Dear Service Recipients and Family Members, 

I would like to share some information with you about upcoming changes in Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) for people with I/DD in New York State (NYS), as well as DDI’s role in the process.

What is Changing about MSC?
OPWDD is changing the way MSC services are delivered and reimbursed. Beginning July 2018, MSC will become “Health Home Care Management”. Care Management services will be delivered by a new type of organization, called a Care Coordination Organization/Health Home (CCO/HH). CCOs are organizations that were formed by existing developmental disability service providers like DDI. These new organizations will be staffed by Care Managers with training and experience in the field of developmental disabilities (our former MSCs). The CCO/HH that DDI partnered with is Advance Care Alliance of NY (ACANY). 


Read more: Changes in Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) for people with I/DD in New York State


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The Children’s Day Program (CDP) is committed to providing high-quality instruction to their students in an environment that promotes success and a lifetime of learning. For several years, CDP has embraced and promoted Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).


Read more: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) - DDI's Children's Day Program



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Last month, members of DDI’s Adult Services #Self-Advocacy Group got the chance to get an up close and personal tour of the News 12 Long Island studio in Westbury. During the tour, they met Leslie Kilmer, who set the visit up and walked the group through the studio. She took them into the control room and introduced everyone to the employees that put the graphics together for the station.


Read more: DDI’s Adult Services Self-Advocacy Group Visits News 12 Long Island

As we celebrate #WorldAutismDay, take a look at this short video that offers insight into the complexity of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and the importance of education, advocacy, and research in the world of #autism – today and every day. #autismresearch #autismsupport #WAAD18 


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To view the library of training and research videos from the New York State #CentersofExcellence, please CLICK HERE. 




March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) has shifted its focus to the importance of inclusion and living life side by side.


This year’s theme, “See Me for Me!” emphasizes looking beyond someone’s disability and seeing them as a person with ABILITY. #DDAwareness18 #Inclusion #seemeforme