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Social inclusion grant opportunities in Central NY

The Kelberman Center Announces Social Inclusion Mini-Grant Funding Opportunities

What is the Social Inclusion Initiative?
A program model which supports community based social opportunities for people with intellectual, developmental (ID/DD) and other disabilities living in rural and urban communities with high rates of poverty and disparate access to social opportunities and other community resources. The initiative will offer two mini-grant opportunities per year for organizations interested in offering inclusive programs/events. The initiative will also offer PEERS and LifeCourse workshops facilitated by The Kelberman Center at no additional cost to interested participants in Otsego County. The mini-grants are made possible by the funding support of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Social Inclusion Initiative Mini-Grant Model:
The first year of the Social Inclusion Initiative will be fulfilled in Otsego County. The mini-grants will be awarded seasonally twice per year. The Summer Program will offer up to $30,000 and the School-Year Program will offer up to $75,000 in funding to a multitude of organizations looking to offer inclusive social programming. The Kelberman Center reserves the right to award numerous applicants partial mini-grant awards up to the previously mentioned amounts.

Due Dates:
The Letter of Intent for the mini-grant opportunities for the Summer Program are due by 3:00 pm on January 15, 2020 and the Letter of Intent for the School-Year Program are due by 3:00 pm on May 13, 2020.

Eligible Applicants:
•    Organizations that are interested in reducing social isolation and developing social opportunities for people with ID/DD.
•    Programs that support development of social skills, soft skills, and pre-vocational skills.
•    Programs interested in exploring innovative transportation solutions to support community participation for people with ID/DD.
•    Organizations that are interested in offering accessible social programming.
•    Organizations that are interested in adapting social opportunities currently offered by the organization to become more socially inclusive.

QUESTIONS:
Contact Brandi Bolton

Email: Brandi.Bolton@Kelbermancenter.org
Phone: 315-797-6241 ext. 296

Instructions for completing the Letter for Intent: Social Inclusion Mini-Grant Letter of Intent

CP State welcomes Judith A. McCowan as President and CEO of UCP Long Island

The Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Long Island recently appointed Judith A. McCowan as President and Chief Executive Officer.

“After the untimely passing of our former President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen H. Friedman, we are fortunate to have someone of Judith McCowan’s talent and experience step up to lead UCP of Long Island,” said Thomas Pfundstein, Chair of the UCP Board of Directors.

McCowan was the former CEO of UCP of Central Pennsylvania and comes to UCP of Long Island as a proven leader, recently being named the “2019 Game Changer” by the Central Penn Business Journal in the category of “Most Admired CEO – Nonprofit.”

Before becoming the CEO of UCP Central Pennsylvania, McCowan was the CEO of Core Business Consultants, a consulting firm that works with struggling human services programs seeking transformational change.

A Maryland native, she comes to UCP of Long Island with 30-plus years of non-profit leadership experience and know-how in the fields of early childhood, education and disability services.

“We’re honored to welcome Judith A. McCowan to the CP State family,” said CP State CEO and President Susan A. Constantino.

“I’m looking forward to supporting Judith and UCP Long Island in their mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” said CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro.

McCowan has a master’s in business administration from Philadelphia’s Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in education from International Seminary in Branford, Fla., as well as master’s-level certifications in advanced contract management.

McCowan, having grown up with a sibling with disabilities, knew at a very young age that she wanted to be an advocate for people with disabilities and work to enrich their lives and a live a life without discrimination.

“I look forward to working with the community and businesses of Long Island to help increase the visibility and promote the mission of this outstanding and vital organization. Being able to impact someone’s life in such an encouraging way is a gift and I feel very grateful to be in a position, which I am able to do that for individuals,” said McCowan.

CP of NYS joins statewide coalition to fight for New Yorkers with I/DD

Seven of New York’s largest non-profit associations representing providers of service supporting New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have joined forces as New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) to launch a statewide campaign to advocate for quality care and support for New Yorkers with I/DD. The coalition represents more than 300 voluntary organizations instrumental in delivering vital services and supports to 140,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). NYDA is joining forces with advocates from across the behavioral health and human services sector to educate elected officials, stakeholders and residents about the dire need for increased funding to stabilize non-profit provider organizations.

Across the state, hundreds of organizations provide lifelong, comprehensive, individualized services to support people with developmental disabilities in all areas of their lives. In addition to delivering physical and behavioral health services, they assist with transportation, housing, medication administration, cooking, feeding, and developing personal care, community living, employment, and money management skills.

New York State relies on the voluntary sector to provide these vital services to citizens with I/DD, but after years of chronic underfunding, this system of care is in jeopardy.

“For years, New York has neglected to give its voluntary non-profit provider organizations a cost of living increase, marginalizing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and creating barriers to adequate care,” said Yvette Watts, Executive Director of New York Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers. “Correcting this funding inequity is critical to ensuring New Yorkers with I/DD are given the opportunity to participate in their communities and receive reasonable access to care and essential supports.”

Over 90% of funding for provider organizations comes from Medicaid. Each year, New York State determines the levels of funding those organizations receive to deliver critical services. Yet in the last decade, despite rising costs, voluntary providers have received only one cost of living increase of 0.2% and have missed out on nearly $8 billion in funding, including $2.6 billion in cuts.

NYDA is asking for an annual 3% increase in funding for the next 5 years to correct the shortage, stabilize the system, and ensure New Yorkers with I/DD have access to quality care and the opportunity to live integrated and productive lives.  

“New York has a reputation for offering exceptional, comprehensive individualized services and programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Susan Constantino, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State. “However, non-profit providers need predictable resources to invest in their workforce, technology and infrastructure. This investment is necessary for New York to sustain its reputation for quality and fulfill its responsibility to provide care and support for people with I/DD.”

“We must provide adequate funding to provide all New Yorkers equal access to care and supports, so people with I/DD aren’t just surviving but living full and meaningful lives,” said Rhonda Frederick, President of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York.

The funding shortfall for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is one that affects all New Yorkers. Provider organizations are sizeable employers, serving as economic engines that spur increased business activity in the communities they serve. Provider organizations are often one of the largest employers in their region. Underfunding not only harms New Yorkers in need of these critical services, it can harm local economies by forcing facility closures and job losses.

About New York Disability Advocates

New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) is a statewide coalition of seven non-profit provider agencies encompassing more than 300 non-profit organizations providing vital services and support to more than 140,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

NYDA Spokespeople:

Yvette Watts has been the Executive Director of New York Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers for 10 years. NYAEMP is a consortium of 40 agencies supporting 12,000 people.

Susan Constantino has been President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State since 2004. She is responsible for the programs and services operated by CP of NYS in New York City as well as the State Association in Cohoes, which offers technical assistance and support to 24 Affiliates throughout the state.

Rhonda Frederick is President and CEO of People Inc. and of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY), an organization that fosters collaboration among agencies who support people with developmental disabilities and gives them a single voice in Albany.

 

In NYC on Dec. 19? Support theater for persons with I/DD

The DreamStreet Theatre Company is a terrific non-profit that creates performance opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

On December 19, they’ll be kicking off the holidays with a celebration of 21 years developing this unique community (including many members of its original cast): a one-night performance of “DreamStreet Through the Ages.”

Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:15. Kids, as always, are welcome and tend to have a great time. Details at www.dreamstreetnyc.org.

CP of NYS supports DSRIP extension

Waiver would invest $8 billion in healthcare delivery system

The Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State recently submitted comments to the state Department of Health in support of a proposal to extend New York’s Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) waiver years and seek an additional $8 billion in federal funding for continued support of health care transformation in the state.

In addition to supporting the waiver, CP recommends changes to the DSRIP process that would consider the concerns of I/DD providers.

“People with developmental and other significant disabilities and the agencies that support them were not prioritized in the first round of DSRIP,” wrote CP of NYS. “Various PPS initiatives included system supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but the amount of Medicaid funding for this high-need, high cost population has not been proportionately reflected in DSRIP activities across the state. Incentives, preferably requirements, must be strong enough to ensure value driven entities (VDE) include I/DD providers.”

CP’s comments also outline that much of the savings New York claims at the federal level is directly related to cuts the state has made to the I/DD system of providers. This has reduced the Medicaid dollars New York State has had to spend on I/DD services and has saved the federal government an estimated $4 billion over the past 10 years.

CP believes that DSRIP must address the inequities confronting the high needs group of people with disabilities.

“If we are to move to a more integrated, community of supports for people with disabilities, the regulatory and financial infrastructure needs to support and align with those goals.”

Click here to read the full comments.

 

Thank you for making the 2019 CP Conference a success!

Everyone who attends our annual conference has one thing in common: They make the lives of people with disabilities better!

This year, we welcomed more than 600 people from every corner of the state to the CP of NYS Annual Conference. They attended nearly 50 workshops, educational sessions, and meetings on issues important to people with disabilities, their families and the people and organizations that provide supports and services.

We recognized and thanked individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of developmental disabilities at our annual awards luncheon, annual awards dinner and the staff recognition banquet.

In addition to the many staff members at our affiliates who were honored, we also recognized the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to those in our care:

Paul Tudisco (ADAPT Community Network)
Al Felmet Achievement Award

Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky (CP of NYS Board of Directors)
Anthony J. Koenig Volunteer Service Award

Stephanie Knaust (Center for Disability Services)
John R. Horvath Award of Distinction

Jeanne Herbert (Inspire of Orange County)
Daniel Wieder Leadership Award

Muntezir “Monty” Bhanji / Stop & Shop (Queens CP)
Employer of the Year Award

Stephen Healy (AccessCNY)
Natalie Rogers Employee of the Year Award

Pieces of Heart Art Program (Upstate Cerebral Palsy)
Program Innovation Award

Ernestine Gayle (Empower)
Robert Schonhorn Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

Norman Biegaj (Olean Lodge #491)
Elks Award

Otis Armstrong Day Habilitation Program (The Center for Discovery)
2019 IMAGINE NY Art Contest Winner

Click here to see more photos from the conference on our Facebook page.

Looking for a session handout? Click here.

Deadline for National Historic Recognition Project is Dec. 15

This is a a call for nominations to recognize and archive the significant contributions of people who are engaged in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities over the period of 2000‐
2020.
This project is a follow up to a National Recognition Project that recognized 36 of the most significant contributors in the field in the 20th Century. Our intent is to create a web‐based archive highlighting the contributions of honorees for the 2000‐2020 period. We feel this effort is critical for the field and should establish a collection that future generations can utilize to build a strong understanding of what happened and who played a significant role. This project is all volunteer-driven and does not require a fee or contribution to apply or to be honored.

Recognition of honorees will include: (a) a certificate as a 2020 Honoree of the National Historic Preservation Project, (b) a lapel pin designating their honoree status, (c) inclusion in a press release, and (d) inclusion in a web‐based booklet describing the contributions of the honorees. Rather than holding a single award event, we are hopeful that these honorees will be recognized at the local, state, regional, or national settings they are most closely aligned with in their work.

The application for nominations can be found here. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submit by mail: Ed Matthews, CEO, ADAPT Community Network, 80 Maiden Lane, New York, New York 10038
Submit via email: pgould@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

For more information, contact: Peg Gould, ADAPT Community Network, Chair at  pgould@adaptcommunitynetwork.org or text 917-226-4433

Healthcare professionals invited to Clinical Care Conference on Nov. 15

Healthcare professionals who provide services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities or are interested in doing so, should join CP of NYS and Medical Directors’ Council for the 2nd Annual Conference on Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Care for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) on November 15 in Saratoga Springs.

This conference is perfect for physicians, dentists, clinicians, therapists, nurses, and administrators who would like to increase their clinical expertise in treating people with I/DD.

Dr. Stephen Sulkes

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen Sulkes, who has provided primary care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in residential and community settings, and developmental-behavioral pediatric specialty care at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester. Dr. Sulkes will speak about gathering the data healthcare professionals need to provide the best possible care for people with disabilities. Read more about Dr. Sulkes and our other speakers here.

Topics of other sessions include Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration, Disuse-Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment, Aging, Dementia, Down Syndrome, and more. Click here for the full schedule.

This informative conference will be held on November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 86 Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Cost is $100 for Nurses, Medical & Dental Residents, Students; $150 for Physicians, Dentists, Clinicians, and others.

Click here to register. 

The registration deadline is November 8 and seating is limited, so register soon!

Book a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel by October 25 to enjoy a special discounted rate.  (Don’t forget a tax-exempt form if applicable.)

Directions to the Clinical Care Conference:

From the South: Take the NYS Thruway (I-87 North) to Exit 24. Take the Adirondack Northway (I-87 North) to Exit 13N. Turn left off exit. In approximately 4 ½ miles, turn left onto Congress Street. Embassy Suites will be on the left.

From the North: Take Adirondack Northway (I-87 South) to Exit 13N. Take right at exit. In approximately 4 ½ miles, turn left onto Congress Street. Embassy Suites will be on the left.

From the East: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike West to NY Thruway. Take Exit B-1 (I-90 Bypass) to I-787 North for approximately 6 miles to Route 7 West for approximately 2 miles to Adirondack Northway (I-87). Take Exit 13N, turn left off exit. In approximately 4 ½ miles, turn left onto Congress Street. Embassy Suites will be on the left.

From the West: Take NYS Thruway (I-90 East) to Exit 24. Take Adirondack Northway (I-87 North) to Exit 13N. Turn left off exit. In approximately 4 ½ miles, turn left onto Congress Street. Embassy Suites will be on the left.

 

2019 Clinical Care Conference Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

STEPHEN SULKES, MD

“In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data” presentation materials [PDF]

Dr. Stephen Sulkes attended Boston University for college and medical school. He was fortunate to experience pediatric residency in Syracuse, NY, under Frank Oski. He completed his fellowship in developmental pediatrics (in the era before Boards) at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had the good fortune to be mentored by Dr. Allen Crocker.

He then followed his wife and US 90 for two tanks of gas and found himself in Rochester, NY, where he has spent the rest of his career.

Steve has provided primary care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in residential and community settings, and developmental-behavioral pediatric specialty care at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester. In 1985, he developed Rochester’s fellowship program in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, initially funded by New York State, then by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program. A glutton for punishment, he then took on leadership of Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Rochester University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), which he now co- directs. These two programs have given him the opportunity to hang out with colleagues from around the country at meetings of the Association for University Centers on Disability, on whose board he has served, and of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, where he currently serves as President. His research and advocacy passions merge around improving health care delivery for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When he is not working or thanking the nearest deity for his phenomenal family, he leads the Performance Measures, an ad hoc group of obviously non-professional and under-rehearsed singers of song parodies.

SPEAKERS

ELMAR H. FRANGENBERG, MD

“Geriatric Assessment Clinic” presentation materials [PDF]

Elmar H. Frangenberg, MD, acquired his medical education in Germany, including a neuropsychiatric residency, and his postgraduate training in pediatrics at the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and in child neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He entered State Service with the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and served as chief of medical services of the Monroe Developmental Center until 2003 and has continued as medical specialist 2 on a part time basis as physician member of a multidisciplinary geriatric assessment team. He holds the faculty position of clinical assistant professor of neurology and serves as the on- site instructor for physicians in training of the medical geriatric medicine program, who rotate through the geriatric assessment Clinic for IDD patients.

GREGG GERETY, MD

“Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Treatment in 2019” presentation materials [PDF]

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont, Dr. Gregg Gerety went to medical school at the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. He trained in Internal Medicine here in Albany and completed fellowship training in Endocrinology at Yale in 1988. Board-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, he is a past- president of the American Diabetes Association New York State affiliate. Dr. Gerety is particularly interested in management of patients with diabetes and those with metabolic bone disease (such as osteoporosis). He is founder of The Endocrine Group Tour de Cure team which rides every June to raise money to help find a cure for diabetes. When not in the office, Gregg loves to be with his family of four children, riding his bike or skiing.

MICHELE GRIGUTS, DDS

“Aspiring to Prevent Aspiration Pneumonia for the Disabled Population Through Optimal Oral Care” presentation materials [PDF]

Michele Griguts, DDS, is the Dental Director in the Bureau of Medical, Dental and Pharmacy policy within the Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs. She started this position in September 2017 after 18 years of practicing dentistry in an Article 28 facility in Albany, New York working with the special needs population. The Bureau’s dental team focus on policies that strengthen the oral health of Medicaid members, especially children, and work to promote access to dental services. Questions about Medicaid Dental Policy and associated questions regarding clinic billing can be directed to the Dental Policy mailbox at dentalpolicy@health.ny.gov.

MARIA KANSAS, MD

“Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration” presentation materials [PDF]

Dr. Maria Kansas grew up in the Capital Region, graduating from Bethlehem Central High School, Union College in Schenectady and Albany Medical College. She is a board certified Family Physician since 1989. She specializes in care for individuals and families across the

lifespan, and is passionate about caring for the whole person and helping individuals maximize their physical and mental health.

Since 2014, she has brought that passion to the Center for Disability Services, Center Health Care where they serve patients with and without disabilities. Serving individuals with developmental disabilities has taught her new skills in communication, observation and medical care.

SETH M. KELLER, MD

“Aging, Dementia, and Down Syndrome” presentation materials [PDF]

Seth M. Keller, MD, is a board-certified neurologist in private practice with Neurology Associates of South Jersey. He specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) with neurologic complications. He cares for

individuals with IDD both in the community as well as in New Jersey’s ICF/DD centers. Dr Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for The Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board. Dr Keller is the Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). Dr Keller is the co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG). Dr. Keller is also the chair of the Adult IDD Section with the American Academy of Neurology.  He is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and webinar and workshop participant. He is a co- author on a number of articles and book chapters relating to aging and dementia in those with IDD. Raised in Philadelphia, PA, Keller received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, earned his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his neurology internship and residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He also served as a neurologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

MARILYN A. LADEWIG, SLP

“Dysphagia Evaluation, Preventing Aspiration Pneumonia with Oral Care” presentation materials [PDF]

Marilyn A. Ladewig is a licensed NY speech-language pathologist and a certified member of the American Speech Hearing Association. She has worked at Constructive Partnerships Unlimited (formerly Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS) for 7 years and has been an SLP for 9 years. She is the clinical SLP at Metro Community Health Center in the Bronx and oversees the speech services in the adult day program. She has experience working in the residential and group home setting overseeing hundreds of patients assessing and managing dysphagia and providing staff education for mealtime protocols. Prior to working in the clinical setting, she worked at the acute care rehab unit at a level 1 trauma center at Orlando Regional Medical Center and completed over 1000 hours of modified barium swallow studies. Marilyn lives in Manhattan with her husband and enjoys traveling, visiting her family in Florida, the weather in September. You can reach Marilyn at mladewig@cpofnys.org or 718-665-6414 x 8768.

STEVEN MARCAL, PsyD

“Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration” presentation materials [PDF]

Dr. Steven Marcal has been with Center Health Care at the Center for Disability Services since 1986. He now serves as the Lead Psychologist at Center Health Care. In his current role, he provides clinical services at Center Health Care, the Center’s adult programs, the Primary Care Department, and St. Margaret’s Center for Children. Dr. Marcal supervises the Center’s In-Home Behavioral Family Support Program and Autism Assessment Family Support grants. Dr. Marcal also has a part-time private practice in Delmar, NY.

Dr. Marcal received his Master of Sciences degree and Certificate of Advanced Specialist in School Psychology from the University at Albany, where he ultimately earned his Doctoral degree in Psychology. Prior to his appointment at the Center, Dr. Marcal was a school psychologist for Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene BOCES and Cairo-Durham School District. Dr. Marcal has spoken at many professional conferences on a range of topics, including: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Capacity in Developmental Disabilities, and Treating Explosive Behaviors. He will be speaking in October, 2019 at the National Association for Dual Diagnosis Annual Conference in new Orleans, LA, along with Debra Marcal, MS, CAS, on the topic of Mindfulness and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Marcal became interested in the problem of ACES because of his long experience working with people with developmental disabilities who have suffered ACES. He has served on the Capital District’s “Think Tank and Action Committee on ACES” and continues to represent the Center for Disability Services on the HEARTS council. He provides regular training at his agency on topics associated with ACES and developmental disability in order to increase knowledge of treatment and increase understanding of this dually affected group of people. A toolkit on this topic, on which Dr. Marcal was the lead author, is available on-line (google using terms “marcal, blog, and toolkit” for the link). Dr. Marcal is a member of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, and the American Psychological Association.

MARCIA RICHMAN, RN

“Constipation” presentation materials [PDF]

Marcia Richman is the Health Care Coordinator/Director of Nursing for AHRC, NYC Departments of Residential Services and Home Care. She is a registered nurse, with master degrees in nursing and geriatrics, as well as certifications in developmental disabilities, geriatrics, palliative care nursing, and administration. For over twenty years, she has worked with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the metropolitan New York area. Her roles with AHRC NYC include serving adults living in residences and the community throughout the five boroughs of NYC, as well as working with families, siblings and staff. She is actively involved in policy writing and committee participation within AHRC as well. She is a member of DDNA and the New York State IDD Nurses Association, and an officer of the local Zone 7 chapter of that group. As part of her daily practice, she has become more keenly aware and concerned about the importance of advance care planning in the lives of those with IDD. Individuals, families and staff are in need of resources, information, education and counseling so they are prepared when life limiting conditions are diagnosed. As nurses present on a daily basis in the lives of those served, they are optimally positioned to begin to help fill that void. Knowledge can be power, and by sharing the knowledge among many, we can empower ourselves to be better prepared to support the chronic issues that arise among aging adults with IDD, as well as the inevitabilities of end of life care for those we serve.

ZACH ROSEN, MD

“Common GI Conditions in People With Developmental Disabilities: Dysphagia” presentation materials [PDF]

Zach Rosen, MD, is a Board Certified Family Physician who has served as Medical Director of AHRC NYC for ten years. During this time, Dr. Rosen has been actively involved in medical systems improvement, including the implementation of the first onsite AHRC based, multidisciplinary Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee and as well as an onsite, multidisciplinary, Wellness Committee.

Favoring clinical research-based data, Rosen will be presenting practical clinical and research based guidance for use with the multiplicity of gastrointestinal manifestations found in the people we serve. Information at this conference will be based on data gleaned from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Medical Library, where, as an alum, Dr. Rosen has full and unrestricted access.

HARVEY SCHERER, MD

“Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration” presentation materials [PDF]

Dr. Harvey Scherer is a child and adult psychiatrist who has long been a champion for persons with developmental disabilities. He is a graduate of Albany medical college where he also completed his residency, served as chief resident in Psychiatry and completed his fellowship in child psychiatry. He has a long and distinguished career, working as a psychiatrist and administrator for the adolescent unit at CDPC, child psychiatry consultant for unified services, Senior psychiatrist on the adult and adolescent units at CDPC, Founding director of the Child and Adolescent psychiatry Unit at Fourwinds Hospital, Child Psychiatry Consultant at St Catherine’s Center for Children Parsons Center for Children and Families. In addition he has traveled and practiced in New Zealand , served as consultant to numerous community agencies and is an active Board member for the Down Syndrome Resource Center. Dr. Scherer has been a leader and core provider at the Center for Disability Services since 1992 in Albany NY where he provides direct patient care to Adults and Children with developmental disabilities and serves as consultant to Center residents experiencing behavioral and mental health crises.

VINCENT SIASOCO, MD

Dr. Vincent Siasoco is a Board-certified Family Medicine physician, Chief Medical Officer of the Metro Community Health Centers, and serves as Co-Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Medical Directors’ Council. He has extensive experience in working with patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across the lifespan. He has previously served as Medical Director for other IDD-focused Article 28 outpatient clinics, Article 16 long-term rehabilitation and behavioral health clinics, and long-term residential programs. He has been involved in all Article 28 clinics attaining NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition and establishing and supervising clinical rotations at his clinics for medical students and residents. He’s the Medical Director of the Alliance for Integrated Care of N.Y., the first Accountable Care Organization with a focus on patients with IDD that was recognized by CMS for having achieved shared savings. He’s a member of the Board of Directors for Mercy Home based in Brooklyn, NY., an agency that provides services for individuals with IDD. He’s a Clinical Director for Special Olympics and an appointed member of advisory committees for OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities).

He received his M.D. degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and obtained his M.B.A. degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. and is a member of the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma.

JERRY STALLER, PT

“Dysphagia” presentation materials [PDF]

Jerry Staller is a physical therapist who is the Division Director of Education and Clinical Services at Jawonio, the Rockland County CP of NYS affiliate. He previously served as the CP of NYS Associate Director of Staff development and Program Director during the Warner Center Program at Willowbrook. He has provided seminars and consultation services to programs across the country on topics of positioning, handling and treatment strategies for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

HALINA WOJCIK, MHP, RDN, CDN

“Celiac Diseaseand Lactose Intolerance” presentation materials [PDF]

Halina Wojcik is passionate about helping people to improve their health by implementing healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyle. In addition to having a private practice, she has been working at AHRC NYC providing nutrition services to clients with special needs. Previously she worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC as a Clinical Coordinator in the Liver Clinic, and at Bellevue Hospital in NYC as Associate Supervising Dietitian in the WIC Program. She obtained her BS in Nutrition and Food Science and Master of Public Health from Hunter College, CUNY.