iCircle Services - Supporting Individual Choice and Empowerment
July 2013


Issue #25

Message from the Board

Greetings! Last week we sent out an electronic survey to all of our network providers. It is extremely important to us that you complete this survey so that we have valuable input from all of our providers as we develop iCircle. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please be sure to do so by July 30th. We appreciate your feedback!

Over 60 providers from Region 2 were present last Thursday, July 18th for a meeting with OPWDD leadership. Providers were able to hear from three organizations who are intending to become a DISCO. iCircle was able to present on our approach and philosophy and answer questions for providers. OPWDD presented on the transition to managed care and working within a DISCO network. OPWDD reported negotiations with CMS continue and they expect to have approval of the Waiver by October. The Medicaid rate setting function for OPWDD Medicaid Services has transitioned to the Department of Health and the DOH is working with OPWDD on the voluntary rate rationalization. The next steps for OPWDD are a formal release of the DISCO RFA, implementation planning for launching DISCOs and cross system care management. Programs and policies will be redesigned to meet the transformation agreement commitment in regards to employment, self-direction, and community housing. OPWDD will have continued dialogue with individuals, families and providers throughout this process.
iCircle held its Rochester region provider meeting on Wednesday, July 24th, where those in attendance received important updates on the DISCO’s development. If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the presentation from yesterday's session, please email info@icirclefl.org and we will be happy to send it to you. We look forward to meeting with providers in the Southern Tier and Syracuse regions next week!

Upcoming Provider Meetings

Please RSVP to info@icirclefl.org or by calling (585) 347-1616 or 1-855-775-3778.

Southern Tier Region
July 31, 2013
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Southern Tier Independence Center
135 East Frederick Street
Binghamton, NY 13904

Syracuse Region
August 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Onondaga Community Living
518 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

Provider Spotlight: Advocates, Inc.

Established: 1995

Mission: An organization founded and governed by individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. The mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to lead fully inclusive lives in their community.      

Executive Director/CEO: Nicholas Cappoletti

Developmental Disability Services: Advocacy, System Access, Family Education and Training, Medicaid Service Coordination, Brokerage (Person Centered Planning and Self Direction), Fiscal Management Services

Other Services: Agency with Choice services for independent living (supported work and 24X7 housing supports through self direction), Family Recreation, Family Support Services

Number of Employees: 260

Number of Individuals Served: 700

Coverage Area: Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga, and Cortland counties

Ages Served: Children-Adults

Provider Spotlight: Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & the Finger Lakes Chapter

Established: 1981

Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

President/CEO: David Midland

Developmental Disability Services:

  • Provide Consultation Services for staff at Residential Habs, Day Programs, MSCs
  • Respite Services
  • Dementia education for families and care providers
  • Monthly Face to Face Visits with Consumers
  • Home Safety Assessments

Other Services: Early stage programs including: support groups, supportive activities such as music therapy, art therapy and social programs for individuals with dementia and developmental disabilities. Community education is provided at various Monroe County Libraries through a program called "Neighbor Next Door Series"  All groups are open to family caregivers and persons with dementia.

Number of Employees: 17

Number of Individuals Served: 67 individuals through the OPWDD/OPTS program (primarily at various res habs and a few family care homes); Provide information and referrals to over 6,000 customers per year through all the services the Alzheimer's Association provides to the general public.

Coverage Area: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Livingston, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, and Steuben counties

Ages Served: mid-30s to over 100

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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@icirclefl.org
Website: www.icirclefl.org

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