWDD’s Division of Person-Centered Supports and Office of Home and Community Living, is hosting its first statewide forum of 2014, focusing on creating a continuum of housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This forum will feature the innovative work and best practices of DDRO Region 1.

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Locations vary across the region and you can also listen online.

Major highlights of the forum will include:

An introduction to Region 1’s housing resources and its track record of innovative practice in the provision of housing services;

A look at the challenges facing its housing system, and how Region 1 proposes to move ahead on a long-term plan for housing services within the region;

Comments from housing experts both internal to, and external from, the OPWDD system, as we interact on ways to “better” advance housing choice within the region.

Register now by clicking here.

Several providers from iCircle's network will have their innovative housing options featured. 

Service Spotlight:

Aging Services at the Community Place

The Community Place of Greater Rochester provides the older adult population with both group and individual programs designed to provide services to elders and their care partners, as well as, to provide opportunities for older adults to make a difference in our community through civic engagement.

The Aging Services Department at The Community Place provides programs and services designed to meet the needs of older adults and caregivers while earning a small stipend.

Aging Services Help Foster Community Engagement

Care management:

Through collaboration with Eldersource, Community Place offers bi-lingual Spanish care managers to actively identify those in need of assistance and link them to services, information and referrals and throughout Monroe County.

Foster Grandparent Program:

Aging Services at Community Place enrolls men and women who are 55 years and older and have limited incomes, to volunteer with children at area schools and childcare centers. Foster grandparents volunteer 15-40 hours a week at 36 area sites throughout Monroe County. Foster grandparents provide mentoring, tutoring and the extra needed love and attention the children in our community need to become successful.

Students and teachers both benefit from the wisdom and experience of Foster Grandparents as they work one-on-one and in small groups with children providing academic, as well as social and emotional support, helping children to succeed.

Senior Companion Program:

Senior Companionship is available for men and women living in Monroe and Livingston counties who are age 55 years and older and have limited incomes, to volunteer between 15 and 40 hours a week with frail older adults in our community. Senior companions provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other essential errands. Companions also provide caregiver respite, meal prep, socialization, assistance with laundry and other needed in-home services for frail older adults.

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions who meet income eligibility guidelines receive a small tax-free stipend to support their volunteer efforts. This stipend cannot be counted as income.  The program allows healthy active older adults to become engaged in their community, stay active and healthy and also receive much-needed income.

The Center at Parsells

Community Place offers a senior center that is open to all older adults age 60 years and older. Seniors are provided a hot lunch,  as well as, a full range of social and wellness programs and activities. Programming includes; twice weekly exercise class, the Eat Better Move More evidence-based program once a week, day trips, shopping outings, arts and crafts, parties and much more. A family away from home, the Center is a warm, fun environment where older adults make new friends, stay healthy and connected to the community.  Participants have access to the full range of services The Community Place offers.

The Senior Center is located at 145 Parsells Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609.

To Learn More About Aging Services at The Community Place of Greater Rochester, please visit their website by clicking here or call (585) 288-0021. 


Thank you for your Support!

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Mission: It is the goal of iCircle Services to be a service portal where individuals 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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