Many of us were elated when Governor Cuomo announced that, because of the strong advocacy and his recognition of the valuable contribution of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), that he was funding a pay raise for DSPs in 2018.  Since then, many things have been conjectured about the state of federal funding and the possibility of cuts to the state budget. There is a question of whether the governor and the legislature will be able to deliver on their promise.

By Michelle Singh, LMSW & Family & Community Services Coordinator


Guardianship…What is this?  


Guardianship is the process of appointing someone to make important life decisions, such as those related to personal, medical and financial issues, for someone who does not have the ability to make those very decisions.


After the age of 18, all individuals become their own guardian. This means that they can make decisions based on the areas described above, personal, medical and financial. What happens if a parent or guardian has been making those decisions, or assisting with those decisions, prior to the age of 18 and there is reasonable belief that the individual with a disability is not able to make solid choices?

“Everyday Heroes, Everyday Dreams” began as a two-year grant sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in 2007.  The grant ended, but Wildwood recognized the value in this initiative and supports it to continue.  Ten years later, it is still going strong.  Everyday Heroes has two main objectives.  The first, to focus on individualized community integration for the people we support.  Second, to build leadership by recognizing and celebrating Direct Support Professionals who display exemplary skill in their profession.

While Guardianship may be the right choice for some people, the most common type of guardianship (Article 17A) is an all or nothing proposition, which essentially grants decision making over most of the major areas of a person’s life to the guardian. Only Article 81 guardianship can be customized, however it is a more time and cost intensive proposition that few people choose to embark on.

Often the concern that surrounds the decision to pursue guardianship is around protection. The person seeking guardianship wishes to ensure the physical and financial security of the person in question. However, there are alternatives, which ensure that a person can receive necessary supports in specific areas, without taking so much of their decision-making and independence away.

By now, you may have heard the term “CCO.” But what is it and what does this new acronym mean?

A “CCO” is a Care Coordination Organization. New York State, in its pursuit of a managed care model, will be introducing Care Coordination Organizations to the field and they are planned to begin in July 2018. The Care Coordination Organizations will be responsible to provide all the supports your current Medicaid Service Coordination does, as well as integrating medical and behavioral health.

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