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By Michelle Singh, LMSW, Family & Community Services Program Coordinator 

    

    Family Support Services provides an opportunity for individuals to seek support for a variety of needs. Currently, Family Support Services includes components of Counseling, Case Management, and Trainings/Workshops.   Read more about these services and see the spring workshops by clicking the link below or for more information about any of these services, please contact Michelle Singh at 518.640.3350, or msingh@wildwoodprograms.org.  

     Counseling referrals can be from staff within the agency, staff from other agencies, or the individual themself who is requesting the service. Counseling needs center around grief/loss, life transitions, social isolation, and planning for the present and future.

    As the climate of OPWDD continues to change, Case Management may also continue to shift. Presently, we help individuals with gaining access to OPWDD services by becoming OPWDD eligible. We also assist with applying for benefits through Social Security (SSI and SSDI) and DSS (Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance). In addition, we can help with finding appropriate and affordable housing. Case management services are only for individuals who do not yet have an MSC, soon to be Care Manager.

    Throughout the year, Family Support facilitates about 15 Trainings and Workshops. These range from transition planning for your student to supporting our aging population. Please take a look at the offerings for spring 2018; there are 8 options for gaining more information to better support a loved one. For more information about any of these services, please contact Michelle Singh at 518.640.3350, or msingh@wildwoodprograms.org.

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Upcoming Trainings

 

Guardianship and Its Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by Ed Wilcenski, Esq.

    Some individuals with disabilities will never be fully capable of making independent personal and financial decisions.  This presentation will focus on the different ways in which parents and other family members can ensure that there will always be a legally empowered advocate to make decisions on behalf of a loved one with a disability.

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Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for the Special Needs Family

Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by Ed Wilcenski, Esq.

    Some individuals with disabilities are unable to make good financial decisions.  Moreover, many will rely on means tested government benefit programs to support themselves in the community. When preparing their estate plans, parents should strive to accomplish two objectives on behalf of a family member with a disability: reliable financial management and continuing eligibility for government benefit programs. This presentation will review the essential components of a Special Needs Estate Plan, and will include an explanation of the different types of Special Needs Trusts used in this type of planning.

    Ed Wilcenski is an attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of guardianship, trusts, and estate planning for individuals with disabilities and their families.  He is a Trustee of the Wildwood Pooled Third Party Supplemental Needs Trust, and the brother of a Wildwood consumer.

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Social Security/Medicaid

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by Danielle Mazza, Director of Community and Family Supports at Wildwood Programs; Shirley Dumont, Director of Advocacy Services & Rachael Pflieger, Director of Program Services at Southern Adirondack Independent Living

    Learn the differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI),  what insurances are included with these benefits, and the effects of employment for these benefits. There will also be an overview of Medicaid which will include how to qualify and the different types of Medicaid programs.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Brief Overview

Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Latham Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by: Dr. Knapp-Ines, Clinical Investigator at CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

    This two-hour training provides an introduction to the core and associated characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and how these characteristics impact a student’s success within a learning environment. The training also covers a description of possible causes of autism spectrum disorders. Attention is given to understanding current treatment methods, ranging from evidence-based strategies to more controversial and alternative approaches.

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I am a Parent and I am an Advocate

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Latham Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by: Mary Ann Allen, Executive Director of Wildwood Programs and parent; Karen Nagy - President of Wildwood Programs Board of Directors and parent; Connie Hinkel, parent

    A small group of mothers will share the ups and downs of their experiences raising children (now grown) with developmental disabilities, and how they learned through necessity to overcome their fears and become lifelong advocates for their loved ones and others.

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Aging with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Bridging the Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks - Challenges & Best Practices

Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Latham Conference Rooms A & B

Presented by: Kari VanDenburgh, Director of Nursing & Adult Clinical Services at Wildwood Programs; Anne Murphy, Director of Home & Housing Development at Wildwood Programs

    This workshop will review the importance of working across the aging and developmental disabilities network to help make a difference in quality of life for older adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Participants will complete the training with more resources for supporting their loved ones.

Topics will include:

  • Brief overview of the aging process - the physical and cognitive function of individuals with I/DD
  • In-home and community supports
  • Technology’s impact on aging in place, safety, security, home, health, wellness and social engagement

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All workshops will take place at:

Wildwood, 1190 Troy-Schenectady Road, Building 1, Latham, NY 12110. The trainings will be held in Conference Rooms A, B & C.

Light refreshments will be served. To register call 518.640.3300. For questions only, please contact Michelle Singh at 518.640.3350.

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