July 2013


Issue #22

Message from the Board

OPWDD has announced that they are revising the draft Request for Applications (RFA) to form a Developmental Disabilities Individual Support and Care Coordination Organization (DISCO) and will post an updated version later this month. The updated draft RFA will contain greater detail about the operational, fiscal and reporting requirements that will govern specialized managed care operations for individuals with developmental disabilities. OPWDD expects to release the final RFA, to which organizations will respond with applications, for New York State later this summer. OPWDD will review the applications it receives and assess the readiness of each applicant for operating a DISCO. The timeline for operation as a DISCO will begin in 2014.

First POM Training Session a Success

We completed POM Training Session 1 on June 28th. It was a very informative and educational training for all who attended. One staff member who participated shared these thoughts with us: “I think that this training challenges everything you ever thought you were doing, tied to quality of services and continuous improvement. As agencies, we need to move from providing quality services within systems to providing quality services based on individuals and their expectations. It also challenges us to take a deeper look at what quality truly means from the individual perspective and all the things we as non-disabled individuals view and take for granted. We've come a long way but we still have a ways to go. I also learned that it is not a poor reflection on us as an agency if we don't meet the POMs, it just means that we have more work to do. It really is a wonderfully beneficial training and I cannot wait to be able to share it with others.”

If you weren’t able to attend our first POM Training Session, there are two more sessions remaining. Session 2 is scheduled for July 23rd-26th at Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton and Session 3 is scheduled for Aug. 20th-23rd at CDS Monarch in Webster. To reserve your spot, please send your completed registration form to Stacey.Coons-Talbott@CDSMonarch.org.

Updated Timeline for Transition to Managed Care

August 2013
Post final Request for Applications for DISCOs

October 1, 2013
Anticipated approval of waiver applications by CMS

January 2014
DISCOs begin pre-enrolling volunteer members

April 1, 2014
DISCOs begin coordinating care for enrolled members

Fall 2014
DOH duals demonstration begins enrolling members into the first FIDAs (fully integrated care for Medicare and Medicaid eligible individuals)

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). 

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: Center for Disability Rights

Established: Incorporated in 1990

Mission: “The Center for Disability Rights works for the full integration, independence and civil rights of people with disabilities.”
CEO & COO: Bruce Darling, CEO; Chris Hilderbrant, COO
Developmental Disability Services: Medicaid Service Coordination, Group Day Habilitation, Community Habilitation, Individual Day Habilitation
Other Services: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Service Coordination, Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Service Coordination, Community Integration Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Structured Day Program, Drop-In Recreation, Family Support Services-Recreation, Support Service Provider for the Deaf-Blind Community, Pooled Trust, Systems Advocacy, Information and Referral, Benefits Advisement, Loan Closet and Veterans Outreach 
CDR is particularly focused on serving underserved populations in the community including members of the LGBT and the Deaf community. We are also focused on transitioning people from facilities to living independently in the community.
Number of Employees: Approximately 1,000
Number of Individuals Served: Approximately 3,344
Coverage Area: Depends on each service, but services are provided in the following counties:

  • Rochester Region: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates
  • Southern Tier: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Otsego
  • Buffalo Region: Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming

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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