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

Care Coordinator Wendy smiles hugging Brayden.

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 posing next to the wood lade in his workshop in front of a wall of other tools.

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

Care Coordinator Abby sitting with Mike M, Mike E and Rob on the couch of their group home.

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

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