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Managed Care: The Future of Supports


The system of supports for people with developmental disabilities has evolved over the years from an institution-based system to a community-based support system based on meeting the needs of each person. This evolution was brought about by the people that we support, their family members, providers and our staff all working together.


Managed care is the next step in this important evolution, strengthening the coordination of each person’s supports, ensuring quality and challenging providers to deliver outcomes by helping people achieve their goals.


The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is holding the first of many public forums that will be hosted by our Regional Directors for people we support and their families across New York State to provide information and answer questions regarding our evolution to managed care. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what matters most to you when it comes to your services.


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 public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date. These forums are intended for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. Separate forums will be made available to provider agencies and OPWDD staff.


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


Western NY

Tuesday, November 13th

6 to 8 PM

People Inc./Southeast Works

181 Lincoln Avenue


Registration Contact: Donna Koblich 

(716) 517-2010


Finger Lakes

Wednesday, November 14th

4 to 6 PM

Al Sigl Center (Mary Cariola Children’s Center)

1000 Elmwood Avenue


Registration Contact: Amy Hoffower

(585) 241-5760


Southern Tier

Wednesday, November 14th

5 to 7 PM

Southern Tier Independence Center

135 East Frederick Street


Registration Contact: Dayna Saraceno  

(607) 771-7784 ext. 0


Central NY

Thursday, November 15th

5 to 7 PM

NYS Fairgrounds

Women’s Building, Martha Eddy Room

581 State Fair Boulevard


Registration Contact: Sandy Smith    

(315) 473-6901 


North Country

Friday, November 16th 2018

3:30 to 5:30 PM

Clinton County Mental Health

130 Arizona Avenue  #1500


Registration Contact: Melissa Lapierre   

(518) 359-7731


Hudson Valley

Monday, November 26th

5 to 7 PM

OPWDD Region 3 – Tarrytown Office

220 White Plains Road


Registration Contact: Suzanne Toscano    

(845) 947-6390


Thursday, November 29th

5 to 7 PM

OPWDD Region 3 – Poughkeepsie Office

38 Fireman’s Way


Registration Contact: Julia Piwinski  

(845) 877-6821 X4708


Capital Region

Thursday, November 29th    

12 to 2 PM

Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center

500 Balltown Road, Building 3, Room 2    


Registration Contact:  Karen Francisco  

(518) 388-0431


Metro NY

Thursday, November 15th

5 to 7 PM


177 Livingston Street


Registration Contact: Nikia Baker  

(646) 766-3662


Tuesday, November 27th

5 to 7 PM

Interagency Council on Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IACDDA)

15th Floor

150 West 30th Street


Registration Contact: Nikia Baker  

(646) 766-3662


Long Island

Wednesday, November 28th

6 to 8 PM

OPWDD Region 5 – Long Island Office

Multi-purpose Room

415A Oser Avenue


Registration Contacts:

Michelle Giuliano:  

(631) 416-3838

Stephanie Ginsberg: 

(631) 416-3903


* Each forum will be hosted by OPWDD’s Regional Office Directors. Regional Directors will ask people from the audience to share what matters most to them when it comes to their services. Comments can also be submitted in writing.


To register for the forum nearest to you, please call or e-mail the regional office staff listed above by three business days before the event.  Along with your reservation, please indicate if you need special accommodations, including language translation.


Find out what you need to know and get your questions answered at the OPWDD Regional Managed Care Forum nearest you – we hope to see you there.

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