Opengate joins the nation in recognizing the hard work and service of DSPs during the annual National Direct Support Professional Week, September 9-15, 2018. In addition to their dedication, compassion, and skills, they fulfill a critical role in the lives of the vulnerable people who need them most.
When faced with the overwhelming task of securing support services for an individual with disabilities, parents and/or caregivers often are not completely equipped for the long and arduous process.
Opengate staff member, Dr. Amy Ruppmann, recently assisted a neighboring family who reached out to us for help applying for Medicaid Waiver service.
As you can see by the following letter, Amy was able to step in before the family became disheartened by all that is required.
The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has recently revamped their evaluation tool with the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) designed to feel more like a conversation between the individual and those close to them to acquire the best possible information about the person and their specific needs.
This was a winter for the record books! Back to back snowstorms were a huge challenge with bad weather and hazardous traveling conditions. But, Opengate staff members rose to the challenge with positive attitudes and provided extra care and…