Special Needs Professionals Honored: Advance Care Alliance partners with Council on Quality and Leadership to enhance services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Press Release
Contact: Lee Rambeau Advance Care Alliance Phone: 646.741.6835 lrambeau@advancecarealliance.org

The Advance Care Alliance of New York (ACA) celebrated the graduation of 222 special needs professionals, on June 14, 2016 at the Hutchinson Metro Conference Center in the Bronx and on June 15, 2016 at the Center for Developmental Disabilities in Woodbury, Long Island. Each graduate was certified in Personal Outcome Measures® (POM), a nationally recognized training program offered through The Council on Quality and Leadership. The training prepared staff to provide enhanced person-centered services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) awarded ACA and 100 other organizations across the state, funding to support this and a variety of other initiatives through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Transformation Funds. More than $65 million in short term grants were provided statewide.

Investments from the BIP grants are part of the state's effort to implement a transformation of existing Medicaid and Medicare services to managed care, enabling a broad network of providers, advocates, and community leaders to develop systemic improvements to delivery systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and enhance the availability of integrated community supports and self-directed, personcentered services. ACA is a partnership of three provider networks-Alliance Care Network, Advance of Greater New York, and Long Island Alliance-who together represent more than 100 well-established, not-for-profit agencies operating in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. ACA's agencies provide high-quality services to over 25,000 people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families, funded and overseen by New York State's OPWDD.

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