Sunday, 26 May 2019

NYSARC Chapters Serving People with Developmental Disabilities Collaborate on Grant Award Featured

The Arc of Schuyler receives grant to work on system transformation projects with Ontario and Seneca Cayuga ARC’s.
The Arc of Schuyler was recently awarded a NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Balancing Incentive Program Grant to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Through the grant, The Arc of Schuyler, Ontario ARC, and Seneca Cayuga ARC will collaborate on three projects to prepare for changes in the system of developmental disabilities services. OPWDD has developed a Transformation Agreement that includes a multi-year plan for expansion of integrated employment and self-direction models, community-based housing options, and a responsive and accountable quality infrastructure.

The Arc of Schuyler Executive Director, Jeannette Frank, sees the benefit of working collaboratively with other NYSARC chapters in the region and on this project.
“We are learning from each other in this process while sharing resources and expertise,” Frank said.

The BIP Transformation Fund offers a unique opportunity to address barriers encountered when working to transform the system of care for people with developmental disabilities. The $154,000 grant will allow for consultants to evaluate quality benchmarking measures and develop an infrastructure to expand availability of self-directed services for people with developmental disabilities, including autism. In addition, mobile devices will be purchased to make it easier for direct support staff to keep required documentation while working with people in community settings.

Ann Scheetz, Executive Director of Ontario ARC expressed excitement about designing new programs. “Self-Directed services are something that people with developmental disabilities and their families have been asking about. This will help us expand these services,” Scheetz said.

“We have a strong culture and commitment to quality. Benchmarking that can be incorporated into our quality improvement systems will be an important part of how we move forward,” added Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Seneca Cayuga ARC.

The Arc of Schuyler, Ontario ARC and Seneca Cayuga ARC are private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families in the Finger Lakes region.

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