June 2013


Issue Nineteen

Message from the Board

Greetings iCircle Network Providers! We would like to welcome two new members to the iCircle Board: Lori VanAuken, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services, and David Wissink, Executive Director of Exceptional Family Resources. In addition to the election of two new members, iCircle has appointed two new officer positions. Congratulations to Mary Boatfield, President/CEO of Happiness House, appointed Vice Chair, and Hilda Rosario-Escher, President/CEO of Ibero-American Action League, appointed Treasurer.

Our network has grown to over 70 providers, so be sure to stay up to date on our current providers.

This week we highlight two providers: Huntington Family Centers, Inc. and Monroe Wheelchair. We will continue to showcase the wonderful services being providing across the Central New York region each week, and we hope you enjoy learning about each other. Have a great week!

Update from OPWDD

OPWDD has released their June update which states that 35 eligible organizations have submitted letters of intent to become DISCOs. iCircle is one of two entities intending to serve the Central New York area. This graph, included in the June update, shows the regions of those who have submitted letters.

Save the Date

Upcoming Joint Waiver Discussion Board and Voluntary Agency Quarterly Videoconference

On Monday, July 15, 2013 from 9am until 11am, OPWDD will host the next quarterly, joint statewide videoconference for both People First Waiver Discussion Boards and voluntary agency service providers to offer an update on key elements of the People First Waiver. A list of videoconference sites will be posted on the People First Waiver web page under “Latest People First Waiver News.” Discussion Board members and staff from provider agencies should e-mail their People First Waiver Liaison to register for the videoconference. Following each videoconference, the PowerPoint and a video of each presentation will be posted on the People First Waiver web page.

Provider Spotlight: Huntington Family Centers

Established: 1919

Mission: Huntington Family Centers, Inc., a settlement house, dedicated to the dignity and self-worth of all individuals, is committed to enhancing the lives of families and children for the future of our community; we accomplish this through diverse, year round programming designed to strengthen individuals and families in a safe, caring environment.    

Executive Director/CEO: Mary Lou Sayles

Developmental Disability Services: Family Support Services 

Other Services: 

  • CAPP: education for youth and teens about their sexual health and development. 
  • HOPE (Huntington Observation and Parent Education): this is a supervised visitation and parent education program for parents with children in foster care. The primary goal of the program is to safely reunify families.
  • Family Support Network: year-round parenting program for parents of all learning abilities. The goal is to improve family functioning and help parents develop the skills, abilities and insights to successfully care for their children.
  • Young Parents Program: a program for pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers ages 13-21 of all abilities. The primary long-term goal of the Young Parents Program is to provide parents with the necessary and appropriate skills to foster a sustained healthy relationship with their children.
  • Hello Baby: this is a home based intervention program designed to assist pregnant and postpartum women to care for themselves and their children. The goals are to support best possible pregnancy outcomes, deliveries, and health babies and moms through a weekly support/education group and individual supports as needed.
  • Pre-School: classroom programming for toddlers, 3 year olds and a Universal Pre K for 4 year olds. The primary goal is to promote school success by providing positive role models and social experience geared toward development of character, strong values, and healthy relationships.
  • Youth After school program: afterschool programming for kids 5-12 years old that offers a fun and structured environment for tutoring, recreation, and social interactions.
  • Youth Day Camp: Summer camp programming for kids ages 5-17 that offers supervised activities for 6 weeks each summer. Camp activities include games, arts and crafts, field trips and leadership opportunities.
  • Teen Program: this program provides a positive youth development experience for teens in a safe and structured environment. Special emphasis is placed on accepting and respecting others’ differences, developing a positive identity, empowering teens and treating them as valued members of the community. 
  • Clover Corner: this is a program for seniors, age 60 and over which offers daily opportunities for socialization, information, education, and leisure activities.
  • Neighborhood Advisor: This program provides intensive outreach and referrals to persons 60 years of age and older. The primary goals are to lessen isolation and enable them to experience their highest degree of independence.
  • Brighton Towers Service Coordination: this is an onsite assistance program offered to seniors who are residents at Brighton Towers. The primary goal is to help clients remain in their residence. 
  • Family Support for Student Success: In partnership with DSS, Say Yes to Education, and Promise Zone, this program provides school and community/home based supports to help families and students identify and remove barriers to school success.
  • HASOTP (Huntington Adolescent Safe Options Treatment Program): this program works with youth who have exhibited sexually reactive or aggressive behaviors. Therapists work with the youth and families on individualized goals with a primary goal of lowering the youth’s risk to sexually act out.
  • Emergency Services: food pantry is available five days/week with morning and afternoon times. The Trading Post offers donated clothing and household items for anyone in the neighborhood.

Number of Employees: 85

Number of Individuals Served: 5,920 individuals were served in 2012

Coverage Area: Onondaga County, Oswego County

Ages Served: 1-95

Provider Spotlight: Monroe Wheelchair

Established: 1941

Mission: Monroe Wheelchair is committed to providing expert care with the latest technology available for mobility, home health care and patient room equipment. Through our dedication to a higher level of care and outstanding customer service, our patients can enjoy a life of independence, function, health and comfort. Our motto is “Let Our Family Take Care of Your Family”.     

Executive Director/CEO: Doug Westerdahl

Developmental Disability Services: Mobility Equipment Provider, Provide Equipment Service & Repair to Residential or Day Habilitation Sites

Other Services: Manual & Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Home Medical Supplies, Walking Aids, Seat Lift Chairs, Bariatric Products, Alternative & Augmentative Communication, Accessibility Products (Vehicle Lifts, Ramps, Stair Lifts), Equipment Service & Repair, Home Evaluations, Pressure Mapping, Custom Seating, Rental Options,  Pick-up/Delivery of Equipment, Bilingual Customer Service Staff, Insurance Billing

Number of Employees: 72

Number of Individuals Served: 5,000 annually across New York State

Coverage Area: 

  • Rochester Branch - Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates
  • Albany/Capital Region - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Renssalaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington
  • CNY Region - Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence

Ages Served: All - anyone with mobility needs from pediatric to geriatric.

Thank you for your Support!

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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
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