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

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Dustyn

Dustyn, an aspiring sports broadcaster and junior at Allegany-Limestone Central School, had the opportunity to shadow Joe Buscaglia, sports reporter for Channel 7 News in Buffalo, NY. After meeting and impressing Shane Costa, a certified sports agent and Allegany-Limestone alumni, during an interview, Costa offered to set Dustyn up with Buscaglia for a day of job shadowing at WKBW. A … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Richard

Everyone dreams of being an Olympian at some point in their life. For Richard, his dream was no different, and that dream became a reality in 2017 when he joined the Special Olympics New York – Western Region soccer team. When Krista Brairton, Richard’s care coordinator at Person Centered Services, began working with Richard in 2017, he had already made … Read More

Care Coordination at Work: Detrice and Samantha

When Care Coordinator Samantha Andrews first met Detrice, she was living with her 1-year-old son, Tyler, in her mother’s home; a home with no running water or heat, among other problems.  Samantha was determined to help Detrice, who is 23, live the safe, healthy and fulfilling life that she deserved. Detrice and Samantha worked together to find new living quarters … Read More

What is Care Coordination?

With over 600 care coordinators across 18 counties, Person Centered Services is positively impacting the lives of thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. But what exactly is care coordination? As a Care Coordination Organization, or CCO, we provide customized care planning focused on every one of an individual’s health, wellness, behavioral health and safety needs. Until July 1, … Read More