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Partners Health Plan and its sister agency, Care Design NY, donate NYSTEC presentation award to the Center for Disability Services

Scott Doolan, RN BSN, MBA, Director of Healthcare Programs at Partners Health Plan presented at the at NYSTEC Conference on Telehealth.  His presentation was selected by an audience poll for “favorite innovation” and was awarded $2,500 by NYSTEC to donate to charity.  Partners Health Plan and its sister agency, Care Design NY, chose to donate it to the Center for Disability Services in the Capital Region for its enormous support in in sponsoring specialized COVID-19 vaccine clinics for members with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  The donation was presented on July 14 during a gathering of the winning innovators and organizations receiving donations.  Thank you, NYSTEC, for this opportunity and also the, Center for Disability Services, for all that you do for the I/DD community!

Advocacy Rally For Direct Support Professionals

Long Island Rally

Join Long Island Advocacy Network for the Developmentally Disabled (LIANDD)The Alliance and New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) in the fight to get Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) the respect – and the pay – they deserve!

When: Wednesday, 8.4 @ 11AM

Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Rd.
Commack, NY 11725


PHP Presents “Taking Charge of You Health”

On July 20, 2021, Partners Health Plan (PHP) presented at this year’s SelfAdvocacy Association of NY State’s (SANYS) Long Island Regional Conference for members, which consists of adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who serve as self-advocates, many of whom live independently. 

PHP’s presentation“Taking Charge of Your Health,” included information on how be involved in your healthcare decisions, how to plan for future healthcare needs, and how to ensure that your goals and choices are being considered.  

 At this year’s conference, Partners Health Plan’s Scott Doolan, Director of Healthcare Programs, Karleen Haines, Chief of Member Relations and Advocacy, and Diane Marrone, Chief of Care Coordination, were pleased to co-present on these topics with Jessica Campbell, a PHP member who is both a PHP Advisory Board member and SANYS employee.  Learn more about JessicaMarch 2021 Member SpotlightThank you, Jessica and SANYS-Long Island, for the opportunity to help self-advocates take charge of their health! 


If you would like more information about PHP or this presentation, please contact: 

Partners Health Plan and Care Design NY Sponsor Special Olympics NY Night Of Champions

Partners Health Plan and Care Design NY were proud to sponsor the Special Olympics NY Night of Champions and the “Game Changers” that were recognized for their work on vaccinations, leadership, and support of unified sports. 

We were very fortunate to work with NYSID, the Center for Disability Services, and other community partners to prioritize individuals with disabilities for vaccination.

Congratulations to the 2021 Game Changers: Senator John Mannion, NYSID President and CEO Maureen O’Brien and NYSED Deputy Education Commissioner Ceylane Myers-Ruff and all the athletes! 

Advocate For The Better Care Better Jobs Act

The American Network of Community Options & Resources (ANCOR) is leading an advocacy effort to advance the Better Care Better Jobs Act in the U.S. Congress.

If enacted, funding will be invested in the HCBS programs, which would include the workforce; a historic investment in the care economy.

Click here to access the advocacy action tool to tell your members of Congress to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act by signing on as co-sponsors.

OPWDD Update On American Rescue Plan Funding (FMAP) Submission To CMS

New York State submitted a spending plan to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) for implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  You can learn more on the New York State Department of Health website:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021  Section 9817:
Additional Support for Medicaid HCBS during the COVID-19 Emergency

New York State Spending Plan July 2021

CMS Guidance on the Implementation.

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) invited public comments to help plan the future of the service system.  You can learn more by visiting their website:  click here for OPWDD public comments.

Partners Health Plan and Care Design NY Provide OPWDD with Valuable Input

Partners Health Plan and Care Design NY Provide Valuable Input on the Statewide Comprehensive 5.07 Plan

CLICK HERE for the letter to Commissioner Kastner from Kerry Delaney, CEO, Partners Health Plan and Jim Moran, CEO, Care Design NY providing OPWDD with recommendations to guide the planning, resource allocation and evaluation processes on the development of a statewide comprehensive plan of services in accordance with 5.07 of the NYS Mental Hygiene Law for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Partners Health Plan is the only fully integrated provider-led managed care model in the State that provides a cohesive 360-degree platform for the care and support required by the complex I/DD population. The high touch two-person care coordination team allows individuals to access services providing them with the greatest flexibility and quality outcomes.

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