Care Coordination and What Does it Mean

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Beginning a new year, we always look forward to positive change. One of the changes for 2018 is the transformation of services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the State of New York through the formation of Care Coordination Organizations in preparation for Managed Care.   Care Coordinators will develop individualized life plans and coordinate all health, wellness, personal care and behavioral health services to provide innovative person-centered care management to the individuals we serve.

Opengate is a member of the Hudson Valley Service Providers (HVSP.)  HVSP is a group of 22 agencies who grouped together in an effort to have our voices heard on Care Coordination.  Part of our efforts resulted in HVSP joining a larger group, LifePlan, which includes a network of 65 agencies that banded together to form a Care Coordination Organization within our region.

As a member of HVSP we will retain voting rights on the LifePlan board and be a voice for the individuals we serve as the entire state transitions to Care Coordination in July, 2018.

What will this mean for our individuals and families? By integrating services, we will be better able to utilize planning for person-centered care management as well as assist families and individuals to access well-rounded resources. This transition will also allow for better continuity between all care providers.

Care Coordination will have a team led by a Care Manager which will work together to assess and provide services based on individual wants and needs. Care Managers will eventually replace the Medicaid Service Coordinators in a seamless transition allowing for enhanced coordination of services.

The staff at Opengate feels this transition will support our mission to provide the best care possible for our individuals and their families and acknowledge each individual’s needs.

We realize there will be questions as Care Coordination rolls out. Additional information will be mailed to families once Care Coordination agencies are selected by OPWDD.  We are available to answer any questions you may.   In addition, you can access the OPWDD website https://opwdd.ny.gov/  which provides details on Care Coordination.

Our Opengate staff invites you to join with us in welcoming positive change and bright beginnings for the future in 2018.

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Sincerely,

Brian Hulten, CEO

 

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Employee of the Month, January 2018

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Congratulations to Felisha Fuller for being voted the Employee of the Month in January, 2018.

Among her peers, she is known as “Lisa,” the Direct Support Professional with a huge heart for the individuals in her care.

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Felisha Fuller, Employee of the Month

One example of Lisa’s dedication to the individuals is that she has been covering shifts at our Bernstein location due to staff shortages. She gives up her days off to ensure that the residents are properly cared for.

Lisa has been a DSP with Opengate since 2015 and consistently shows her initiative and dedication towards the individuals, the staff and the agency.

We are proud to have DSPs and staff who work together cohesively for the best of care for our individuals, and Felisha Fuller is a fine example of a team leader who recognizes the need and fulfills it without being asked.

Congratulations, Felisha!

 

 


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Employee of the Month: December 2017

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Congratulations to Matthew Koller for being voted the Employee of the Month in December, 2017.

 

FullSizeRenderSometimes it’s the little things that count.  Matthew Koller has been observed by his peers performing special deeds that have so much meaning, such as reading stories to a blind individual, encouraging bike rides, and the ability to keep calm and positive during stressful situations.

Matthew makes the extra effort to support the achievements and performances of the individuals in his care, often working overtime hours. He is described as dependable and creates a positive environment for the individuals and staff members.

Nominated and voted by his peers, Matthew’s daily interactions are considered by all as inspiration to do the best job possible. In fact, one nominee describes him as a “hero.”

Opengate is honored to have Matthew as a treasured employee.

Congratulations, Matthew!


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DSP of the Year 2017: Valrie Watson

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Valrie Watson, DSP of the Year

Since 2005, Valrie Watson has exemplified the core values that define Opengate in her position as a Direct Support Professional. We search for employees that are dedicated, diligent and filled with compassion and Valrie fills all these requirements.

She is described by staff and her peers as someone who personifies kindness, and is caring, conscientious, and always goes beyond what’s expected of her when it comes to the care of our individuals.

Many are dependent on Valrie, staff and individuals alike, and she always provides the best she has to offer in all situations. She is well respected by everyone in the agency.

Valrie Watson joins several other qualified nominees this year: James Gbla, Nicole Pratt, Tashema Griffiths, Ramon Simmonds, Sarah Louise Smith, Patricia Jordan, Felisha Fuller, Andrea Davis, Carolyn Newton and Sonia Parkinson.

Congratulations, Valrie Watson, Direct Support Professional of the Year 2017!


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Spotlight on Jim Winfield, DSP

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Jim Winfield, DSP

Since 1998, Jim Winfield’s devoted and humble heart has provided the highest quality of care to the residents at Opengate. As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) he has shown exemplary dedication and attention to detail in all he does.

Jim also provides time for outings and appointments for individuals which assures they always receive proper care.  His knowledge of diet orders, medical needs, and program parameters is beneficial to not only our individuals but also to the staff members who work with him.

Opengate residents participate annually in Miracle League Baseball and this year Jim asked to be our representative DSP. Every Monday morning he packed lunches, checked each uniform for neatness, and made sure that sun block was properly applied. After the game, Jim had cold water ready for the participants and a fully gassed van with the air conditioner running. Often, they would share lunch and he would accompany residents to local historic sites to make the day even more enriching.

Jim Winfield’s dedication to Opengate and our individuals was revealed when he suffered a life-threatening illness. As soon as he was able, he immediately arrived prepared to work his shift.

All the support staff at Opengate feel lucky to have Jim on board as the finest representation of how a DSP provides care and services to our residents. His example to others, along with his outlook on life and energetic personality, make Jim outstanding in the field of DSPs.


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