You’re Invited! Individual, Family and Caregiver Open Forums

Person Centered Services is hosting open forums for individuals, families and caregivers beginning this May – and you’re invited! You can meet our care coordinators and leadership team, provide your thoughts and suggestions, and get all of your care coordination questions answered. Refreshments will be served. So that you can attend the forum that best works with your schedule, forums … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Stephen

Growing up, Stephen Siracusa was your typical, active child: running around on the playground with friends, playing soccer, and dreaming of being in the NFL someday. As Stephen grew older he became clumsier and slower. While doctors said it was just a phase, Stephen and his mother searched for answers. At the age of 12, Stephen was diagnosed with Friedreich … Read More

Care Coordination at Work: Daniela and Dominic

A little positivity can go a long way – just take it from Daniela and Dominic! When care coordinator Dominic Seidel met Daniela Lathey in November 2018, she was in the process of starting self-direction and getting ready to move into a two-bedroom apartment with her friend at a new apartment complex. “Dominic worked very hard by Daniela’s side to … Read More

Care Coordination at Work: Brayden, Grace and Wendy

Grace Davis describes her son Brayden as being a “bolter” when he was young. Brayden, who’s non-verbal, had a tendency to wander and run off, giving Grace and her husband great concerns for his safety. Today, Brayden wears a special tracking device through Project Lifesaver, which not only helps in the event of an emergency, but provides Grace a constant … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet John

John Siradas has his own custom woodworking business where he creates one-of-a-kind items. As a custom craftsman, John makes and sells products such as pens, bottle stoppers, pepper mills, ice cream scoops, bowls and lamps. These items can take anywhere from an hour to a whole day to create. “His pieces are phenomenal and unique,” says Leigh Colangelo, a Care … Read More

Care Coordination at Work: Mike E., Mike M., Rob and Abby

The care coordination model is all about building a life plan that is centered around each person’s specific, individual goals and needs when it comes to the care and services they receive. Life plans help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities connect the dots between all aspects of their care so that they can live fulfilling lives. Care coordinator Abby … Read More

Care Coordination at Work: Arion and Michelle

Michelle LaRock, a care coordinator at Person Centered Services, has been managing care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 15 years. She’s watched many people grow and become successful in life, but no one’s success story touches her heart quite like the one of Arion Nelson. When Michelle became the care coordinator for Arion, who is 9 years … Read More

A Note from the CEO

To Individuals and Families: As you know, the delivery of Medicaid services in New York State for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is changing quickly. OPWDD’s first step toward managed care was the new expanded Care Coordination Organization model and the creation of companies like ours. Now, as OPWDD holds public forums this week to begin rolling out its … Read More

Partnership Created to Improve Care For People with Developmental Disabilities

Three organizations have joined forces to lead the transformation of health care and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across New York State. The three entities – Advance Care Alliance, LIFEPlan, and Person Centered Services – currently coordinate care for approximately 65,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, covering all 62 counties in the state. They have … Read More

Elisha Tomasello named to Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40

Person Centered Services is thrilled to join Buffalo Business First and the Western New York community in recognizing Elisha Tomasello as one of Buffalo’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Tomasello is Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services at Person Centered Services. Elisha’s academic and professional achievements, dedication to her career, and commitment to her community have landed her a much-deserved … Read More