FYI: People First Care Coordination: Announcement of Additional Forums

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As you may know, People First Care Coordination, part of OPWDD’s ongoing transformation agenda, will integrate the coordination of services for individuals with developmental disabilities with the coordination of health, wellness, and behavioral health services through a single and individualized Life Plan. Implementation is planned for July 2018 with the establishment of Care Coordination Organization/Health Homes (CCO/HHs). The CCO/HHs will be operated by experienced providers of supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To provide you with information about next year’s transition to People First Care Coordination, OPWDD is hosting more regional public forums across the State. These forums will be held in addition to similar forums hosted earlier in November. There was a great level of interest in the forums, and these additional forums are being made available as further opportunities to learn about People First Care Coordination.

In order to accommodate the greatest number of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, we ask that you attend no more than one People First Care Coordination public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date. Thank you for your cooperation.

Our stakeholders are cordially invited to attend the forum most convenient to your location:


Monday, November 27

InterAgency Council on Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IACDDA), 15th Floor, 150 W. 30th St., Manhattan, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local Contact: Kathleen Kingston: (646) 766-3385


Tuesday, November 28

OPWDD Regional Office, 415-A Oser Ave., Hauppauge, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local contacts: Michelle Giuliano: (631) 416-3838 and Stephanie Ginsberg: (631) 416-3903


Wednesday, November 29

OPWDD Regional Office, 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local Contact: Dayna Saraceno: (607) 771-7784, Ext. 124


Thursday, November 30

The Pieters Family Life Center at Heritage Christian Services, 1025 Commons Way, Rochester, 7:00-8:30 pm

Local Contact: Amanda Galloway: (585) 241-5742


Monday, December 4

OPWDD Regional Office, VC-2 Building 80, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local Contact: Jackie Bonilla: (718) 217-5890,


Monday, December 4

OPWDD Regional Office, 5 Wilbur Road, Conference Room 2, Thiells, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local Contact: Valerie Austin: (845) 947-6060


Wednesday, December 6

Tupper Lake Public Safety Building, 21 Santa Clara Ave., Tupper Lake, 5:00-7:00 pm

Local Contacts: Jim Tebo: (518) 359-4126 and Eric Pasternak: (518) 359-4330


To register for the forum nearest to you, please call or e-mail the regional office staff listed above by five business days before the event.

Each forum will be hosted by OPWDD’s Regional Office Director and will have OPWDD representatives on hand to answer any questions.

If you can’t make it to your region’s forum in person, the presentation will be made available on the OPWDD website.

Find out what you need to know and get your questions answered at the OPWDD regional People First Care Coordination forum nearest you – we hope to see you there.


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