iCircle Services - Supporting Individual Choice and Empowerment
November 2013

Community Connection

Issue #40

Message from the Board

On Friday, November 1st, representatives from iCircle Services attended the Finger Lakes Family Support Services Advisory Council conference on “Managed Care Planning for Your Loved One with Special Needs” held at the Radisson Hotel in Rochester, NY. The conference was attended by approximately 75 families. Gerald Huber, the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Person-Centered Supports for OPWDD, presented information to families on the change to managed care. He also indicated that the first enrollment for DISCOs will begin in the 4th quarter of 2014. Sy Zielinski, iCircle Board Member, had the opportunity to present information about iCircle Services and was able to answer questions from families about iCircle’s philosophy, network development, community participation and how the changes will affect them. Overall, it was another great opportunity for iCircle to connect and share with families about our network, and we look forward to participating in more of these educational events in the future. Please let us know if you would be interested in having us present to families in your area.

Reminder: Statewide People First Waiver & Transformation Agreement Videoconference

On Monday, November 18, 2013, from 11am to 1 pm, OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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 served basis. To register to attend, please email your People First Waiver liaison and let him or her know at which site you will attend.

Provider Spotlight: Central New York Services

Established: 1983

Mission: Our Mission is to provide caring and compassionate services to individuals with behavioral health needs by embracing their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences and helping the person to realize his or her goals.

Executive Director/CEO: John J. Warren

Developmental Disability Services: Our PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) program welcomes individuals who have developmental disabilities. Please see our website for detailed information.

Other Services: Substance abuse and mental health recovery programs for adults and teens, housing assistance, residential housing, forensic programs, financial programs, and Medicaid service coordination

Number of Employees: 220

Number of Individuals Served: 4,500

Coverage Area: Onondaga, Madison and Oneida Counties

Ages Served: 18+ (with the exception of our teenage outpatient substance abuse treatment program which serves ages 13+)

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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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